If it looks steep that's because it was
Maybe the East Coasters could help identify the white stuff in this picture.......We understand it is native to your area
Fuel tank for the Ranger Station/Fire Lookout
View from the topThe next hike was the Panorama Loop in Joshua National Park. This was a much gentler hike with only a 700 foot elevation gain and 7.5 miles.
Hikers under a Joshua Tree
The third hike was today and we spent 4 hours just climbing over boulders and rocks. We hiked into Rattlesnake canyon and bouldered around learning proper techniques. Just a day of fun!!
Don't know if that rock will still be there next year.
June blending in with the rocks
One happy group
June coming down
No Rattlesnakes but this guy was sunning himself on the rocks
In between hikes we spent time house sitting for our friends Geoff and Brenda. They are also from Sidney and they took their son, daughter in law and two grandchildren to Disneyland while we looked after Yoda the dog.
We saw some of the best Pickleball that can be played at the Desert Palms senior games. We watched an men's doubles bronze medal game where all 4 players were ranked 5.0 which for Pickleball is the highest ranking. They were very good.
On Valentines Day we went down to Cathedral City for the Balloon Festival and watched as a dozen "Hot Air Balloons" were inflated and then illuminated all at once. They were grounded as they cannot fly at night, during the day they were tethered but restricted to how high they could go because President Obama was in town.
Every time I saw this I thought...."Flame On"
Two flame are better than one
The World is full of hot air.
June lending a helping hand
Night becomes day as all 12 balloons hit the flame at once
The whole inflation process was interesting as neither of us had seen it before. We also couldn't get over how close we could get to the balloons. They encourage people to get closer for pictures etc, The big surprise was the noise level when "Burners" were fired it was quite loud.
Well that gets you up to date with us. We only have 9 days left till we leave here and head back to Victoria. We hope to do one more Blog before we go but finding time may be a problem!
Take Care and stay warm(especially back east) thank-you for reading this.