Good morning to you, where ever in the world you may be. Summer does not officially begin till June 20, 2020 but here in the Coachella Valley, it has felt like summer for the last month as temperaments and temperatures were getting heated. Yesterday, we took a break from the world and took a drive to Idyllwild, California to pick up a new green screen set up. When Hubby had first told me about it, I thought it was too good to be true for the price that it was listed at because I have been patiently waiting till I could afford one. Glad I waited! This one was in the box, unopened and 1/4 of the prices I had seen. It was worth that scary, mountain drive. I am excited and can’t wait to use the green screen as it will make cutting out items easier when I am creating new pictures. Oh yeah! Thank you kind lady that sold me the set! Patience really is a virtue.
Earlier in the day, we watched a little of a bootleg Led Zepplin DVD. It was recorded around 1979. Honestly, I was busy at my computer while Hubby watched. Hubby mentioned that Jimmy Page was going to pull out the Dan Electro so I left the computer and went and sat in front of the TV. That is when I intently watched John Bonham drum as I really had never just focused on any one of the musicians as I have only seen them perform from past concert footage. Mr. Bonham was proof, that bigger, doesn’t always mean better as he played a small kit but he made it sound like one of those huge, drum sets like Neil Peart , drummer for the band Rush, played. Press play and check out that master of the drumsticks.
We enjoyed Led Zeppelin and lots of classic rock on those 80ish miles round trip. Music sure makes our road trips enjoyable. I would sing out a little when I was scared or tap my fingers to the beat to take my mind off the road.
The last time we had been to Idyllwild was just after the 2018 Cranston fires that burned the mountain and areas around Idyllwild as Hubby played with the Ghosts of Kelso at the Idyllwild Brewpub. Back then, Hubby would drive home after they played and it was dark and scary no matter which route you took, the 74 or 243. The night skies though, they were clear and the stars were so brilliant. I swear I saw the Milky Way one of those nights. We did however see lots of wildlife like owls and coyotes and lots of jack rabbits. Really though, I am not missing those drives, no not me. That deal, though, was just too good to pass up. So, unless another good deal like that happens, that was probably my last time going to Idyllwild.
Our adventure began around 2 PM and the temps were around 100 F degrees. I was a little apprehensive about the drive but happily looked forward to the adventure and the scenic drive. My camera didn’t come out much as I just wanted to enjoy the ride through the Santa Rosa Mountains as I have taken plenty of photos on previous trips. We arrived in Idyllwild at our appointed meeting place, around 3:15 PM. The return trip home started shortly thereafter. The town of Idyllwild was busy with tourists. I didn’t want to explore as most of the people we observed were not wearing a mask. The numbers are on the rise again and I would rather be over cautious then not. Someone’s life could depend on it.
During the trip home, Hubby pulled the car over near a bulldozer on the side of the road so I could snap a few pics. (I looooove heavy equipment!!!) I also snapped a few of the landscape as it was quite lovely.
I thought Hubby was joking around when I asked him if we could stop so I could relieve myself. He said, sure when we get to the Pit Stop. I had know idea there was a new gas station along the route named, The Pit Stop. If you travel that way and you need gas or to stop, try it out, it was quite clean and the gas was inexpensive. I am disabled and good bathrooms can make or break a trip, literally. The Pit Stop did not disappoint and gets my thumbs up for accessibility.
Our whole trip, including lunch, was three hours. Really though, it seemed like the first and last 15 miles take the longest as the road is curvy and steep. Many cars passed us and I thought to myself, they must be locals as they whizzed by. We were one of those cars that kept pulling to the side to let people pass. Kindness can be passed along in so many places, right. After we passed Vista Point, I started to get excited as I knew we only had about 10 more minutes of mountain roads. I definetly recommend the trip, though, at least once.
Thank you, dear reader for the visit. May your Monday feel like a Friday before a long weekend. Hugs to you and you and you!