Monday, April 4, 2016
Yesterday we drove north to Provo past sites visited on our last cross country. A second look at these fabulous places was still as awe inspiring as the first look. The Wasatach Mountain Range escorted us into Provo which sits surrounded by snow capped Unita Mountains. The architecture is lovely and there is a beautiful tabernacle in the center. We strolled around the small downtown area, past the tabernacle and considered where to eat dinner. Place after place was closed. We soon realized that it was Sunday and probably a city ordinance to be closed. We did find a cafeteria on the outskirts of town and barely got served at 7pm before closing. More photos can be see at flickr.
Today we continued on to Salt Lake for 2 days. As we had seen The Book Of Mormon in San Diego, we felt well prepared. However, we did not see one man dressed in black pants, white shirt, black tie. We spent the first half of the day downtown where we toured Temple Square. It is very impressive! The grounds are beautiful and immaculate. The trees and bulb flowers are blooming. One cannot enter the Temple but can enter other buildings on the grounds such as the Tabernacle where the famous choir performs. Salt Lake also has a very impressive library designed by Moshe Safdie, the architect of Crystal Bridges Museum. The library has incorporated small shops and kiosks.
|Wayne at Temple Square|
|Great Salt Lake|
Sunday, April 3, 2016
|Navajo Nation Reservation, Grand Canyon|
As we drove east out of the Grand Canyon National Park, we stopped at a few more viewing points. We never saw a bad view, and remain awestruck. The views became even more amazing as we traveled on. Our destination was Provo, Utah. To get there we had to drive east first around the Canyon and through the Navajo Nation Reservation's Western Agency. The road hugged the edge of the Canyon to our north and offered extensive views of the desert and the eastern portion of the Grand Canyon.
|Navajo Nation Reservation Arts Sales along the Little Colorado River|
|Navajo Nation Reservation, The Painted Desert|
Our drive from there took us through the painted desert, by the Colorado River and into Utah. In Utah we edged past the Grand Staircase Escalante and Bryce Canyon, beautiful areas we visited several years ago. It was a long 8 hour day of driving. But the sights were so lovely that we hardly noticed. Provo is a beautiful little town that has kept its historical buildings in original shape. What we didn't realize is that we had arrived on a Sunday, and there was nothing open in downtown. We assumed this was a Mormon rule. We did find a cafeteria on the edge of town. We arrived near closing at 7pm. When we asked for some roast beef, we were told it was put away. HA! Having paid full price we insisted on bringing it out. It was not worth the argument. Cafeterias never fail to disappoint.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
|Wayne on the South Rim|
After a brief stop at Home Depot to buy screws, nuts, and bolts to shore up our duck-taped oil pan cover, we headed for the Grand Canyon. The road took us around the San Francisco Mountains, across the Coconino Plateau and deep into the Kaibab National Forest which is comprised of beautiful ponderosa pine. Our lodgings are in the park at the Yavapai Lodge in the Grand Canyon Village. We're housed on the second (walk-up) floor in a very nice room. Despite the early season the Park is busy. We are happy to have found a room inside the park, and able to take advantage of the shuttle bus. As soon as we deposited our gear, we took the bus to the visitor's center and sought advise on the best course for a single day visit. Mather's Point is behind the visitor's center. This is where Wayne got his first view of the canyon from the South Rim. He was awe struck. From here and on advice from the ranger, we took the shuttle bus along the 7 mile Hermit Road view points ending at Hermit's Rest. We walked between some of the stops along a rim path that provided views of the Colorado River. It would be impossible for me to describe the beauty, the vastness, and the breadth taking experience of the canyon. Pictures alone cannot do justice either. In addition to the expansiveness, the colors of the rock layer sequences change with the light and atmosphere. Because the canyon was incised out of a plateau and is not hidden by mountains and vegetation, one walks suddenly up to the edge and can see the the geology for miles. The approach to the along the flat ground does not prepare one for the depth and distance of the Canyon. The canyon floor includes rock nearly 2 billion years old.
|The Colorado River|
Tonight we drove out of the park to have dinner at the Grand Hotel's steak house. A funny memory was listening to the family next to us talk about their day of horse riding and touring, then watching them all walk out bow legged and waddling.
Friday, April 1, 2016
|Prescott National Forest nearing Flagstaff, AZ|
Looming over Flagstaff are the San Francisco Peaks, the largest of which is Mt. Humphreys. We are now about 7,000' elevation and can feel it. Just a small amount of exertion can leave me breathless.
