Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014

Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014
This big guy crossed the highway, October 2014.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mountain moods

I really never know what the mountains above Palm Desert and along Deep Canyon are going to be like.  On this morning, I was out for my morning walk in the city-sponsored golf course and I looked up toward Deep Canyon.  The shiny object in the bottom photo is one of the homes up along the road (Highway 74).  Clouds were spilling over the mountains, an event which frequently happens here in the desert.  The moisture doesn't reach the desert floor, but falls instead in the mountains.  They have had two storms in the last couple of weeks and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom again.

Spring on the mountain

I took a quick run up the mountain today to check on the horses.  They are all fine and fat and woolly.  In fact, they are all shedding!  Once they get past March, they shed every year.  On my way down, I stopped to look at these purple flowers along the road.  Aren't they pretty?  Deep Canyon has had a couple of rain storms in the last week or so and I saw a lot more wildflowers today.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring break...ALMOST!!!

One more day until Spring break and believe me, I am SO READY!  The kids really haven't been bad, but I'm exhausted!  We had a 65 question language arts test to give them last week and then another 65 question math test (which the district got out to us LATE)...for this week!  Believe me, the kids' little brains are scrambled eggs right now and I'm exhausted!  Several of them asked to sit down with me and go over their tests, which I've been doing (their answers are all on scantrons) and I do see a lot of improvement from the beginning of the year.  Anyway, I'm READY for a week-long break!  I've been walking in the mornings before school, even with my sore knee.  I find that once I get out and start walking, it seems to move smoother. It's getting up and down that is painful.  I'm also taking a liquid glucosamine supplement, which seems to be helping.  Anyway, here are some pics from my morning walks.  ENJOY! I sure do enjoy my morning walk and I always feel "off" if I don't do it.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Joshua Tree National Park wildflowers~Nature Notes~032912

Hubby and I traveled out to Joshua Tree National Park last Saturday.  It was an overcast day, not the best for taking photos, but he was off for the whole weekend, so off we went.  I didn't get to drive up through Deep Canyon and I am missing it.  There was more snow up there last weekend and I honestly didn't wish to be hobbling around with my sore knee up there.  So, he and I headed the other direction, toward Joshua Tree.  We ate lunch and entered the park through the western entrance.  There were a few more blossoms on the joshua trees, but not many wildflowers at that end of the park.  We decided to drive all the way through it, since our daughter lives in Indio and we had to stop by her house before heading home.  There were more wildflowers at the eastern end of the park and I stopped to take some photos of them.  There were lots of blues and purples, but not too many yellow ones.  It hasn't been the best year for wildflowers anywhere here in the desert, since we haven't had the rains like we had last year...sigh...but at least there were a few flowers blooming.  Nature Notes for March 29, 2012.  To visit Nature Notes, please visit:

Egret~World Bird Wednesday~032812

I took the grandson (he's 3...) through one of the avaries at the Living Desert Reserve last Sunday.  Hubby and I were babysitting him for the day and we love to take him there to see the trains and animals.  He wasn't too impressed by the birds, but I saw this lovely egret there.  I appreciated the fact that he was showing off his beautiful, lacy feathers!  Aren't they graceful?  World Bird Wednesday for March 28, 2012.  To visit WBW, please follow this link:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Living Desert~Our World Tuesday~032712

It was spring break Sunday at the Living Desert Reserve here in Palm Desert, CA.  There were a lot of people there and a LOT of kids!  It was a beautiful, but warm day and hubby, the grandson, and I went there for about 2 hours.  The grandson wanted to see the trains and we saw those and then hiked around the park.  I enjoyed seeing the desert plants.  Yes, that's hubby walking around...He isn't often around on the weekends, because he's usually working, so it was nice to have a weekend off together!  Our World Tuesday for March 27, 2012.  To visit OWT, please go to:

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday's weather~Sunday Stills Challenge~032512

Remember the photos from last weekend?  We had a HUGE storm move through the Coachella Valley.  Snow was down to about 2,500 feet.  Well, that was LAST weekend.  This weekend, another storm is scheduled to arrive, but these were my views of the Santa Rosa mountains yesterday morning when I hobbled out for my morning walk.  The snow, except on the higher elevations, is pretty much gone.  I won't have a chance to visit Deep Canyon today as hubby and I have to babysit the grandson, BUT...we will take him to the Living Desert Reserve, here in Palm Desert, and I'll get some photos looking up at the mountains.  We've had 80 degree weather this week, but yesterday was cooler and another storm is scheduled to arrive today.  SSC for March 25, 2012. To visit SSC, please go to:

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Storm on the mountain~SkyWatch Friday~032312

I headed out Sunday morning to see what was happening up on the mountain.  Clouds were swirling and it was snowing.  Another beautiful winter day in the desert, looking up Deep Canyon!  SkyWatch Friday for March 23, 2012. We've had temperatures in the 80's for the last couple of days, but another storm is heading our way this weekend. TO visit SkyWatch Friday, please go to:

