Friday, January 31, 2014
We don't see very many birds out here; they gravitate to the areas where water and foliage are more abundant (like the campground!). But this morning I saw one perched on a creosote bush right outside the Chinook, so I tried to snap a photo through the screen. It looks as if the bird is in snow, but that's just the white sand, the door screen diffusion, and the morning light.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
http://chinookers.blogspot.com/), we headed up over Yaqui Pass to Pie Paradise. We bought an Apple Pie, an Apple-Peach Pie, some apple nut bread, some multi-grain asiago crostini, and a couple of slices of Apple-Caramel Pie with 2 cups of coffee. Ate the slices, drank the coffee, and headed back to find very windy conditions (again!) and our box of recyclables and its contents "strewn about the place"! Exercise for the day was collecting all the widespread cans and plastic bottles; lesson for the day was "secure all the stuff before leaving your site"!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
|Here's a little flower I spotted, amongst a somewhat scattered group of flowering plants|
|Here's the group, of which the above photo is the foremost plant here|
|And here is the group, in context. These plants live and flower at the base of this sandy cliff, several stories high|
|A bee and a bug having lunch|
|Seed pods that reminded me of green beans|
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I took a photo of the sunset (below), but even as I type, the vista is getting more and more beautiful! Wish you were here! Gotta go now!
Okay, here's what it looked like a few minutes later:
The orangey-red colors spanned across 360 degrees! Every direction had a gorgeous cloud and color combination! Gotta go now - it's getting chilly out here!
|This was pretty, but you oughta see the sky now! It's like a Monet...|
|It doesn't get much better than this...|
Monday, January 27, 2014
One of my favorite things is hearing the wind blow: through pine trees, down canyons, or across the desert. Last night the winds were high here, and I enjoyed hearing it rustle our blinds and feeling it rock the Chinook in the darkness. When we arose, however, I looked out the window for our rug, camp chairs, and camp table, and, to put it simply, they weren't where we left them.
The Before photo:
Fortunately, we were able to quickly collect our belongings and reconstruct our former set-up, and today was warm, sunny, and only slightly breezy. In fact, we took a lovely hike across the desert. As usual, we found amazing beauty amongst what seems, on the surface, a bleak landscape. This bee was speedily finding nectar on this tiny (about 4" by 4"), low-growing plant :
|This is a re-enactment. But this is basically what our set-up looked like when we went to bed (darker, of course)|
|Witness the devastation. You probably can't see it, but that is our rug splayed across one of the furthermost creosote bushes.|
Sunday, January 26, 2014
We made it to Borrego Springs today, after spending the night at the rest area near Calimesa, CA - long story (curse you, Garmin GPS!) - and we are finally back near Coyote Mountain (in the same site we left just 6 short weeks ago. When we arrived, it was 79 degrees and mostly sunny. We celebrated by setting out the rug, chairs, and camp table; changing into shorts and flip-flops (me); and driving the jeep into town to get a milkshake (Darell). Back at the site, we sat outside knitting (me) and reading (Darell) until the wind picked up, the temperature dropped, and ominous black clouds gathered above us. No raindrops yet, but we're inside now, happy to be getting 3G connectivity and knowing that warm weather will soon be upon us. We hope.
|Here's a little guy that must've been traveling with us for 6 weeks or so; we discovered him as we pulled the camp table bag out of the storage up top|
|It took us a dozen or so swipes with a stick to get him to leave the bag, and then he immediately crawled back towards the RV - hope he stays outside...|
Saturday, January 25, 2014
|Here's our teeny Chinook (note new tow car behind!) amidst our fellow overnighters|