Hiking in Palm Desert (part 3)

Hello readers !

We spent  many days in the  Greater Palm Springs area. We  were outside most of the day and staying active. We enjoyed hiking and at this time of the year (late January/ Mid-February), the weather was  perfect for this activity. We went  in San Rosa National monument. The park is called  Cahuilla Hills. The trails were in good condition. It was a climb with a reward for the view  when we got to the top after about one hour. It was interesting to look at the people ahead of us and how they could be visible if they were wearing  bright colors like this woman here with a reddish shirt. Can you see her ?

The trails go on a kind of switch back. They are large enough to meet.


As we went up, we could see a golf course and the city  of Palm Desert.


I will now show you some vegetation we saw during our hikes . I stopped to take photos every time I saw  something colorful. We saw desert lavender or you can say  “hyptis emoryi”. The gray leaves are covered with fine hairs and are soft to the touch.  Spikes of silvery-blue flowers develop anytime throughout the year, but we see more of them  during spring time. This plant grow on dry, rocky slopes along washes and in canyons.


And here are some other plants  seen.


It is possible to see road runner and desert cottontail but we didn’t see any there. Another day in another place we saw some.

Thanks for reading . More from my trip in California  very  soon.







Beautiful nature in Olympic National Peninsula.

In August , my family and I visited the Olympic National Peninsula in Washington State. It was another FUN adventure of the summer . I did not have much time to report on it  since. For me , and maybe for you also,  seeing a new place is exciting. Will that be  like you imagine  or better ? We  hope to spend time outdoors in August  but  there are no guarantee it will be dry and sunny.

On the day we had plan to drive up the mountain to HURRICANE RIDGE  (5,242 feet) , thick fog was also  au “rendez-vous”. We delayed our  morning visit and  instead went in search of lavender farms in SEQUIM. We  visited Martha Lane Lavender located on Martha Lane. The  friendly owner Julie  welcomed us to her farm and told us  we could cut some lavender, take photographs and visit her store. Photography is my passion so I was ready with my Canon ! At Martha Lane Lavender, they make essential oil, a great product to have around. For many people  lavender fields are a reminder of PROVENCE but Sequim has also the  perfect climate to grow lavender.

We ended up going to HURRICANE RIDGE although  there was still some fog. We walked , saw some deers, a grouse and pretty mountain flowers. The trees are showing signs of though winters. We missed the view on the strait of Juan de Fuca  but  the visit was still nice.

We  saw Marymere Falls and Lake Crescent  on our way to the West side of the Peninsula. Lake crescent is a 624 foot deep lake, turquoise blue and carved by a glacier.

Then, we arrived at RIALTO BEACH, on the rugged Pacific coast. Nice to hear big waves and  see giant drift logs, beach cobbles and offshore islands. At low tide, we walked to the Hole in the Wall , a natural  sea-carved arch. We could see that many people  had been camping over  night. Joy of summer for many !

Another great spot  is the HOH RAIN FOREST .Hiking the Hall of Moss was  quite interesting.  Nowhere is there forest  like it. There are found the largest known trees of five species: Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Red Alder.  HOH Valley  can get 142 inches (360 cm) of rain  annually. Seattle gets 34 inches (86 cm). I imagine Vancouver, BC gets similar amount as Seattle.

Great FUN to  have  this family vacation . Great memories for LIFE.

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