Our Aunt and Uncle live in a beautiful spot and here are a few of their flowers. This shot, as well as the two below are of bougainvillea.
The desert was a little windy and cooler than you would expect. It was a good thing this cute little Washingtonian came prepared with a fuzzy warm snow hat!
Eating lunch in the windiest spot with the prettiest view.
We drove into such a neat canyon. If you look up the road to the left you can see how the bottom of the canyon has been washed away. It was so incredibly pretty in this canyon!
What a perfect setting for a road, just don't be here when it rains!
The canyon sheltered some beautiful blossoms, which are rare for the desert in December. These might be blackbrush, but I am just guessing.
Checking out the little hiding spot. I'm sure it has a specific name, I just don't know it.
Looking straight up while in the little hiding spot.
Looking out towards the truck. The truck looks so tiny. I don't think you would want to yell while you were standing in there.
Salton Sea on the horizon.
Strange Facts about the Salton Sea:
It's saltier than the Pacific Ocean.
Water drains into it, and stays until it evaporates because it has no outlets.
It is located directly on top of the San Andreas Fault.
It covers 376 square miles, which makes it the biggest lake in California.
The lake has a history of being alternately completely dry, or full.
The next strange fact I want to share with you is so interesting that I am going to copy and paste directly from Wikipedia. I added the bolding in areas that I thought were especially fascinating.
"The creation of the Salton Sea of today started in 1905, when heavy rainfall and snowmelt caused the Colorado River to swell, overrunning a set of headgates for the Alamo Canal. The resulting flood poured down the canal and breached an Imperial Valley dike, eroding two watercourses, the New River in the west, and the Alamo River in the east, each about 60 miles (97 km) long. These two newly created rivers carried the entire volume of the Colorado River into the Salton Sink, filling it in approximately two years.
The Southern Pacific Railroad attempted to stop the flooding by dumping earth into the headgates area, but the effort was not fast enough, and as the river eroded deeper and deeper into the dry desert sand of the Imperial Valley, a massive waterfall was created that started to cut rapidly upstream along the main stem of the Colorado River. This waterfall was initially 15 feet (4.6 m) high but grew to a height of 30 feet (9.1 m) before the flow through the breach was finally stopped. It was originally feared that the waterfall would recede upstream into the Nevada-Arizona area, attaining a height of up to 100 to 300 feet (30 to 91 m), from where it would be even more difficult to fix the problem. As the basin filled, the town of Salton, a Southern Pacific Railroad siding and Torres-Martinez Indian land were submerged. The sudden influx of water and the lack of any drainage from the basin resulted in the formation of the Salton Sea."
Look how peaceful it looks today. You would never guess it was filled by a two year "flash flood!"
Beautiful desert sky.
Whoops! We're stuck. Both trucks took turns getting stuck in the sand dunes along the Salton Sea, but thankfully we had a huge chain and there was always one truck free to pull the other out.
The axle of the truck was in the sand!
We made it!
Back at the house Lena was keeping us all entertained by her cuteness. I made her a hat and it made her look like a little bloom.
Check out that awesome retro highchair!