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.
Friday, May 31, 2013
http://lifeaccordingtojanandjer.blogspot.com/ UPDATE for Magical Mystic Teacher: Idyllwild is a nice little close-knit community. There is a school up there and also a branch of the USC-run ISOMATA school of the arts for music, dance, and theater. We LOVE Idyllwild and are seriously thinking about retiring there. We would only be an hour from our kids' homes down in the desert. There are a lot of community activities up there. I do recall several years ago, at the height of a drought, that water was rationed, however...
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com/ The sign says, "WITCH TREE"!!!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
We were invited back to Idyllwild last weekend. Only this time, it was a private house. Our daughter's former middle school band teacher (and her sub while she was out on pregnancy leave...) has a home up near Idyllwild and she offered us the use of it over the weekend. So, off we went Friday afternoon. We had crisp, cool mornings, and cool afternoons. I was bundled up in a jacket by Sunday afternoon! :-) Our daughter, husband, and baby Ellie came with us and I got to babysit and feed the baby at 4:00 a.m.! I also got to watch a family of 6 coyotes come out into the meadow behind the house every morning and afternoon, although I didn't realize there were 6 of them until I spotted them all out there Sunday afternoon. The pups ran around and chased each other and played tag and roll around in the grass. We spotted one Friday evening, out alone, and he called to the others and a chorus of coyote yips came out from behind the trees on the other side of the meadow. I'm glad we had an opportunity to enjoy the meadow and its creatures!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I just thought I'd take a little break today and post some pics of the wildflowers and flower seeds which are now blooming in my garden. Ahhhh....can you smell them? I enjoy their color and so do the hummingbirds! Now, go out and enjoy your day!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I was complaining that there weren't many mountain lupines this year and then last weekend, up near Anza, CA, I found these! There were two other, darker patches up on the mountain road, but they were on spots without turnouts or enough road to safely walk out on it without being hit by traffic. So, I settled for these. They are a little bit pale, but at least they are blooming. There are a couple of patches of California poppies nearby, too. So, our spring hasn't been a total washout! Aren't they pretty? Our World Tuesday for May 21, 2013. To visit OWT, please go to: http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com/
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
I was able to book one of the cabins at our favorite lodge up in Idyllwild this past weekend, at the Silver Pines Lodge. They have 3 individual cabins as well as some in the main lodge. They also have a triplex and a duplex, which I'd like to rent one weekend. Several Pacific Crest trail hikers were in the smaller rooms in the triplex and duplex. They were "off trail" for the weekend, chowing down some decent food and taking long, hot showers! Idyllwild is not far off the trail and it gets many, many hikers who stop there for food, mail, and a night in a cabin. Can't blame them, that's for sure! Unfortunately, for them, it is downhill from Idyllwild, into the desert, then through Whitewater Canyon, and up to Big Bear. From Big Bear, it's BACK down into the high desert, then Tehachipi, then another LONG desert spell, and then finally the eastern Sierra. I wanted a couple of them about the high temps forecast here next week...it will be in the 100's as they make their downward trek. And, this year, water is scarce. I wish them all good luck! Anyway, the grandson and his parents came with us and a good, restful weekend was had by all. It's interesting how just getting out of the desert heat can be so restful. Hubby took a nap Saturday afternoon and he told me he hasn't been that relaxed for a LONG time! Here are a few pics from our weekend...more to come during the week. That's the view from our cabin's long back porch (and the grandson off to see the blue jays) in the top photo. The 3rd one shows the lodge and cabins around it. We were in one of the 3 cabins which are separate from all of those other ones. Our cabin has a HUGE, long back porch with a wooden railing. The one next door has a back porch deck (which you can see), and the first cabin just has a little wooden deck.
Friday, May 10, 2013
We aren't taking any long vacations this summer except for a week in a cabin up in the Sierras. That's pretty unusual for us. We usually travel around during the summer because I'm off school and it's slow here in the desert for hubby. But, he was forced to use ALL his sick days and vacation last December, so instead of having 4 weeks' vacation, he has 5 days built up...sigh...the whims of corporations! But, we do have Idyllwild close by and I'm sure we'll be spending a few days on and off up there during the summer. Here are some pics from our last trip to Idyllwild. Who wouldn't want to return there? It's only an hours' drive from our home and it is a LOT cooler up there!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Our son, grandson, and his mom joined us last weekend up in Idyllwild. We all wanted a weekend out of the desert heat and it turned out to be a good decision. It was 103 degrees on Sunday in the desert. Yes, the Stagecoach fans had to endure that heat! We couldn't get into our regular (favorite) cabin at Silver Pines Lodge, so we booked a smaller one at the Fern Valley Inn. It was delightful, but a bit cramped. And, there weren't as many blue jays and gray squirrels. So, in a couple of weeks, we are all heading back to Idyllwild and the Silver Pines Lodge's big cabin. It has a large back porch with a swing and provides an excellent area to feed the blue jays and squirrels. Also, a family group of quail come twice a day (morning and late afternoon) to feed next to the cabin, so we'll be able to watch them. And, it has a koi pond (we're going to have to keep an eye on the grandson so he doesn't tumble in!). He really enjoyed watching the fish when we stopped by the cabins last weekend for a preview. These koi are HUGE! And, they were all mouths! I'm sure the grandson will be worn out from that next trip! Nature Notes for May 2, 2013. To visit NN, please go to: http://ramblingwoods.com/
Wednesday, May 1, 2013