Sunday, January 15, 2012

I can see Russia from my house...

Okay, not really.

But today's post is an ode to the incredible views I've been enjoying the last few weeks.

It should come as no surprise to you that I love the desert. While my beginnings are in the rolling hills of northeast Oklahoma, with its deciduous trees, tiny bugs, green grass, and high humidity...my roots took hold here in the Southwest. Don't get me wrong, Montanites, I loved Miles City like crazy (even though it was really cold 9 months out of the year), but this vast, arid landscape is where I belong.  The rugged, sun baked hills that are actually teaming with life, the smell of creosote after it rains, the need for 25 layers and a furry dog to keep you warm at night - but you can wear a tank top and Chacos all day in the middle of January. I love this place.


The Family came out to the Park for a Post-Christmas celebration this year. The timing of work schedules and church made it difficult for us to see each other any time before the 26th. Sister and B-i-L were wonderful hosts who took us on a grand tour of some of my favorite (and new) Park places that are easy to get to in a day with 5 people crammed into a Jeep.
Like....Skidoo


Where the Family proved that the Abandoned Mine Lands program in the desert is really worth the investment.
 
We saw the Kilns at Wildrose....
where I could see the same mountains that I can see from my front yard...

We crawled around the Cashier Mine (in the safest manner possible, of course)...

 Then made our way up to see the sunset - or what was left of it - at Aguereberry Point.
There is nothing quite like a sunset in the desert...

And just for good measure, here is the Annual Family Christmas Timer photo....complete with Christmas tree. This one only took four takes because Sister and Mom wouldn't stop laughing.


I spent an afternoon after the New Year exploring the Tablelands outside of Bishop, where the views are equally stunning from the lava fields into the Eastern Sierra...An amazing testament to the power of Mother Nature, I think.
Last weekend, I did some more adventuring in the Park, where its not so easy to get to, especially if all of your camping gear and furry best friend are vying for space in the back seat.
Not that there was a furry friend in the car since this is the park and dogs are not allowed. Here Sister, let me distract you with this ill-set Timer Shot for this trip....See, no Ellie!


But seriously, see what I mean about sunsets out here?




Oh, and in case you do want to see Russia from your house, NPR has been doing it the right - and possible - way over the last few days. http://www.npr.org/news/specials/2012/russia-by-rail/


1 comment:

Mer said...

Pretty.

I liked your title!