Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Jungle garden at the Huntington

There are lots of "garden rooms" at the Huntington. Here are some pics from the Jungle garden.

Myself and Aimee










Desert Garden at the Huntington

I love the Huntington Gardens, Library and Art Museum. I have not been in several years. There have been lots of additions and changes. These gardens are listed as one of the best 100 gardens in the world.

This water feature is new since my last visit.

Here are just a few pics from the desert gardens.








Pageant of the Masters 2017

I went to the Pageant of the Masters last year, for the first time. Aimee and I went again this year. It is an amazing event. Each year they choose a theme and select art work, paintings, sculpture, posters and depict them with live people dressed as those in the paintings. It is kind of hard to describe, but really worth going to. They have been doing it for 80 years and so really have the whole thing down.
It was a good two hour show, out under the stars. They also have a whole plaza with a high end art show, music and food. Worth the trip! It lasts about 7 weeks every summer in Laguna Beach.



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Kayaking on the Salt River

Cindy and I went kayaking on the Salt River this morning. It was awesome! Someday, I still think I am going to buy a kayak. I just have to figure out how to store it and how to haul it....

We were at Saguaro Lake Ranch. I had never been there before and it was very cool. They have quite a few things they offer. Check out their website.
http://www.saguarolakeranch.com/activities/kayaking/

We went on the two hour kayak trip. They have them at 8am, 9 and 10. We were supposed to be there a half hour early, and so we had to leave early this morning to get all the way there. It was worth it!
There were 11 people in our group. First of all, this is easy, flat water paddling in an open kayak. Anyone can do it. Seriously. There were a few areas of faster water, but nothing scary.

We had a few instructions and then he set us off and told us where he would pick us up at the other end.

Cynthia and I have rented Kayaks at Watson Lake in Prescott, off Catalina Island, Lake Pleasant and I did it once in La Jolla. We decided this was one of our nicest trips. It was fun to be on a river as opposed to the lake or ocean. We saw herons, turkey buzzards, turtles, red winged black birds and 19 wild horses!

The scenery was nice the whole time, but the most spectacular were these cliffs right at the beginning.



He told us you can sometimes see eagles sitting on the cliffs. We didn't notice them today.




We did see lots and lots of turkey buzzards. I thought these guys in the saguaro skeleton were pretty comical.

 Some of the places the wild horses were, was fast water. I couldn't take pics then as I had to pay attention to what I was doing, but I got some. We saw horses pretty much along our whole trip.



We only saw two people tubing and so it was like we had the river completely to ourselves. We loved that too. It could be because we were the 8am group and also it was a weekday.



More horses




This horse had a rider! He was waiting for us to pull out before he crossed the river on his horse.


It's easier to get out if someone gives you a hand. My knees aren't what they used to be.


Made it to the end. We think we are going to go back and maybe do the longer trip next time.