In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir
It was the act of the community coming together raise the funds that made the preservation of Mt. Rubidoux peak possible. Thousands of community members made this possible and that makes the peak yours!
Rivers & Lands Conservancy is dedicated to preserving the peak and helping our partners who promote and love the landmark. We want our community to continue to find inspiration, a sense of belonging, and the fulfillment that comes from embracing open space on Mt. Rubidoux.
Here are a few ideas for how to do that!
Finding Music on Mt. Rubidoux
If you had gotten married 100 years ago, you likely would have danced to composer Carrie Jacobs-Bond’s song “I Love You Truly.” Chances are you would also know the popular song that was inspired by a sunset view from the peak of Mt. Rubidoux and composed immediately after at The Mission Inn in 1910. Although it was written for her friends, “A Perfect Day” grew to become one of the most popular songs of the time. We are all waiting for the next popular song inspired by the peak! Maybe it will be written by you.
Capture the Perfect Moment
The winding trail up to the peak is filled with possibilities for framing an amazing photograph. The variety of plants, wildlife, historical features, and of course, people, offer endless possibilities. Whether you are searching through a lens or building up your Instagram, how you see the mountain will likely carry over into how you see your day! Beauty and inspiration are everywhere and just waiting for you to notice. And we really want to see your photos! Tag us on Facebook on the Rivers and Lands Conservancy page and on Instagram @RiversAndLands. #MeetUsatTheTop
Plein Air at the Peak
Whether you a budding visual artist or a professional, there are definitely benefits to crafting your art in open space. Here’s few reasons to paint or draw at the peak:
Study the shifts of natural light
Develop of more accurate color definition
Simplify your technique
Practice capturing the essence of place
Get outside and out of your studio!
Just a stroll with a sketch pad or some time drawing while perched on the cement benches might take your art in new directions. And who knows what fellow artists you might meet while your sketching! The beauty of Mt. Rubidoux resonates in a different way for everyone. We would love to see Mt. Rubidoux through your eyes!
Somethingto Write About
Many writers swear that a long walk is the best way to work out a challenging line in a poem, a tricky bit of plot, or to come up with the next great idea. And being out in open space, connecting with the natural world also gets the words flowing.
More than this, Mt. Rubidoux is a place teeming with stories. They can be found in the people around you, in the history of place, and in the possibilities for the future. Still need some writing prompts? Here are a few to get you started.
Write a story from the point of view of the mountain.
Imagine you stopped to rest beneath the cross and woke up 100 years later.
Rubidoux has a secret. What is it?
There is a ghost that haunts Mt. Rubidoux. Who is it?
Every dog has his day. Tell a story about a dog who is a regular on the trail.
What’s your Mt. Rubidoux story? We can’t wait to hear it.