Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring is Springin' in the Park

The other day, I got up early as usual and took a new walk in an area that I had always seen as I drove past the kiosk upon entering the Park. There is a view of a valley in the distance which has always intrigued me, so I thought, I'll stroll down the wash and see what I can find. Needless to say, the area was chock full of flowers. You couldn't step anywhere without flattening those little yellow flowers that cover the ground. There were Fiddleheads, Pincushions, Asters, Sand Verbena, Lupines, Larkspur, Marigolds, White Milkweed, Bridge's Gillia, and a few I couldn't recognize. A real treat.
(You can see more on my flickr site to the right. Click on to make larger)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Surprise...Flowers in the Park!

We kept thinking we didn't get enough rain this year, but lo' and behold, there are some very nice displays of flowers in the Park. We took a walk in the area between the Maze trail and the Window Rock Loop the other morning and spotted these beauties. One of our guests was over at Split Rock and reported flowers there also. I can't wait to get back in to see some more.

I've never seen this before... sure is purty!

Indian Paint Brush



Desert Sweet Pea


Monday, March 17, 2014

Flowers at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

I got up early this morning and drove over to the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve to take a little walk and see if there were some flowers popping up. I took my usual route through the marsh area and came back with a few shots. It's always a treat to visit the preserve, no matter what time of year.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Rain at Last and a Great Cloud Display

We've gotten a passel of rain the last couple of days. In fact, the driveway of our house is now down by our neighbors. It always floats away when we get a big storm. Time for some fill in the drive. Anyway... the rain was coming on and we decided to take a drive through the Park and see what was happening there. As we drove in from the 29 Palms side, it was just beginning to sprinkle. By the time we hit Jumbo Rocks, you could hardly see the road, it was coming down so hard. Once past Ryan, we could see blue skies and plenty of billowing clouds, so we made for that. We kept jumping out of the car to take a shot, then the light would disappear and we'd move on to the next spot. I came back with these few 'keepers'. What a great day for clouds!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

An Interesting Hike in Wonderland Wash

The other day, a group of us took a nice hike up the Wonderland Wash and made some wonderful discoveries, thanks to our guide Mark Wheeler. He knows the Park like the back of his hand, and he can identify almost every plant in sight, Latin names first. On this trip, he showed us some rocks in which the early settlers had used to store some of their food stuffs. He also guided us to a huge boulder off the trail (which we had walked past many times in the past) and when you ducked in and under the entrance, contained Petroglyphs made by early Native Americans. He also showed us a rock and cement dam built in the wash which would help contain water after the rains. Further on, he led us past the famous 'Three Freaks' rock formations, which the climbers have fondly named and in to a side canyon where we were able to see the famous 'Grant's Arch'.  A great hike indeed. Hopefully, I can remember where all these special things are, so I can take others there in the future.

Wonderland Ranch

The Cave For Storing Food

What does it mean?!

The Three Freaks

Grant's Arch