Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014

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

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Friday's Fences~020113~Pinyon fence

I frequently drive by this fence up in Pinyon Flats.  Our son's best friend lives up in Pinyon and I often stop by to visit Aaron.  He's a good kid and godfather to our grandson.  He loves to read, so I recently stopped by his place and dropped off a bag full of westerns.  He especially loves Larry McMurtry and I had some of his books to pass on to Aaron, along with some other westerns.  Every time I see this fence, I think of the area around Lake Tahoe.  I'm glad to see that somebody in our mountains has a fence like this!  :-)  Friday's Fences for February 1, 2013.   To visit Friday's Fences, please go to:

A desert view of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains

I don't have a clear view of our local mountains from the house, but I drive by a place which is up on a plateau on my way to school every morning.  If I'm early, and I have time, I like to stop and take pictures of our mountains.  This was Monday morning, after a storm came through last weekend.  Pinyon and places higher got new snow, but I'm sure Pinyon's snow is gone.  Joshua Tree also got a dusting of fresh snow.  :-)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"C" is for clouds~ABC Wednesday~013013

"C" is for clouds, and, as you can see, our local Santa Rosa mountains had plenty of them this past weekend.  We've had a few days now of mostly clear skies, but another storm front is moving in this weekend, so it will be cloudy again.  I love these cloudy days!   We have so many days of sunshine and clear blue skies that the clouds are a nice change!  ABC Wednesday for January 30, 2013.  To visit ABC Wednesday, please go to:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Where are my mountains? Our World Tuesday~012913

My mountains were covered with clouds this weekend.  I awoke Sunday morning to a desert completely covered with fog, something we haven't experienced here for many years.  I couldn't even see our local mountains and we live only a couple of blocks away from one called "Haystack".  It is my morning view every morning, that is, until Sunday.  But, Saturday morning, I headed out with my camera to take some photos of the clouds.  Apparently another storm is moving in next weekend similar to this last one, so I can't WAIT!  :-)  Our World Tuesday for January 29, 2013.  To visit OWT, please go to:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Looking back down the valley...

Looking back down the valley from a turnout up on Highway 74 Saturday morning.  I love it when clouds hug our local mountains!  It's so unusual.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Clouds on the mountains

I have waited for a day like this for over two years now!  The last time we had clouds hugging our mountains was about two years ago.  Well, yesterday didn't disappoint me!  I headed out with my trusty Canon EOS 7 early in the morning to capture them before the sun made them disappear.  Don't worry...that didn't happen all day!  I took a LOT of photos and I was out and about for 3 hours!  TIMELESS~I took a walk down the Cahuilla Tewanet overlook, but not on the cement.  I walked out to the edge of Deep Canyon and looked down.  MAN, I'd LOVE to hike down there, but I don't think my heart could take the climb back up! I would have to stop every 3 feet!  That's quite a drop in elevation.  Is that the Sawmill trail down in the canyon or another one?  Anyway...It was WONDERFUL to get out and enjoy the beauty of the desert and our mountains!  Here are a few photos from yesterday.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rain!!!! :-)

Well, yesterday and last night we FINALLY got some well-needed RAIN here in the desert.  It started raining Thursday night and rained on and off all day yesterday and through the night.  Everything here is saturated.  I came home from school, grabbed my camera, and headed out yesterday afternoon, since the desert was covered with low clouds.  We don't often get that down here.  The mountains get it, but not the desert floor.  I believe the last time we had low clouds in the desert was two or three years ago. So, out I headed!  Hubby must have wondered where I was!  (Actually he was out grocery shopping.)  I love to see the clouds curled around our low-lying mountains and yesterday didn't disappoint me! :-)

Friday, January 25, 2013

UC Riverside, Palm Desert campus~Orange You Glad It's Friday~012513

YES!  I'm glad it's Friday!  Even though it was a short week for us (only 4 working days), this week has dragged on and on!  I'm SO ready for the weekend!  It rained here last night and rain is forecast all weekend.  But, on this morning, I took my camera with me to get some photos of the UC Riverside campus here in Palm Desert.  It's on Cook Street, south of Interstate 10.  As a graduate of UC Riverside in Riverside, I'm glad to see this satellite campus here in the valley, which will serve our community. They are just starting their medical school and frankly, I'm not sure what else they offer, but this is a huge time-saver for the youth of our valley.  I caught it early in the morning as the sun's rays were just hitting the building.  Isn't this interesting?  Orange You Glad It's Friday for January 25, 2013.  Enjoy your weekend :-)   To visit OYGIF, please go to this link:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Yucca on the mountain~SkyWatch Friday~012513

