we went camping. the weather, the wildlife, the outdoors were brilliant!
our adventure began at pinnacles national park, our first time here.
'Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California's Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcanic field. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.
Pinnacles National Monument was established in 1908 by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. Pinnacles National Park was created from the former Pinnacles National Monument by legislation passed by Congress in late 2012 and signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 10, 2013.
most of california's rolling green hills are shades of brown from lack of much needed rain
a view of the high peaks, and our second (big) hike, but first...
fairy houses are found here too!
we took the park rangers advice to take the more difficult route, getting most of the elevation out of the way first. the trail was steep and narrow, well maintained and beautiful!
three condors resting
installed, along with small steps in the rock
in many places it was best to not look down
can you see the blue jay?
leaving monterey county, on to our next destination
carrizo plain national monument
at selby camp. we are alone. almost...this tree has a tiny spigot with a wee cup under it, it waters the tree as well as...
wild visitors. this snake slithered into our campsite, and went to the cup under the tree
he was a beauty!
back out on the plain, there is a lot of this
a western kingbird
can you see this little one basking in the sun?
then one night, chuck had gone to the bathroom and told me he'd seen a large toad near one of the trees. i put on my headlamp and went for a look too. having no luck i came back to our camp and prepared to turn in for the night. luckily i had left my water bottle on the table near our tree, the one with the small water cup (remember the snake?) and something nearby caught my eye...
the western toad! oh my gosh, he is taking a bath in the water cup. i am sure i embarrassed him because he turned around, looked at me laughing, and climbed out, hopping slowly away
and it's companion flew up to the other, two bluebirds!
this is not snow
this grass hopper was not so lucky
C + L
sleeves are done, joined to body! now to stitch the fair isle yoke
but two times more!
thank you for coming along, it is always a pleasure.