Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Nice 6 Miler Along the California Riding and Hiking Trail

On Christmas Eve day, Margie and I gathered with a few friends at the Juniper Flats parking lot, then headed East on the California Riding and Hiking Trail. Our final destination was the Geo Trail portion of the hike about 6 miles away. We parked a car on the Geo Trail and another at the Juniper Flats parking lot and then set out on our adventure. This is a great hike, not too strenuous, some ups and downs, but mostly just walking through the beautiful desert landscape with great views all around. Along the hike, we found the remains of an old miner's cabin and mine site which we poked around, but alas, no gold just laying about. Further on, we stopped about mid-way for lunch and then continued on to the Geo Trail, happy that we had a car waiting for us, because I was getting pooped by that time. It couldn't have been the two bottles of wine at lunch...

Monday, December 21, 2015

Catch the Fall Colors at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and Covington Park

I got up early the other day and went over to Covington Park and took a little walk around to see some of our hi-desert fall colors. The Cottonwoods are showing some nice golden highlights, here and at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, so come on over and enjoy what we Westerners call 'Fall'. These are two wonderful places to come and take a stroll at any time of the day or year. If you're a transplanted Easterner, you'll feel right at home. Don't forget about Birding... Every Wednesday at 8 a.m. and every third Saturday at 8 a.m. during the winter and fall months. Ask for Dee, tell him Spin sent you.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Fascinating Rocks at Split Rock

Margie and I went over to Split Rock the other day and hiked in to an area that turned out to be chock full of interesting and bizarrely shaped rocks. We spent a couple of hours just bouldering up and around the rocks, found a nice spot for lunch and then bouldered around some more. The rocks seem like something you'd find find on the moon, if you didn't know you were in Joshua Tree National Park. What a fun day, full of great finds.