I live in the desert, near Palm Springs, but I board my 5 rescue horses up in our local mountains. So, every time I drive from the desert to the mountains, I pass through pinyon country. Sometimes I just pull off onto the dirt road, roll down my windows, and feel the cool air. I LOVE looking up at the mountains, like this one. This week, there was a slight breeze and I pulled over to hear it whisper through the pinyons. And, my heart rate lowers when I see views like this! I'm hoping our air conditioner works today as it will be 98 degrees down in the valley today. ACK! We try to live without a/c as long as we can, but yesterday was 98 degrees and the house didn't cool down at all last night. We both sat in our chairs with fans on and sweated. So, we may have to turn on the ole a/c today (...sad face...) Nature Notes for May 20, 2010. I won't be able to drive up the mountain today as I'm going to the retirement party for two teachers who are taking early retirement!