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.






Tuesday, December 24, 2013

An early Christmas holiday

We just spent 2 nights up in Idyllwild, CA, which is near the Palm Springs tram.  Idyllwild is the town in our local San Jacinto mountains, at about 5500 feet.  It was the community which was threated by the big fire last summer and was completely evacuated.  In fact, we drove right by the spot where the fire originated.  It was ugly.  Anyway, the grandson (who is 4...) wanted to stay in a "cabin" so we were able to book one night at the Silver Pines Lodge in town (our FAVORITE place!) and another night at the Fern Valley Inn.  Both cabins had a bedroom and either a pullout couch or two futons.  There was still snow on the ground up in Idyllwild from last week's unexpected snowfall and the cars were covered with frost early in the morning.  The blue jays were hungry and were screaming for food, too!  So, the grandson got a kick out of feeding them peanuts.  We ate lunch at the Red Kettle cafe in town (excellent food and service!) and cooked dinner in each of the cabins.  And, of course, we made smores for the little one (I even had one myself!).  A good time was had by all.  We tried to accommodate our son's work schedule and this worked out for all of us.  That's our son and our grandson.  They were at the Idyllwild public library.  Ben now has his FIRST library card!  :-)

A MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!

~~Cheryl Ann~~

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