Home With Functional Computer

My last post was Feb. 1. We have returned to Seattle and now that I have a functional computer I will recap the rest of our travels to California. While we were gone Seattle endured winter storm Maya that dumped over a foot of snow on the city and kept temps freezing for days. We have lots of downed limbs in our yard, our car’s battery had to be replaced, and the portable garage that protected Picasso (our camping trailer) is toast. It’s still in the mid 30’s, but we don’t anticipate more snow in the city today.

Overnight in Indio on Feb. 1 we received a huge rainfall that flooded streets. The next day we planned to visit a Whitewater Preserve near Palm Springs, but when we arrived the road was washed out and the trails were closed.

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With that option closed to us we decided to explore the west side of Joshua Tree National Park. The highway to that side was close to Whitewater Preserve. At Yucca Valley we drove over streets filled with water, sand, and mud from the storm, but made it to Black Rock Nature Center. After a brief stop for lunch and bathroom we drove with 4 wheel drive up a rutted track to a trailhead. This part of the park is at almost 4000 feet elevation. (Indio is at 0.) It was in the 30’s and the wind was about 20 mph…what were we thinking?

However, the scenery in this high area was interesting. The joshua trees were just beginning to bloom. They are a most interesting plant that genetically are closely related to yucca and asparagus!

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About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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3 Responses to Home With Functional Computer

  1. Hola Paul – Looks like we’re going to be home a little ahead of spring, i.e. next Wednesday. No comfort but it’s been unseasonably cloudy and cool and rainy in Yelapa – local Yelepense have been observed in down vests. Alice has joined us for our last week – she was more than ready having been snowbound for 9 days as she lives at the bottom of a hill. In any case, it will be good to be home. Hope to catch up in person soon after we’re home. Abrazos, ace & marco

  2. Jean-Paul Dumont says:

    Welcome back to civilization, complete with the tools that are a must to contemporary human beings.
    I do agree with the person who made a comment before me here: I always enjoy your posts. Pictures are of course a welcome complement to your words.
    With love,

  3. Wendy Prest says:

    Welcome home! I always enjoy your posts and always wish there were more pictures.

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