I always drive by this yucca on my way up and down the mountain whenever I go visit my horses.  There is this one spot where one can stop and see it and I always like to do that.  On this morning, the clouds in the sky added another dimension, don't you think?  SkyWatch Friday for January 25, 2013.  To visit SWF, please go to:

Clear days

Our clear days are over.  I noticed high clouds moving in Tuesday afternoon (much to the consternation of our local weather forecasters because they had predicted clear skies all week...)!  Yesterday it was cloudy all day and I left early to capture some photos of the sunrise (I'll do that again today).  Now RAIN is forecast for tonight, tomorrow, and even Saturday.  Stupid forecasters.  My knees do a better job at predicting rain than they do!  So no more views across the valley like this for over a week!  Apparently two cold fronts are heading our way, with snow forecast in Big Bear.  It will be interesting so see how much snow our mountains will receive.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Blue house~ABC Wednesday~012313

This house has been deserted for years.  It is in Sky Valley, which is southeast of Desert Hot Springs.  Those are my San Jacinto mountains in the background.  I enjoy driving through Sky Valley every now and then, especially in winter and spring.  There are lots of homesteads up there and we have friends who own a little one, so I occasionally drive by it to check on it.  They have rented it out because they moved to Washington D.C.  This one sits way too close to Dillon Road.  I can't imagine the noise from cars and trucks that the owners could have heard!  I decided last weekend, after heading up to the horses on Saturday, that I would drive the other direction on Sunday.  It was good to have a 3 day weekend!  ABC Wednesday for January 23, 2013.  To visit ABC Wednesday, please go to:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Looking back across the valley~Our World Tuesday~012213

When I drove through Thousand Palms canyon over the weekend, I stopped to look back across the valley and toward Highway 74.  You can't see the highway from this vantage point, but at night I can see the cars traveling down it toward Palm Desert.  It seems to be especially busy Friday nights, as people from San Diego come here to the desert for the weekend.  Also, Sunday afternoon has traffic returning to San Diego.  But, Saturday mornings the road is quiet and I frequently have it all to myself!  The bottom photo shows a view down toward Deep Canyon from Highway 74 at one of the turnouts.  Our World Tuesday for January 22, 2013.  Back to work today...   :-(    To visit OWT, please go to:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Waves in the sand

I woke up early Saturday morning and the hubs went off to work, so I left the house to drive up the mountain to check on my horses.  It was a warm morning (no frost).  That's a relief from the frost we've all been having here in the valley and up on the mountain.  I didn't get any photos of the valley when the farmers burn hay to protect their crops.  It makes the whole lower end of the Coachella Valley smoky.  I smelled it one morning driving to school, but I just didn't take the time to drive out and take photos.  Some other time I'll do that.  Anyway, on my way home from the horse ranch, I spotted this sand on one of the big agricultural plots of land up in Anza.  Apparently they had a lot of wind because the sand was built up and I could see wavy lines in it.  It is kind of pretty, don't you think?  The horses were all fine.  In fact, it was warm enough that some of them were out taking "sun naps".

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Three day weekend! :-)

I have a three day weekend this weekend and then two more in February.  Then, spring break at the end of March, and then about April 1st, our first granddaughter is due!  "Time flies" when you are having fun, right? I prefer, "Time's fun when you're having flies!"...but that's another story!  I am just so GLAD to have three days off.  The kidlets at school wore me out yesterday after I took them out for PE.  The girls played jump rope and the boys went off to play some kind of tag and pretty soon I only had about 4 kids with me!  It's difficult for me to go after them because of my legs and back.  And, I have to keep one eye on each group of them, so I need about 6 more eyes!  :-(  Eight year olds wear me out!  But, you know, they worked hard ALL WEEK and Friday afternoons are...well, they are Friday afternoons.  I'm tired, they are tired of me, a long weekend is outdoors we went!  I like to walk around our field with them and they love to "walk and talk" with me!  The fields around my school are growing carrots (the land for our school was donated by a large grower).  The sprinklers were on yesterday afternoon and we saw mini-rainbows!  The carrots are nearly ready to be harvested and I wonder how many of my parents will be out there doing the work.  Please, people...don't be critical of farmworkers.  These people work very hard.  Our vice principal told us about the time she went to go help her mother and father work in the fields.  She lasted about 30 minutes!  I couldn't do it...could you?  That day made her decide to finish her college education and become a teacher.  We're supposed to be getting our kids ready for the common core standards and I've been through training on the new standards, which include open ended questions that the students will answer online.  I'm excited about this because right now, they just guess on the multiple choice questions. And, we are supposed to promote a college education.  I went to UC Riverside, which is only 60 miles away, so I've been sharing some of my college experiences (the good ones, not the painful ones).  Some actually do quite well, but when a kid only gets 18% correct, you know they are guessing.  I always debrief them on our practice tests to see what areas I need to cover again.  Apparently, EVERYTHING needs to be recovered! (...pulling out hair...)  Okay...I'm done with my rant.  Enjoy your weekend!  Photos are of artichokes growing down in Indio, CA.  I'm heading up the mountain today to the Anza swap meet.  Hopefully I'll find some good deals there.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Pinyon and sky~SkyWatch Friday~011813

