Ramona Grasslands Preserve
Sure, Africa has meerkats, but we have California ground squirrels. One of their headquarters is the Ramona Grasslands. There are squirrels on rocks; squirrels running across fields; squirrels standing up; squirrels chirping. So many squirrels! The Grasslands offer several trails. We took the 2-mile "Wildflower Loop". This wide pleasant trail offers a ramble that is mostly level with some moderate hills. There is also intermittent shade offered by scrub oaks; Some of them are magnificent. There are also nice views of the mountains.
We saw some bird drama. A red-tailed hawk snatched up a ground squirrel. Then, two more hawks followed in hot pursuit. This alerted three crows that also sped away in hopes of stealing a meal.
There is a large parking lot, just off Highland near Archie Moore. Walk through the small gate with a latch and there is a map of the area and pictures of some of the fauna. Buckwheat was in bloom and I'll bet there will be beautiful spring wildflower blooms.