Thursday, May 10, 2018

Traveling to the West!

Hello again!
This month, I am quite late with my blog entry, as we were in the air and on the road in California.  What an incredible state of our union.  We had every kind of weather, and went from coastal to mountains to desert in ten days.  Each place was unique and special. 

Spring was bursting all over.

wisteria in Rockridge

One of the flowers that I love the most is the Calla Lily
which grows on the hills, wild and free.

Of course, visiting our kids is always a highlight.  We made the most of our short time together (these kids are working hard, and time off is hard to we made the most of our weekend, stretching it just a bit on either side of Saturday & Sunday). 

We took the Huckleberry hike.
We saw everything from Manzanita, Huckleberry, Calla Lilies,
wild iris & poison oak. 


We started in the East Bay area, up in the hills of Oakland and Piedmont.  Such beauty!  Spring was at it's best. 

I have no idea....just pretty and petite

We splurged on a very special meal at a very special restaurant.  Sometimes, you just have to go for it, and have memories instead of money, in your bank.

A Berkeley treat
Food changed completely when Alice Waters
came on the scene, with her merry band
of Chefs and foodies.

We ate upstairs in the Cafe.
Delightful, and delish!

We also went to Santa Rosa to see the Charles Schultz Museum (home of Snoopy and friends).

What's not to love?

A truer statement can not be made about Art and the Artist.
We love it and do it, because we cannot think of a world without Art.
Music, Poetry, Drawing, Painting, Crafting
It feeds the soul.

Snoopy agrees!

And off we go to more adventures.

We had to leave our sweet kids and move on to Sequoia, where there was still snow on the ground.  We had hoped to hike in King's Canyon, but there was still too much snow.  However, Sequoia was majestic and filled us with awe.

large is an understatement!!!

We are talking - LARGE!!!

These trees are unique to the area.
the weather and moisture are just what they need to grow so tall.

we weren't kidding about the snow.
It was on the North side of the Park and temperatures were in the 40's.

Working our way to our next stop.
We crossed the Mojave desert and dust storms
to Joshua Tree.
Plants are small and delicate and thirsty here.
When the rain does come (& there are only 3 inches a year)
everything bursts forth in glory.
We were lucky...we came right after they had a bit of rain.

Joshua Trees are unique and this National Park was created to save them
from extinction.  Now, they are healthy and contained in this perfect
enviornment for them.  

It was exciting to see blooms in the desert!

survival is not easy, but there is beauty in the stark desert.

Ocotillo plants do not bloom until after a strong rain.
The color and beauty of this plant, against the backdrop of the desert
was stunning.  There were only a few on the way out of the park.

Beauty and the Beast.
Those spines are seriously sharp!

We completed our trip with friends in Palm Desert and family in Los Angeles, before boarding our plane back to Florida.  With in six days, we were back in the car and heading to Nashville, Tennessee.

But, while I was home, I saw a japanese Boro on Pinterest.  I just had to draw it.  That is the maximum amount of art done this month....a drawing copied from Pinterest, in my sketch book.
See you soon.

Farmer's Boro