The Dancer

The Dancer
Graceful dead tree up above Deep Canyon.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Looking up Highway 74

We set a new record for rain yesterday afternoon!  Palm Springs had .60 inch of rain, shattering a 1910 record.  That's over 100 years!  I drove over to the library to return some books and I was intrigued by the clouds hovering along the Santa Rosa mountains, so I took a short drive up to the bottom of Highway 74.  I couldn't get a good angle on the clouds and I was nearly out of gas, but I did get this photo.  More thunderstorms are forecast for today and the weekend.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bishop fishing lake~Our World Tuesday~082812





There's a little fishing lake just north of Bishop, CA and hubby and I always stop there to take photos and to enjoy the aspen which are lined along the lake.  We were there just a couple of weeks ago, right before the beginning of the new school year.  It was packed with fishermen (and women) and the thunderheads were gathering above.  What a beautiful spot!  Our World Tuesday for August 28, 2012.  TO visit OWT, please go to:   http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com/

Sunday, August 26, 2012

GUESS WHO I found the other day?

After school (yes...sigh...school has started already) one day last week, I decided to stop at Dollar Tree and buy some autumn decorations for my classroom.  As I pulled in, I saw a gray shape...COULD IT BE?  Could it be MY ex-Toyota RAV4?  My heart went pitter-patter!  My daughter said she had spotted it in the parking lot at Target, over by her house, one day.  THERE SHE WAS!  My RAV4 (ex...sigh...)  And, it was HER!  Actually, she was my son's car.  He bought her, drove her around, but then purchased a new one (with an automatic transmission). He didn't want to sell her at that time, so I drove her around for a couple of years, until I purchased my Honda CRV and hubby purchased his Nissan XTerra.  This one has a stick shift and 4 wheel drive!  I drove her up and down the mountain roads, and even the road partway up to Santa Rosa mountain one day!  She took me up the Tripp Flats Road, the Santa Rosa mountain road, and even down the skinny road next to my favorite dead tree!  She went EVERYWHERE I asked her to go.  Unfortunately, an indicator light came on and NO mechanic here in the valley could fix it...something about the exhaust system, and we couldn't get her registered without a smog check and she wouldn't pass a smog check!   Finally, in desperation, our son ordered a part online, installed it, and then fixed the problem himself.  BUT, he also sold her for $2,900.00.  We didn't need her because hubby had his Nissan XTERRA, so she was sold.  But, it turns out, she's still in the area!  And, she's CLEAN!  I was so happy to see her!  I almost left a note on the windshield, but maybe I'll do that again next time I see her.  I think her owner works in that mini-mall, so I should be able to find her again sometime!  Isn't she beautiful?  I LOVED that little car!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

More pics of the Bishop road


Here are a couple more photos of the road north of Bishop, in Round Valley.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sunflowers and fence, Bishop~Friday's Fences~082412


We love this road, which is north of Bishop, CA, along a large cattle ranch area.  It's near the Rovana exit, right off Highway 395.  I was pleased to see the wild sunflowers growing in patches along the road there and  I stopped to take these photos.It's always a relaxing drive along this road!  Friday Fences for August 24, 2012.  To visit Friday's Fences, please go to:   http://lifeaccordingtojanandjer.blogspot.com/2012/08/fridays-fences-47.html

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Our last morning in the Sierra




Of course, on our last morning in the Sierra Nevada, it was a beautiful morning and I woke up early...sigh...I walked out to the main road and looked back at this mountain.  I don't know the name of it.  It is on the back side of the June Lake loop road.  The ground was so saturated with water that my feet went "squish, squish" as I was walking!  We don't get that here in the desert!  Here, the water is absorbed OR it floods!  We enjoyed our week in the Sierra Nevada, but now it is back to work so that we may return next summer.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Aspen~Timeless, this is for you!

Hubby and I took a hike yesterday down in the canyon by Rush Creek, which runs from June Lake out to Mono Lake.  It's a great place for hiking.  We ran into a couple with a kayak who were heading down to one of the more peaceful areas of the creek.  There are huge stands of aspen there and in the fall, they are beautiful reds, yellows, and browns.  We've already decided to return here in October and take photos of the aspen when they are turning colors.  But, this is how they look now.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

More from Bishop Canyon







One day we took a drive down to Bishop and up to Bishop Canyon.  There are several lakes there including North Lake, South Lake, Sabrina Lake, and the water holding lake down below Alpendell.  By mid-day, the thunderheads were forming overhead.  We FINALLY drove down to Bishop (about 3 p.m.) for lunch, then stopped to buy groceries there at the Von's market (and fill up with gas).  It was a long day, but worth it, don't you think?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Clouds over the Minarets~SkyWatch Friday~081712

