Our Location: Near Borrego Springs, CA
I slept well last night and woke up shortly before 5 AM PST, I’m happy with that time. I didn’t roll out until around 6:30 AM though, I had no plans for anything today and so I lazed about. A hot drink and a nice breakfast burrito had me getting myself ready to head out for a walk.
|The view out the living room windows.|
Riley walked around the area in which we’re parked but I wanted to see if I could find the stone snake and so headed off across the Parkway to the hills in the distance. I enjoyed the climb, it wasn’t difficult but it was necessary to pay attention to foot placement as the rocks could easily slip and roll under foot.
|A bit rough going in places.|
|This looking toward Rockhouse Road.|
I had worked up a bit of heat by the time I topped the hill that I was certain lead to the stone snake. I took my time and wandered around taking a few pictures of the views before heading off to where I was certain I would find the creature. Sure enough it wasn’t long until I came upon some stone work. However it was not the stone snake I found first. As you can see in the picture below it’s very season appropriate. From here it was just over there rise to the nest where the snake rests.
|Maybe I missed this last year but I think it may be a new addition.|
|He's a big one.|
|He even has a forked tongue.|
The views of course are stunning up on the hill top and I enjoyed them immensely. I’ve also figured out where some of the trails lead and will hopefully have a few more hikes up here to follow some of them.
|Do you see the toes on this foot? I think it's the foot of a sleeping giant. |
It didn’t take long for me to wander down the hillside and arrive back at the Igloo for a cool off. I forgot to take my cap with me today but I’ll remember another time. As I walking across the sand toward the Igloo I picked up at least a couple of dozen nails and screws from past fire pits that have been removed but not cleaned up. I have no idea why people burn wood with these things in them or why one would remove the fire pit and not clean up the debris. How unthinking these individuals are to do such things.
|Looking toward the dry lake bed at Rockhouse Road.|
|Just a few of the nails and screws waiting to puncture a tire.|
Lunch was pasta today as it’s Sunday. Our regular fare on this day. A call from my dad came in just around lunch time for us, shortly after 2 pm. We chatted about a number of things happening up there in the cold frozen northlands of Manitoulin Island. Brother Rick is still crutching it around, his wife Barb was the hostess today for the family Christmas meal. R & B’s children, daughter Nicole, her partner Steve and their 3 children, Isabel, Seth and Hazel, son Jason and wife Leah, and son Jesse with his partner Claudia where all present and accounted for. Barb’s parent’s Wayne and MaryEllen as well as my dad Doug rounded out the table for the feast. Barb is an excellent cook and when I say feast I do mean feast!!
|The Igloo is down there in the middle of the picture.|
R & B’s son Jason and wife Leah will soon be heading to B.C., Canada for a winter vacation which will include sledding, skiing and a few other interesting activities. We hope they have a wonderful and safe trip and enjoy themselves to the fullest. These two young folks are a treat and joy to be around, they are wonderful people, full of life and enthusiasm and adventure. I’m looking forward to hearing about their winter excursion when we get back home. The last plan I heard was the they would drive out together, Leah would stay for two weeks and then fly home to Sudbury, while Craig (Leah's sister's hubby) will fly out that same day and spend the remainder of the time out there with Jason and they will drive home at the end of the month. Jason has a month off for this little vacation.
|That would be Rockhouse Road down there.|
After that we spent our time in the usual way, reading, relaxing and just enjoying the warmth that brings us to the southwest the past two winters. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit.
|The Igloo is much closer now.|
Until next time… take care, be safe,