Liz and I spent the day checking out my old stomping grounds. Philbrook Lake and the High Lakes area is where I would spend the majority of my time riding my motorcycle, fishing and hiking when I was a kid. Philbrook was almost completely empty and my 2WD van had no problem making it close to Spring Valley Lake for a quick hike in. Nothing is really photogenic at the moment. Lack of rain or snow pretty much diminishes the natural beauty around these parts. It's probably been 15 years since I've been in this area and it felt good to see everything again. I have a lot of memories in these places and it made me smile just to be cruising the backroads again.