Monday, December 31, 2012

A Very Merry


 We headed out for perhaps an unconventional and a wonderful Christmas trip this year, camping is what we wanted for Christmas so we rented a rig and hit the open road.



We headed for the high desert and though the sun was shining it was extremely cold, we exchanged gifts before we left, new down sleeping bags :)



Bryce and I shopped at REI before we left he also received a raven black down jacket, here snapping a picture of his brother raven. The ravens in the desert are very comical because they follow you, curious, and scroungy as they are. When you drive up they hover over you to see if you might spill or drop something, we did not but one time when we were tent camping we left a roll of paper towels outside which we found shredded on our return. I'm sure that bird thought if it kept tearing it would find something good, it taught us to keep a very tidy camp.

 gorgeous big views


 frozen creek


 Christmas tree



 cold morning , fresh snow on the near peaks



 Naturally I spent a lot of time stalking birds.



 We all find it interesting to just walk out in the sage and cinder and just look around, we found a stacked cinder wall out there, who stacked the rocks, why, it's fun to ponder and to try and create scenarios.


A room with a view/views if you don't like the view move on, I always find it comical to see the framed and changing views along the highway.



We drove up higher for some trout fishing which was on Eric's birthday list.



We hiked nearly all day on Christmas, up on the tabletops, once up there the views back down to the winding Owens River are spectacular. We all split up this time and looked far and wide for the elusive petroglyph that's up there somewhere but we never did find it. Once again the ravens followed us, I realized I could watch the ravens and know just were the other members of our small search party were.
* see the raven in the center of the shot to the right


The quiet up there is incredible with sculptural rocks, I could spend a week up there just looking around. I must say it is rather frightening getting back down, we made a cairn so we could retrace our way, still somehow we lost the trail and ended in a precarious position yikes, you fall, you die.


We had a lovely well earned Christmas dinner followed by card games, rummy, kings in the corner and awoke the next morning to a blanket of snow.


Banjo loved it



It took some getting used to for Mart, he's small and cold and did not appreciate the snow collecting in his mambo pants. I finally got him to pee under the motor home, the only snow free area :)



I found her but I couldn't get her loaded inside, the dogs were happy about this, she has an X on her tail.



We are home and I'm working on orders I took at our show, it's cold here too, lovely, I took Jo up to visit the deer in the hills this morning.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2013, we are teens again!

xo Ro

34 comments:

  1. I so envy your Christmas, Ro. You deserved every second of that stunning vista.

    Have a wonderful beginning of the New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year Dawn, thank you for rinding along :)

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  2. What a wonderful Christmas!

    I would love to do the same thing someday.

    Happy New Year to all the Darrows!

    xo

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    1. Oh I hope you do Cinda, it was so much fun!!

      happy New Year to you and your family, those BIG dogs :)

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  3. Welcome back, oh happy wanderererereres!!
    I so missed seeing you on the trail, happy that you had a wonderful ~ wonderfilled Christmas. I sure love that area you were in, its a beautiful place for sure! So neat to see it thru your lens!
    See you soon!!
    xoxo

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    1. Gosh, it was so pretty Deb those are all my favorite browns, tans, sands, palominos and the glittery with stuff, just beautiful! Good company too :)

      YES see you SOON!

      xoxoxoo

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  4. Sounds like a great time! Fantastic photos too! You probably don't get snow very often so that must have been nice. Poor Mart! My brother's dog used to refuse to go in the snow, he would shovel a few spots for him so he could go on grass. Living in upstate NY, this got to be pretty tiresome quickly and Duke had to learn to like the snow :)
    Oh and kings in the corner is my favorite!!! A friend taught it to me this summer and I can't get enough of it!
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi DJ no we, don't get snow here our orange trees wouldn't like that along with Mambo Mart. When I lived in the snow I had to do the same thing for my doxie cross, with those short legs it was hopeless, I bought her a down vest too :) Good thing Mart is only 6 inches high, short enough to have room beneath the motor home.

      High 5 to Kings in the corner, we never seem to play cards at home, I wonder why, it's fun!

      Happy New Year!!

