Sunday, May 21, 2017

Meditation Mount, Ojai, California ~ The Path and The Views

The Path

Many people who are drawn to Ojai are on a path of some sort. Serious people with an interest in finding a path that will lead to a better life, better understanding, peace, truth, maybe even enlightenment. Rachael and I thought the inscription on this rock a very good idea. Good Will, it says. Something we truly need in our lives now.

Oleanders line the beginning of the path.

You walk through this wooden gate and

arrive in the garden that I pictured last week.

The path is not long, but the gardens are so massive, if gardens can be that. So many different plants, all so beautiful and interesting, growing together in harmony along the path.  

The Views

Ojai, is located in a valley, about 15 miles from the Pacific coast. The town is surrounded by mountains and hills. The Topatopa range, with an elevation of more than 5,000 ft., borders the valley to the north. Other mountain ranges surround the town, making for some gorgeous views from Meditation Mount. 

The climate is Mediterranean with many orange groves dotting the landscape. Since I spent springtime in Ojai all those years ago, the smell of orange blossoms evokes memories of this lovely town. 

But Ojai is more famous for its oak trees. Krishnamurti actually gave his talks in an oak grove, where all of us who came to hear this remarkable man, sat on the ground under canopies of ancient, magnificent oaks. 

Rachael and I talked about how each person we share time with in our lives, leaves us with something. And I am grateful for my eight years, plus, with Henry, who introduced me to Ojai and opened my eyes to a more thoughtful and spiritual life. He was a good man.

When you arrive at the end of the path, the views are gorgeous, amazing, and just plain beautiful. Rachael is enjoying it all here.

I will finish my Ojai posts next Sunday with some pictures of the town itself. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rust ~ Post No. 5

A few rusty pieces from Ojai. The town has become pretty fancy since I used to come here regularly. Not surprising, perhaps, since I first came here more than 40 years ago. Still, it was nice to find some of the old vibe. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Meditation Mount, Ojai, California ~ The Garden

Happy Mother's Day!

Rachael and I took a road trip the other day, through the high desert, the mountain pass at the Grapewine, ending up in Ojai, a place we have wanted to visit together for a while.

In the 1970s and early 80s, I spent ten May vacations in this lovely town. It's a spiritual place, home to among others the Krishnamurti Foundation of America, the Krotona Institute of Theosophy, and a Buddhist Temple. 

I'm very busy right now, both with springtime chores around here and visiting with friends, some of whom I haven't seen for years. And then spending the day after the fun or the work resting. I get so tired, but you can't let that stop you from having fun. Right? My point being, I haven't got that much time to think up blog stories and take pictures. But now I feel lucky to have a lot of pictures from Ojai to share. I will post some on Sundays for a while. 

I love to see a cactus in bloom and this one was really special.

I've never seen one so healthy and with such lovely yellow flowers before. 

The views from Meditation Mount must be among the most beautiful in the world and I will share them, the town, the cute shops, the famous bookstore, the beyond gorgeous oak trees, and even some rusty items I found. 

Again, have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Rust ~ Post No.4

My friend Jane sent this from the garden behind the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California. Ridgecrest is a town by the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station in the Mojave desert. 

Wikipedia tells me that China Lake is the Navy's largest landholding, and that its main site covers more than 1,100,000 acres, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island. For me, this is just another reminder of how very large the Mojave desert is. 

In addition, China Lake is the home to many of the petroglyphs in the Coso range. Since access is restricted on the Naval Station these ancient works of rock art are more easily preserved and protected. Vandalism is low, says yet another Wikipedia site. 

You can only see the petroglyphs by prearranged tours. So I wasn't able to see them when we visited the area for the arts & crafts fair and Cherokee Inter-tribal Pow Wow back in 2015. Yes, there was a cowboy there too, with a very interesting chuck wagon full of all the cooking pots, pans, and utensils that were used on wagon trains. And lots of rusty items too, I'm sure. 

Jane said she loves the garden and "the imaginative scattering of rusty things." Which gave me an idea, or rather reinforced an idea I've had for a while: Maybe I can gather my favorite rusty things and scatter them in my garden. 

Well, I don't have a garden, but maybe then it would become one. And if it weren't for the ground-squirrels I could stick flowers here and there among the rust. I remember one of Graham's photos from Namibia, which had an entire vegetable garden growing inside the engine part of a rusty old truck. Now do you see why I miss his pictures?

And he did respond, by the way, and left a long comment on my old airplane post. He is OK. 

And here's the stove again. I got carried away with other things and forgot this was a post about a rusty stove that my friend Jane sent to me. Thank you, Jane, it is fabulous!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Another Sierra Sunrise

I don't think words are needed here. But, as always, there are a few things worth noting. One, I drove to my house in Los Angeles on Sunday and will post about it soon.

Also, while Faith may be on the table, Samson is in charge. The other day, he finally got tired of her bullying. They were both trying to kill a lizard when Faith had a fit of rage and started to fight him. Samson finally got mad and somehow ended up standing over her, with his teeth in the back of her neck, growling fiercely. I had to break up the fight. No harm done, and best friends again a minute later. 

As you can see in the last picture, the weeds are growing tall again. Nowhere near as tall as last year though and the tractor-mower guy is coming on May 22nd. By then the weeds should be dry enough to be cut and stay cut. We now have a June 1 fire abatement deadline, with no second chances, and a $500.00 fine if not in compliance immediately after.

My Sunday quote by Pope Francis, "No tyranny can be sustained without exploiting our fears" was to honor the Pope for his courage as he visited Egypt, and thus showed the world that his were no empty words. It was also in reference to the speech our president gave in Harrisburg on Saturday, ensuring his base stay scared of Muslims, immigrants, and people of color in general. 

Finally, Another Tequila Sunrise is a favorite song of mine. I think of it often as the sun rises over the Sierra Nevada mountains behind my backyard. Hence the title of this post. And no more tequila for me, too old for that, but just thinking of it brings back beautiful memories of our time in Mexico. 

Lots of words for a no words needed post, oh well!


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