Our son's best friend has a 2 1/2 acre parcel of beautiful land up in Pinyon Flats.  It is completely fenced and would be perfect for us and my 4 horses, has an earthquake fault right through the middle of the property.  No, really...sigh...However, I still stop there on weekends and walk around.  Our son helped his buddy completely fence the property (you can see the chain link fence in the lower right hand corner).  One time I heard an owl hooting.  Another time, a dozen quail ran by, through the wash.  It does have a dry creek bed running through the property.  And, that is right where the fault lies.  I do LOVE stopping there and listening to the wind move through the trees, the calls of the woodpeckers, and the natural beauty of the pinyons, even this dead one.  I'm SURE an owl would love to sit at the top of this tree!  SkyWatch Friday for January 18, 2013.  To visit SWF, please go to:

Autumn leaves~Orange You Glad It's Friday~011813

Okay, so they are mostly yellow, but there is some orange in these leaves!  And, it's "Orange you Glad it's Friday", so I wanted to post these photos from the Palm Springs Indian canyon, specifically Andreas Canyon.  And, YES, I'm GLAD it's Friday!  OYGIT for January 18, 2013.   Please go to to visit it.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Friday's Fences~Now HERE'S a sign you don't want to see! 011813

Ack!  Guess I won't be going through here!  This sign is actually at the top of Table Mountain, on Burnt Ranch Road, in Anza, CA.  Beware!  Friday's Fences for January 18, 2013.  To visit Friday's Fences, please go to:

I'm ready for the weekend!

We have had freezing nights here in the desert for the last week or so.  Down in Thermal, it has been 29 degrees some mornings.  That isn't good for the crops down there.  As I drive to work from my home in the desert and drive out toward Thermal, I can see layers of smoke.  Farmers are burning hay to help keep their crops from freezing.  And, our local mountains have had hail and a couple of dustings of snow.  But, temps are now on the way up and by the weekend, it will be in the mid-70's in the desert!  Whoo, whoo!  And, I have a 3 day weekend!  I can't WAIT!   :-)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

And, two more mailboxes!

Apparently these two mailboxes no longer get service!  These are across from the abandoned gas station up at Spring Crest, which is along the highway I take on my way to visit my horses every weekend.  It was HARD going back to work yesterday and I fell asleep at 7:00 p.m. last night, which explains why I am now awake at 3:30 a.m.!!!

Mailboxes and a neat fireplace!

I usually travel UP Burnt Ranch Road, but last weekend, I traveled down it, for a completely different view!  I saw things I'd never seen before, like this house with a beautiful fireplace.  I often pass by these mailboxes, but never really stopped to admire them.  Aren't they cute?  I love rural mailboxes!  They are much more interesting than the bland and boring city ones (IMHO).

Monday, January 14, 2013

The house on the hill~Burnt Ranch Road

I sometimes take different roads as I head up to the horse ranch and yesterday I drove out Burnt Ranch Road.  Yes, there IS actually a burnt out ranch house on this road, but that's another story.  I've always been intrigued by the dome house which sits on top of Table Mountain and commands a wonderful view of the Santa Rosa mountains.  I travel along the base of those mountains every weekend.  Anyway, this house is a domed one (I LOVE yurts!) is not a yurt, but a wood construction home.  They do have goats there and they keep the place immaculately groomed.  I wonder what stories this house could tell?  Isn't that a lovely view that they have?  Maybe next weekend I'll take a ride down Coyote Canyon, which is the back way to Anza Borrego.