Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Idyllwild frost!


The family all drove up to Idyllwild over the holiday weekend and we stayed in a two story cabin, complete with a full kitchen.  We basically just stayed there and went around town a little bit.  We all wanted to relax and enjoy a different environment and boy, was it different!  Hubby and I drove up Friday afternoon (I had a furlough day), got the food put away in the cabin, figured out who got which bedroom, and lit a fire in the wood-burning stove. It was COLD Saturday morning and when our daughter and I headed out to the store to buy some coffee creamer, I took these photos.  I thought it was snow, but the local merchants told me it was frost.  Isn't it amazing?  I can't wait for our next trip back up there.  Idyllwild is at about 6,000 feet, up a solid granite mountain (formed from the nearby San Andreas fault).  We all had a relaxing weekend and we had some good family time together.  The grandson got to feed peanuts to the blue jays and squirrels and he discovered a caterpillar making its way across the railing (probably a meal for one of the blue jays!)  For those of you who commented that how could there be frost in May, remember this is at 6,000 feet in our local mountains and a storm front moved in overnight.  We could see the clouds Saturday morning at sunrise.  And, the desert was cooler that morning, also...it was only 82 degrees that day and it had been in the 100's the previous week.

6 comments:

KT said...

I don't understand how it can be frosting where you are, and where we were last week (Grand Canyon) it was over 100 degrees. :)

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Don't you just love how you can go from freezing temps at 6000' to triple digits this weekend? Sounds like a really great family weekend.

Rohrerbot said...

Looks gorgeous. They had some cold cold temps on Saturday up in the White Mountains here. Of course, we were in Phoenix and I have to say, the temps were perfection. Perfect time to be in the capital.

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Funny to see those pictures while I´m having 29ÂșC outside in the street. Well done!

Teresa said...

What the heck? Frost? not a scene I would associate at this time of year anywhere--except Antarctica.

Mark Alan Meader said...

Yep.. our yard was covered in shards of ice that had frozen on the trees over night and started raining down on Sat. morning. I was supposed to do an outdoor art festival in town, but due to the crappy weather we decided to stay home. Too bad, because Sunday was beautiful, as you know. Today it is 85°.. go figure:)