Saturday, July 2, 2016

Notes From the Canyon



This beautiful Saturday morning, Mary and I set out on a road trip through our canyon. There are so many pretty country roads to explore here, we can be doing this for a long time to come. 


At one point we had to stop to let a covey of quail cross the road. It consisted of many families, probably more than 100 quail crossed the road in front of our car. The youngest birds were very tiny and so adorable. A young rabbit and some ground squirrels crossed with them, but unfortunately I was very slow with the camera. It was just too much fun to watch all the activity with my own eyes, rather than the camera's. 

A view of the road above where I live. The Tehachapis are to the left.

I had my heart stress test last Saturday and it went well, much better than what some of my friends experienced. My PCP has arranged with several specialists to come up here to see patients once a month or so. I have an appointment with the cardiologist on Tuesday and it's so nice to not have to go to Bakersfield for it. 


An interesting formation on the trunk of this old oak. I hope you can see it.


A couple of pictures of Sugarloaf Mountain, large and massive I think of it as the sentinel of our canyon. Keeping watch.....


And we have to be watchful with fire season upon us. As we passed his house, a resident hit the road and followed us to see what we were up to. Thinking we were tourists and being careful, fire season and all, he said. Once Mary opened her window and told him we were locals, enjoying a different part of our canyon, there was no problem. 



It was a lovely and enjoyable morning. As we turned the car around and headed for home, this was our view. It sort of speaks for itself, I think.




Have a Great Holiday!

Inger, Samson, and Faith





22 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing the drive through your territory. hope no fireworks for your area...

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  2. your desert is so beautiful, i would love to see it and ride or walk on those roads. i am an avid reader of westerns and Sugarloaf Mountain was in a lot of them. that tree is amazing... so glad you have a friend to wander with and that the doc is coming to you... good to have a neighbor watching out for people to

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  3. It's so peaceful there - beautiful - thanks for sharing it Inger. The quail sound fabulous - you're right, much better to look with your own eyes. Sometimes it feels that we only look at things for the camera these days.
    Happy 4th of July :)

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  4. Happy 4th of July! That was a beautiful drive.

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  5. Your scenery is so different from what I am used to and it is a joy when you post pictures for us all to enjoy

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  6. What a beautiful drive! You are so lucky! Have a nice Fourth!

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  7. I wish I could have seen all the quail crossing!!

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  8. Beautiful scenery. A Happy 4th to you too. : )

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  9. The quail crossing had to have been a highlight. I have seen one family crossing but never so many. You are so right, the babies are adorable. Hoping you have a wonderful and safe 4th.

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  10. Beautiful pictures of the canyon and distant mountains. Thanks for sharing. I've been thinking about you with the news of fires in California. Take care and Happy Independence Day to you!! ~Jeff

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  11. You do indeed have beautiful country roads! I'm glad your stress test went well. We are dry too in Michigan right now. They banned the recreational fireworks this year. Hopefully everyone will comply and not set someone's house on fire! Happy 4th of July! I love your header picture, too, by the way!

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  12. A lovely drive, Inger. Glad your stress test went well. Also glad to hear specialists will come to your area. We have that type of arrangement here in my small town, as well.

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  13. Sometimes I think of life as one Big Stress Test! Yes, no fireworks this fourth during fire season! Your header is beautiful.

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  14. Hello Inger!
    Sounds that your road trip with Mary through your canyon was really amazing! So nice to have a good friend like Mary!
    So great to see more than 100 quails crossing the road in front of your car! And seeing rabbits and squirrels crossed the road too!
    Love the view of the road above where you live and the pictures of Sugarloaf Mountain!
    I am so glad that your heart stress test last Saturday went well!!
    Wishing you and your adorable Samson and Faith a lovely week ahead.

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  15. Happy 4th of July! Have a Great Holiday!

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  16. Beautiful country, as always. You should have told that guy you were from New Jersey and just wanted to come out into the wilderness to try out some new fireworks you just bought!

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  17. I love exploring, and I haven't done enough of it. Thanks for sharing the pictures from your area. I LOVE the quail. How amazing!
    Have a happy 4th!

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  18. Coming by late Inger but love the surprise of the evening banner on your blog! I hope all stays calm in your section of the California Mtns. No one likes the wildfires. We have a 'burn' going right now in one of our peat bogs. They are difficult to extinguish and usually have to burn themselves out. It was causing a lot of smoke in our area yesterday, as it's just on the outskirts of the Vancouver regional district.

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  19. How wonderful to get to see the quail crossing the road. I, too, would have been over-joyed!!

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  20. Happy 4th Inger!! (late, I know) The pictures are beautiful!! Gracie is busy right now putting together a poem for her beloved Samson's birthday.. tomorrow, right? Hope you are having a good week.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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