Want to see the poppy super bloom in California? Brace yourself for large crowds, long lines

Poppy fever has returned to Lake Elsinore, California.

As a dense fog blanketed the city, hundreds parked at an outlet mall a few miles south of Walker Canyon and waited for shuttle rides to the poppy fields. 

After tens of thousands descended on the town last weekend and caused major traffic headaches, city officials and law enforcement responded with a plan to require all weekend Walker Canyon visitors to ride a $10 shuttle from the Nichols Road exit.

Hundreds gathered inside a vacant store to wait for the shuttles, which started ferrying super bloom fanatics at 6:30 a.m. The parking lot was already starting to fill up around 8:15 a.m. as drivers searched for empty spaces.

Jacob Vizcarra and Hourig Mardirossian, both from Pasadena, brought a picnic lunch and hot tea for their trip to the poppy fields. They got in line around 7:45 a.m.

“We wanted to see them before they die,” Mardirossian said. 

“They’re so pretty,” she added. “It’s temporary. Enjoy them while they’re there.”

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