Lancaster, CA Today we found the poppies! Lancaster, CA is in Antelope Valley. Antelope Valley has fantastic conditions for the Mexican Gold Poppy also called the California poppy - state flower of California. It seems silly to have a state flower that blooms for such a brief time and is so elusive until you have seen vast carpets of the amazing colors. The poppy is also called Cup of Gold with good reason. Although Sandi had tried to explain it, Jim was dumbfounded when he saw the displays on the hillsides. It is breathtakingly beautiful. Unfortunately, it was not only the beauty that took our breath away. The wind was sustained at 38 to 43 mph with gusts between 70 and 80 mph PLUS we hiked up and down hills. We spotted birds “flying” sideways and were ourselves propelled along rapidly when the wind was behind us or bent in half when trying to force ourselves into the wind. It was totally worth it! Now if we could just find Jim a rattlesnake.