Winter has set in. We continue to get out and about for various outdoor activities, but it seems to be a time for slowing down and saving up energy for spring.
We had a great trip to Joshua Tree National Park, Indio, and Bishop over the Christmas and New Years. Joshua Tree, being higher-elevation desert, is typically cool and breezy at this time of year, so sunny routes were highly sought after for a less chilly climbing experience. Nights were clear and cold, with a bright, almost-full moon lighting the famous monzonite granite formations and namesake “trees.” Our new, wee propane heater served us well for camping in the Sprinter.
We then headed north to Bishop. Chris made a giant ham for New Year’s, and we shared champagne and stories before everyone toddled off to bed at 8:30. [Party animals.] So everyone felt great the next day when we went for a leisurely stroll in Owens Valley.
It was a chilly but sunny day. Some of the ponds were partially frozen, and birds flitted among the tall reeds and rushes that lined the ponds. We saw a roadrunner. Bean fell in the canal. [Chris fished her out.] We also found an ironing board.
bonus: eureka dunes in winter
Here are some unusual images of snow on the dunes, captured by Bishop photographer John Dittli. Definitely chillier than the wedding!