This spot isn't just accessible by four-wheel drive. It is on a paved road. It's one of my favorite spots and I love to watch the cottonwood trees change during the seasons. Last fall I stopped and took photos of them when they were brightly colored and now they are green with Spring growth. On this day, the sky was blue, the wind was lightly blowing, and I savored my time with them. SkyWatch Friday and Looking at the Sky on Friday for April 30, 2010.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
While our desert wildflowers are pretty much gone, our local mountains are in full bloom. Last weekend I pulled off the main highway and took some photos of these mountain beauties! They are in their prime right now and have endured last week's snow and this week's winds. Nature Notes for April 29, 2010.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I found these oak trees up on the dirt road by Cahuilla Mountain, seen in these pics. Further up on the mountain are pines, but at this elevation, about 4300 feet, the oaks are thriving. While oak trees may be seen from the paved road, I enjoyed driving up the dirt road, seeing the views of the valley below, and being closer to these. I plan on returning to Cahuilla Mountain in the future! ABC Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday for April 28, 2010.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I drove my little RAV up the road to Tripp Flats Trail, but didn't go all the way on Sunday. I was so amazed by the views of the mountains and valley below and finally realized I needed to get over to my horses! Ahhhh...there's always next weekend! I would like to return to this road, with my husband, and go just a little further to the end of the road. From there, the trail goes a couple of miles up Cahuilla Mountain. That's My World for Tuesday, April 26, 2010.
Monday, April 26, 2010
This is one of the places I went with my RAV. Back in the canyons, the desert shrubs are still blooming. I don't see many any longer along the roads. This was back in Pushawalla Canyon, near Indio. Mellow Yellow Monday for April 26, 2010.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I took my RAV (Toyota RAV4, 1997) up a trail near Cahuilla Mountain today. I'd driven by this road so many times and never went on it. It was muddy from the week's rains (and there was a LARGE pool of water to drive through and a very rough dirt road), but I made it up the trail just fine. There were some off-roading cyclists getting ready for a ride, but just LOOK at the views! That is Mt. San Gorgonio, near Redlands, CA, off in the distance peering through the shrubs. I can't wait for next weekend and another road to explore! Scenic Sunday for April 25, 2010.