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My name is Rachel, I live in California, I'm 40, married for 15 years to Sean and have two dogs. My hobbies are my dogs Leo & Ferny, hiking, exploring, enjoying life.

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These Canyons are Full of Ghosts ~ Emmett C. Harder
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance ~Robert M. Pirsig

The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life ~ Thomas Moore, April 29, 2005
Nine Princes in Amber ~ Roger Zelazny, April 18, 2005
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Khiori's Solitude

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings; Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine into flowers..."
~John Muir

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March 31, 2005

Deep Creek

I will have a trip report on this tomorrow. I think. Ha ha. We hiked here yesterday. Six hours - five miles. What a hike. I think Solo will not want to go with us any more lol

March 30, 2005


I forgot to make an entry yesterday. And today I am headed out for birthday hiking. I'll be taking lots of pictures so I can post those later.

We're going to see the natural hotsprings called Deep Creek. It's a 2 1/2 mile hike along the Bradford Ridge Path (we did part of this earlier in the month). The hotsprings are natural although maintained by volunteers. We're really hoping we get there and it will be void of other people. It's clothing optional :blush: (We'll be going with the clothing ON option!! ha ha)

March 28, 2005

Bears Paw Quilt Top

I finished the top this weekend. I did a lot of other things too - But I think I will wait to write about them until later. Let's just say I was really busy sewing/crocheting this weekend!

March 25, 2005

Threw my back out

Ugh, I've thrown my back out. It's been bothering me all week. Because of that and all the lousy weather, we haven't done anything outside. Good thing I've got more than enough things to do inside. Namely, finish quilts! I'll be working on this one this weekend.

March 22, 2005


When on the trail, we call him "Scout"

March 21, 2005


Mushrooms found near Kinley Creek

March 18, 2005

Kinley Creek Area

March 17, 2005

Solo At Kinley Creek

Pretty face :kisses:

March 16, 2005

More rejections

More rejection letters. Ha. I think when all is done, I will paste them on a wall as a covering. Then throw darts at them. *sigh*

March 15, 2005

Mill Peak Revisited

We hiked to Mill Peak with the dogs and some friends this weekend. Sometimes though, I really need to pay attention to signs and get a clue!

What can you tell about this picture that should have raised multiple red flags??

Why yes! It must be that! SNOW. :|

Note to self: When hiking in snow, wear snow boots. And bring extra socks. Lots of them. And plastic bags for your feet. Lots of them. Not lots of feet, lots of bags.

Sheesh. What was I thinking? I was thinking, HIKE! Let's get to the top! ha I will only mention this once and here. All our feet were soaked. Our boots were soaked. And I'm sure I wasn't the only one with cold feet. At least none of us got frostbite!

We hiked up the 1/2 mile to Dry Creek, which is flowing very nicely! It wasn't a difficult crossing. But Brandy (doggie) needed a bit of help and lots of encouragement.

Just after the crossing, (and finding the path covered with a couple feet of snow) we climbed upwards and got a great view of Dry Creek from above:

Solo was having a great time. He was very much in his element with the snow and cool temperatures.

And onward and upward we went until we reached one of the viewing spots. It was a bit foggy below but we were able to see the mountains to our left.

And we rested a bit before tackling the last 1/4 mile. Leo easily ran 2x what we walked. So he needed to sit a spell ;)

Yay!! We finally made it! And this was the best shot we got lol.

We had lunch and rested while our shoes and socks dried a bit. Then I looked around to try to find the Peak log book that seemed to have disappeared. I found it scattered all over and put it back together as best I could. We signed it, tucked it safely back in its hole and set off back down the mountain.

With only about 3/4 mile left, Solo and Leo were taking advantage of every rest point. Well, Solo right away. Leo would run around scouting the area and checking things out. Then when satisfied, he'd take his spot next to Solo to rest. Silly boy :)

Poor Brandy had to have a bit of help toward the end due to sore (cold?) feet. She got a lift from her friend, Steve (did I mention all the snow yet??)

When we finally reached near the cars/trailhead, the fog had rolled in. I swore to never call a hike "Easy" again, we said our goodbyes and we agreed to do it again soon ;)

4 miles round trip.

March 14, 2005

3N50 - Bradford Ridge Path

Sign Post I have no idea who Bradford is, but this is a pretty cool hike. It's back by the Pinnacles, just next to the bridge. Take the path next to the gate and go down the wash.

The creek is part of the Kinley Creek... creek. (whatever) And will eventually become a waterfall. This creek will dry up sometime toward the mid-summer (I think). It leads to Deep Creek, down in the desert. I'm really not sure how long of a hike it is as we only followed it for about a mile before turning back.

The path itself is fairly narrow and climbs steeply at first.

We could see the falls from the path. And not long afterwards we were able to access the creek. The dogs loved playing in the water here and there were a couple of very nice shady areas plus sandy beach areas. I can see this being a very popular picnic area!

Further along the path you will see this sign:

It's beautifully framed by trees on either side of the path.

The neat thing is how many areas we passed through. From the forest to cactus. Neat! This was our turn around spot. It sat high above the creek canyon and was a bit windy. It must be the natural high spot of the area.

This lush green grass made me want to be a little fairy lol

March 11, 2005

Kinley Creek

Here is where we hike a lot. The creek is named Kinley Creek and it flows down from the Pinnacles. We have never seen anyone here but we can clearly hear gun fire from the nearby shooting range (Private).

When we first started hiking this area last year, I was concerned someone might be out shooting where we walked. We find tons of spent shot gun casings around. But we haven't seen anyone at all. We figure people must come there at night or early morning. You can tell people have been there from all the trash.

Yesterday we decided to follow the creek down a bit to see what we would find.

We found a bunch of interesting rock formations in the area. I'd sooner expect to see something like this in Joshua Tree NP. But as you can see from the roughness, this rock is not as ancient as the Joshua Tree NP rocks.

Kinley Creek has a lot of falls when there is water. Come fall, it should be dry. But now, we have lots of water to play in. The dogs love it

There is so much trash in the area that I tried to help remove some. I can't tell how many bags we've taken out in the past year. There's always a bit more though!

Solo waited for me to finish collecting garbage lol

And the family shot:

If Solo were a black or a brown Newfoundland, I would seriously worry about some newbie shooting him in the mistake he was a bear. We often hear comments on that effect. And I have mistaken bears for Newfoundlands in the past. No joke

March 10, 2005

Currently Reading

I've added my reading list to the side bar. There are links to purchase the books through Amazon.com. And yes, that those are affiliation type links.

As I start new books, I will add them to the list. As I finish books, I will remove them to a new page.

March 09, 2005


Spring ~ has it sprung??? We took a short walk on Sunday along a seasonal creek with the dogs. It was a walk to remember Khiori. The ground was very wet. Soggy. The river was flowing pretty good and we had to go around in places in order to cross.

Mosses and new grasses are starting to grow. And wildflowers are just now starting to appear. They are small and blue.

Later we will get yellows. Then orange flowers.

By and by we will get back over to Holcomb Valley to see what grows there.

I love spring. Everything is new again.

It's a gorgeous day though. It's warm and sunny.

March 08, 2005

My fishy

:\ One of our fish died. We only got him last month. And today - he died. *sigh*

March 07, 2005

Quick Post

A test of the QuickPost system. Hang on to your seats!!!!!!!


Yesterday was the anniversary of Khiori's death.

March 01, 2005

Happy Birthday, Candace!

Happy Birthday, Candace! Uncle Sean and I hope you have a great birthday with....

Something neat to do :)

And your cake and card!

Another web site concerning the Mountain Communities of the San Bernardino mountains. Thank you for visiting :o)

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