TAKE A HIKE: Even if you won't be able to prance through a colorful carpet a la Dorothy and Toto this year, you can still walk the beautiful reserve. Wildflowers do show through late May, and there are other treats to the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat.
MORE FLOWERS: Of course, if you do need your flower carpet this year, you may need to look to a more controlled environment like the Flower Fields in Carlsbad or the petal-filled areas in and around Lompoc, which will get going soon. Even if you do do this, though, be sure to give props to the poppy, our orange-riffic state flower.
(Please don't take us to task on the "orange-riffic" bit; how else to describe the bud's seemingly made-in-Hollywood hue? It's pretty full of kapow.)