It was raining again here in the eastern Sierra yesterday afternoon, so when we were returning to our cabin from shopping in Bishop, this was the view of the Minarets and eastern Sierra.  Rain was pouring down in Mammoth, so we didn't turn off there!  SkyWatch Friday for August 17, 2012.  To visit SWF, please go to:http://skyley.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bodie





After grabbing sandwiches in Bridgeport yesterday, we drove out to Bodie.  Bodie is an old mining town high up on a plateau, about 8,000 feet elevation.  You drive 13 miles back off Highway 395 and the last 3 miles are dirt.  After Tuesday's afternoon thunderstorms, we weren't sure what kind of condition the road was in, but it was fine.  There were scattered thunderheads all around and we figured we'd get in and out before an afternoon thunderstorm.  The clouds really added a depth to the skies there.  Unfortunately, it was midday and about 90 degrees, and in the heat, we only lasted about an hour!   :-(  Plus, we didn't set out with a lot of water and there is NO water up in Bodie.  But, we enjoyed our time there anyway!  Don't the clouds just add a layer of perspective?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thunderstorm skies



We had another afternoon of thunderstorms up here in the eastern Sierra yesterday.  We ventured out for a quick lunch, then drove up through Lee Vining and on to the visitor center at Mono Lake.  The skies were cloudy and dark all around us and we could see rain coming down in the June Lake loop.  We decided to head back to our cabin and stay indoors for the rest of the afternoon!  Thunderstorms are now forecast every afternoon here for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

MORE thunderstorms!!!

We are currently up in the eastern Sierra Nevada, between June Lake and Silver Lake.  If you know the area, we are right by the waterfall.  We have rented a cabin for a few days before I head back to school next week.  UGH!  I cannot BELIEVE how quickly this summer went by!

Anyway, on our drive up here, we saw a LOT of thunderheads over Joshua Tree National Park and over the high desert.  (We always drive up Highway 395...through Ridgecrest, Lone Pine, Bishop, and Mammoth).  There were thunderheads the entire way from Ridgecrest to Mammoth yesterday.  We stopped there to pick up groceries as our cabin has a complete kitchen.  It started to rain  pour yesterday and suddently, up by the Twin Lakes, it was HAILING!  FOR REAL!  Hard, little white balls were bouncing off the windshield.  We RAN into the Vons there in Mammoth, got groceries for a couple of days, and by the time we were done shopping, the rain stopped.  We had driven up to Minaret Point to take afternoon photos because there were thunderheads all around.  We usually get there and its clear and we are taking photos into the sun!  It rained on and off all afternoon at our cabin.  Don't know yet what today is like as it is only 5:00 a.m and it's still dark.  I believe, however, that thunderstorms are forecast for the next several days.

Apparently lightning caused some fires in and around the desert.  There's one up at Keyes Point, in the Joshua Tree national park, and another one out by Windy Point.  We had a lot of thunder and lightning here yesterday afternoon.



Here are some pics of the Minaret Vista yesterday afternoon.  You can see how cloudy it was.  Right after this is when it started to rain.  I took these with my little Nikon Coolpix, which I kept in my pocket!  :-)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

What have I been doing lately? Summer...



I've been staying INDOORS!  It's just too hot here.  It's been up in the 116 and 117 degree range...ugh.  We don't even let the dogs outside during the day.  They sleep on the floor either in the kitchen or right behind me as I work at my desk, by the door.  They get a nice, cool draft there.  THIS is why none of us want to go outside!  Even the birds were panting the other day.  I try to remember to leave the hose on for them!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Barbed wire~Friday's Fences~080312

I stopped and took this photo of the cattle out in Garner Valley last week.  There were two different herds on opposite sides of the road.  One herd was right off the Fobes Ranch road, out in the meadow, but this one was back toward Thomas Mountain.  I was focusing on the cattle, but instead got the barbed wire fence!  Friday's Fences for August 3, 2012.  To visit Friday's Fences, please go to:   http://lifeaccordingtojanandjer.blogspot.com/

Afternoon sun~SkyWatch Friday~080312

Hubby and I were driving back down to the desert after our BBQ at Hurkey Creek this week.  We decided to take the Fobes Road up to where it ends at the PCT and Fobes Trail.  Unfortunately, it became obvious that the road was just too narrow and the bushes were too overgrown for the XTerra, so we turned around before we made it to the top.  Man!  At times like that, I really miss the old RAV4  (which by the way, has been seen in the parking lot of Target in Indio!  I would just put her in 2nd gear (and 4 wheel drive) and off we'd go!)  While driving back down to Highway 74, the sun was setting and we stopped to take this photo. SkyWatch Friday for August 3, 2012.  To visit SkyWatch Friday, please go to:   http://skyley.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Desert morning


I was down in Indio yesterday morning for my horse lesson and took these photos.  This was the morning after our monsoon.  The desert was all fresh and clean.  But, two hours later, the sky was cloudy again as the remnants of the storm passed through.  It's clear again this morning, but who knows what the afternoon will bring!