My adventures in and near Deep Canyon, located near Palm Desert, CA and the pinyon mountains near it.
Graceful dead tree up above Deep Canyon.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Hubby and I spent 3 nights up in Idyllwild and are now back home for the holiday. We were there Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights at the Silver Pines Lodge and cabins. We rented one of the individual cabins with a rock fireplace. Not so good. The fireplace let cold air drop down into the cabin and we finally got a fire going ($80 for firewood was spent) and kept it going for the entire 3 days! Our friends even donated some of the pine cuttings (which were FULL of sap!) to help us keep warm. But, it was nice for a change from the desert! I had to take Lady, our shepherd, out for early morning bathroom breaks and I could clearly see the stars like the Orion constellation. WOW! I also heard a pack of coyotes howling up on the hill (the cabins back up to national forest land) one morning when I took her for a potty break. They apparently had just caught something and were whooping it up. We took Lady with us because we've only had her 2 months (she is a rehomed PUREBRED German Shepherd, age 6 or older...), but she is so well mannered I knew she'd be fine. She was REAL interested in the gray squirrels out back behind the porch! I looked out yesterday morning and there were 30 quail, 3 young ravens (they were hilarious!), several blue jays, and about 6 squirrels, and 1 rabbit hopping its way down the ravine next door! I had thrown out some birdseed with corn and they were all enjoying it. Oh, and 3 flickers! We love going to Idyllwild and since it is only one hour away, we save on gasoline. Hubby cooked dinner each night on the BBQ behind the lodge. Here are some pics from our trip. Enjoy your holiday today!