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  5. What a wonderful way to spend Christmas, great idea and a truly beautiful location. Thanks for taking me there,

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    1. It was really wonderful, wonderfilled!....thanks for riding along!!

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  6. Looks like you had a wonderful holiday with spectacular sights & views!!! And the whole family together-really great!!! Happy New Year to all of you! xoxoxo

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    1. So pretty there Priscilla along with my very favorite people, I think we need to make this a Christmas tradition!

      Happy New Year to you, it's gonna be a good one for you, already off to a great start!!

      xxoxoo

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  7. Gorgeous scenery out there!!!! What a fun idea, I've been longing for a road trip, especially since as far as we can drive on the island is about 1 hr! I'd love to rent an RV, it must have been so fun! Sending you lots of love and Aloha for a happy and healthy new year!

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    1. It is fun and comfortable in the cold along with the longer nights, it was good to be able to sit around a table. I'm sure there are a million places to explore and a lot of fun places to stop and stay, I hope you do it, it's a blast.

      Happy New Year to YOU!!

      xxoo

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  8. Oh, happy to know you had a wonderful time! I thought of you all often. I'm glad that you all got to do things on your lists.....petroglyph hunting, fishing, etc. and getting some bonuses....... like waking to snow, and having a yummy Christmas dinner! Good for you :-).

    Wishing you all much happiness in this new year!
    xxxooo

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  9. It was GREAT Lisa, thank you, I couldn't have asked for more, okay maybe an oven, I thought here would be an oven but no big deal, we just used the cook top.

    I met a lady walking her old springer spaniel in the snow that told me she baked a pie on Christmas, pretty cool.

    Oh and there were two other campers where we stayed one ran a blow up Santa Clause and a Merry Christmas sigh on a generator nearly all night long, ho ho ho!

    You too Lisa, Happy New Year to you and your family!

    XXXOOO

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  10. You're baaaaack! =) So glad you had such an amazing time. All that gold and texture where you were...simply beautiful.

    Happy New Year, Ro. And Happy New Year, ladies along the trail. Hope it's a really great one!

    xxx

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    1. Ha! Found it. Now I'm me again.

      (It was either this one or the recent "I'm dying and I want my mummy!" one.)

      xxx

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    2. Happy start to the new year, Ash! XO

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    3. Thanks, Lisa! You, too!! =)

      xxx

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  11. HA haaaa ASH! I dare you to post the mommy pic :) Happy to see you back, Happy New Year!

    xoxoo

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    1. Ha ha! If only I were that brave. (Mum said it's the exact same expression I had as a kid whenever things weren't right in my little world!)

      xxx

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    2. You are a funny bunny Ash, I'm still laughing at that expression!

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  12. love the frozen creek and the christmas tree.
    great shot of bryce photographing his brother. [smile]
    'better watch that hawk: he's giving you the evil eye!

    happy new year!
    x

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    1. Oh it was So beautiful, I loved every minute!

      The Hawk was giving the stink eye because it was busy upchucking bones and fur, I had NEVER seen this in person before, from his perch in the cottonwood he dropped a pellet the size of my fist, it made an amazing THUD, I can only imagine how he was feeling.......Mr Grumpypants! I didn't stay with him long, he obviously needed peace :)

      Happy New Year to you!

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  13. Wow, these are awesome views and vistas, Ro--what a fabulous trip, complete with adventure, snow, ravens and cutthroat card games!

    :-)


    My favorite picture, though, is the first one--the RV interior claimed by an Eric Darrow coffee mug and Banjo in her "spot"--looks like home....

    Happy New Year along this trail!!!!

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  14. I was so enamored with the colors Caroline, that winding view back down to the river looks like a jasper I am extremely fond of !

    Yes JUST like home but jiggly and loud, I had the leatherman tool out in the first 5 minutes screwing cabinet hardware back on, the stove burner fell off too......just like home :) Banjo LOVED it Mart is sensitive (weenie) he did not like the jiggling.

    The best part.......leaving the dogs in their beds and taking a walk, the best of both worlds..

    Happy New Year along the ski trail!!

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