I recently returned home to Kentucky after spending a week in Yucaipa visiting family. So pleasant and memorable was my first ever visit that I still find myself thinking about the area’s changing relationship with farming and orchards, the significance of the Yucaipa Adobe, and the proximity to Angeles National Forest.

I woke early each morning to take in the view of San Gorgonio Mountain along with my coffee. Even during my brief stay and from my relatively shallow digging into the life of the place, I was struck by how Yucaipa, perched as it is on the edge of a national forest, has worked to embrace the limits imposed by its beautiful, rugged, and mountainous neighbors to the north and east.

I imagine there are many challenges that come with having a national forest as a boundary — with being the city on the edge of a popular destination — but being hemmed in by the wildness and vastness of a national forest also reminds me that a flourishing community is one continually learning how to embrace the limits of its place.

I do hope to return and discover additional ways Yucaipa is learning to be a good neighbor to San Gorgonio and all the other places I gazed up at in the cool of the morning, and until then, keep up the good work.

John Inscore Essick

Kentucky

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