Flagstaff has preserved the historic downtown through which runs the historic route 66. It was here that we found the Beaver Street Brewery and dinner.
|Wayne and Sweetness enjoy a brew at the Beaver St. Brewery|
|Mechanic Wayne securing the oil pan|
Thursday, March 31, 2016
|Moreno Valley and the Redlands|
|Tram Ride with Palm Springs in the valley|
|Palm Springs viewed from Mt. San Jacinto|
A few more pictures are at flickr.
|Imperial Beach Fitness Center, Silver Sneakers|
|Wayne, Christy and the Pacific|
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
|Point Loma looking across San Diego Bay|
|Wayne on Point Loma with Downtown San Diego and San Diego Bay|
|Point Loma National Cemetery.|
|Tacos at Mitch's Seafood, Point Loma|
Saturday, March 19, 2016
This Mission is one of several Franciscan sites founded by Franciscan Junipero Serra. It houses the oldest in-use building in California, the Serra Chapel. On the grounds are the remains of a large stone church. Built in the late 1700s of stone with vaulted domes, the church was unlike the other Missions' adobe churches. In 1812 the church was destroyed by an earthquake.
|Church Ruins of Mission San Juan Capistrano|
|Beautiful Ground of Mission San Juan Capistrano|
Friday, March 18, 2016
|Pollo Mole at Cantina Mayahuel, San Diego|
|Balboa Park, Natural History Museum, Arthur Morris Birds as Art|
|Botanical Building, Balboa Park|
|Over-shadowing the Koi, Balboa Park Botanical Building Lilly Pond|
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
|Anza Borrego Desert|
In the midst of the Cuyamaca Mountains and the Cedar Fire area stands a little gold rush town, Julian. Amazingly, it survived the fire. We had heard of the Julian pies, so naturally had to stop. Practically all of the buildings were built ca 1870 during the gold rush. At some point a Johnny Appleseed bought in and planted a wagon load of apple trees. And, thus, the famous Julian apple pie was born.
|Julian, CA featuring our pie stop cafe.|
|Galleta Meadows Mastodon|
The spring flowers are blooming the in the desert. They are sometimes subtle, small, low to the ground and not immediately evidenced. Others are large and bold such as the indigo shrub and the ocotillo cactus. On our drive back we passed through the Laguna Mountains where we reached an altitude of 4500+ feet. At one point it seemed we were on a mesa where rivers, large trees a lake and green, green grass grew. All of here has been a geological delight.
See more pictures at flickr.https://www.flickr.com/photos/minkcove/albums/72157666007275985
Monday, March 7, 2016
|Imperial Beach, CA|
And, finally, the end of the day.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
We have visited the San Diego Museum with its typical holdings of European, American and some Asian art, and the Museum of Photographic Arts where we saw a fabulous exhibit by Flor Garduno titled Trilogy. The show consists of 3 subjects: fantastic women, bestiality and still life. Her control of the darks, blacks really, is superb. Most of the photos have large areas of the deepest blacks. Of particular interest to me was the way she would place a black woman with or adjacent to a white woman against a dark background. The white woman was stark and immediately noticeable. The black woman would appear gradually to the viewer bringing to mind all sorts of sociological questions.
Sunday afternoon we attended the organ recital at Spreckles Organ Pavilion joined by the lovely Kathy Midgley. This organ is the second largest pipe organ in the world with 4,725 pipes ranging from pencil size to 32 feet. The performance was open-air, the stage a vaulted ornate structure similar to the Hatch Shell in Boston. San Diego has a civic organist, Dr. Carol Williams who performed the concert. She was very amusing as well as talented. It was nice sitting in very warm sun, listening to the 2nd largest pipe organ in the world with friends and watching the constant arrival of airplanes to SD airport. Oddly, their was no noise from the planes to interfere with the music.
Following the concert Wayne and I went to marvel at the Moreton Fig trees, giant trees. The tiny little red spot in the photo is me hiding among the roots.
|Spreckles Organ Pavilion|
|Morton Bay Fig, Balboa Park|
Saturday, February 20, 2016
|San Diego Botanic Garden with Wayne, Duncan, Bonnie, Phil, Kathy|
No bananas were rip enough to eat. But the flower was beautiful.
Of particular interest to me was the small forest of Cork Oak. They were unlike any tree I am familiar with. The form moves through space like a sea creature. And, the bark from which the cork is culled is soft and thickly craggy. They are not native to California.