Monday, March 6, 2017

Up and Down a Mountain


All that rain California has been enjoying for the past few months has been appreciated by all, especially in desert around mountains and along the freeways.  Before the rain, we all had grown used to the dry scrub that is our landscape.  

But, in a short drive up and then down San Jacinto mountains (lots of hairpin curves, warnings of loose boulders, and a set of cat-like nerves), view of the flat plains below were astounding.












We have driven this road many times, but never when there was actual green. It was impressive enough that my husband John actually pulled over into viewing points.  Getting him to stop the race car feeling he loves was amazing in itself.

P.S. We went to Idyllwild, CA, on a day trip.  Despite having the tourist attraction feeling, Idyllwild is a small town, where one really does know his neighbor.  This is an active community with four churches, supermarket, owner run pizza restaurant, a variety of quality restaurants,.movie theater, many art galleries, and other personally owned businesses. There are no franchises here.

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  1. I'm sure the photos are green, lush and lovely but they didn't show up on my blog. I am glad you got to see them with all that greenery.

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    1. Had to re-d0 them! Error on my part. I hope you can check it out again.

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  2. Sorry, I can't see the images either. Glad you got plenty of rain and are green again.

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    1. Now I see the photos! Wow, what a view. And very, very green.

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  3. Sounds like a great town to see. Not seeing green forever would be a sight indeed.

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    1. It was a great town. We talked about moving there in retirement. but it has no medical facilities.

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  4. No pictures here either.
    Rain is a life giver. One I would love to see again.

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    1. It sure saved our drought condition.

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    2. Green and lovely. And alien concept here.

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  5. No pix for me, either. But, you can fix it! :-)

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  6. I checked out the town of Idyllwild and saw that it was a place that I would like to visit also. A town with no McDonald's but small shops, friendly people and beautiful surroundings has much to offer people who want to get away from all the noise.

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  7. No photos on my end. Idyllwild sounds lovely.

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  8. When I drove through California and saw all the brown, I knew I could never live there. Need color! :)

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    1. Well, for a while, you would see green.

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  9. Green and lovely indeed. I last visited California in 1980. This I remember.

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    1. 1980 was a good year for rain. So glad you visited california. Come again, and stay with me.

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  10. Yeah, it's gotten very green, hasn't it. The rain has been wonderful.

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    1. I stand at my windows and take it all in.

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  11. I can see them now. They are lovely and a nice change for you after all the years of drought.

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    1. Yes, and it decreases chances of wildfire.

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  12. I've never been, but it looks pretty.

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    1. Some day you might head out this way!

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  13. The green valleys make all the difference and to do it God has to use rain. Its been very dry in California the last years, I'm amazed at how much has dried up, but thank heavens for the rain, alleluia!

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  14. The 'flat plains' look rather hilly to me, but deliciously green.

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    1. The green is such a gift. I hunger for green.

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  15. Lovely views, and it does look nice and green!

    All the best Jan

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    1. This hwy has some awesome viewpoints. Pull-outs are easy to park and view. Always a few cars in each. Breathtaking.

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  16. I lived in a small town like that, except there was one franchise (McDonalds). It was awesome. :) Hurrah for a view so pretty you have to pull over.

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    1. knowing one's neighbor, having pot-lucks together, and sharing in each other's lives is indescribable to those who never had that experience. I am glad you have.

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  17. These are gorgeous photos filled with plush greenery. I'm glad Mario pulled over to enjoy the view! My husband also loves to drive like a madman. It's usually the ones you least suspect.

    Julie

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!