Our search for the elusive California poppy fields near Palmdale, CA has been the source of many a good laugh. After spending about two hours driving to the poppy reserve one afternoon, we climbed the steep hill anticipating the view from the top. We envisioned beautiful, everlasting fields of orange and yellow poppies disappearing into the horizon . Well, after huffing and puffing our way up the hill, we actually viewed valley full of brownish greenery and a few wild flowers, but no poppies! I guess when the attendant at the pay gate pointed to the small bunch of poppies in the parking lot and said, “That’s about as as good as it gets, ma’am.” He wasn’t kidding!