Ice on cholla~Nature Notes~032212

I don't often see ice on cholla, so when I drove up the road next to Deep Canyon last Sunday, I was thrilled to see quite a few cholla with ice on them.  I pulled off at one turnout and hobbled over to this one to take a closer look.  Isn't that interesting?  It looks like little, white cotton balls!  This storm dropped the most snow on our local mountains that I've seen in a couple of years and it is welcomed.  Nature Notes for 032212.  To visit Nature Notes, please go to this link:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hawk~World Bird Wednesday~032112

I never know what I'm going to find up in our local mountains and on this day, I managed to look up in the ponderosa forest and see this hawk.  I don't know what kind it is...can someone tell me?  I know there are red tailed hawks up there because I've heard their cries.  I've seen Kestrels, too, and one time an owl flew over me.  I only realized it because I caught motion out of the corner of my eye.  I never heard a sound!  I didn't hear this hawk either.  Instead, he made lazy circles in the meadow before disappearing out of my sight.  World Bird Wednesday for March 21, 2012.  To visit World Bird Wednesday, please go to:

Monday, March 19, 2012

Storm aftermath~Our World Tuesday~032012

Our local mountains were hit by a late winter storm over the weekend and snow was down to about 2,000 feet.  I drove up Sunday morning to see how low it was and I was surprised (pleasantly)!  Snow fell down to some of the expensive homes on the south side of Palm Desert, which are at about 2,000 feet.  The pinyon forest also had snow.  I even saw the CALTRANS (California Department of Transportation) snowplow driving up and down the mountain.  When these mountains have snow, they also have rock slides and we ALL appreciate the work that CALTRANS does to keep this road open.  It is the only road down to the desert for people who live in Garner Valley and Anza, unless they go out of their way and travel the opposite direction to catch the interstate.  I saw many cars and trucks covered with snow Sunday morning.  The news also reported that the road was competely closed further up, at about 5,000 feet, because of blizzard conditions.  I'm glad the storm has passed.  Temps here in the desert will be up in the 80's by the end of the week, so the snow won't last long.  Our World Tuesday for March 20, 2012.  To visit OWT, please go to:

Storm update!!!!

Highway 74 was CLOSED last night due to blizzard conditions and zero visibility!  Remember I said that chains were required further up the road?  Well, apparently the road was closed, according to the local news this morning.  Oh, boy!  I don't EVER remember the road being completely closed.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Snow~and LOTS of it!

It started snowing in our local mountains yesterday afternoon and it snowed all night.  It was still snowing this morning.  I had to drive hubby to work, so I took my camera with me.  After I dropped him off, I drove up the mountain highway to see where the snow was and how much had fallen.  This is the largest snow storm we've had this season and it is a late one.  It snowed all day, on and off, so it will be interesting to see how much snow it on these mountains tomorrow.  it appears the snow was down to about 2,000 feet, which is a really low snow elevation.  There was snow even before I drove through the pinyon forest. And, it was snowing while I was there.  I only drove partway up the mountain as the road was closed to traffic, except those cars or trucks with snow tires or chains.It is a good thing for these mountains to have this storm as it has been a very dry winter, with little rainfall.  I always enjoy seeing the snow on them and I'm glad I had an opportunity to experience it this winter. It continued snowing all afternoon and we even got more rain down in the desert on and off all day.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Daffodils~Flowers on Saturday~Today's Flowers~Sunday Stills Challenge~031712

Yesterday as I was sightseeing up in our local mountains, I spotted these delightful daffodils up at Hurkey Creek Park, which is across from Lake Hemet.  I did stop the car and hobble over to them, but I didn't get down as far as I would have liked to take these photos.  Maybe next time?  Anyway, I was pleased to see these signs of spring up in our local mountains.  We don't have these in the desert (too hot and dry), and I would like to return in a couple of weeks to see if more of these have popped up.  Flowers on Saturday, Today's Flowers, and Sunday Stills Challenge for March 17, 2012.  To visit Flowers on Saturday, please follow this link:

Return to Fobes Road and fence

I returned to Fobes Road yesterday.  My doctor ordered me off my feet for several days as my right knee apparently has arthritis.  It was REALLY hurting yesterday and the anti-inflammatory medication she ordered for me made me sick.  But, by afternoon, I was ready to venture up to the mountains for some sightseeing.  I also had to buy 4 bags of pellets for the horses before the big snow storm approached.  Anyway, I drove back down Fobes Road, which is in Garner Valley, up in the ponderosa forest, which is at 5,000 feet elevation. There are no roads through the meadow behind the barbed wire fence.  There are hiking trails on the other side, and forest roads and I was able to stay in my car and explore a few of these.  However, somebody was out shooting and I didn't wish to intrude, so I cut short my excursion (a wise decision, don't you think?)  Unfortunately, there were two cars and one of them turned and followed me all the way back to the highway, then the two men inside just sat there.  Hmmm....I'm NOT liking that kind of behavior!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Meadow fences~Friday Fences~031612

I found these fences up in the ponderosa forest and meadow last weekend.  A huge storm is barreling down our way and all of this area will be covered in snow by Sunday...I'm glad I was able to get up there last weekend and see the views.  Friday Fences for March 16, 2012.   To visit Friday Fences, please go to: