Yahoo we made it to Valley Center in record time and after all the driving (388 miles) we ran into Matt in Valley Parkway and stopped for tamales and olives at a roadside stand. Matt had taken the mini-musemobile to be detailed at it looked terrific.
No! this isn't the mini-musemobile but it's Jill's Takach Ranch mule that Matt loved driving.
We parked the Musemobile next to Willie's corral and he came over to visit. Willie is Jill's Ankole-Watusi bull.
"Ankole-Watusi cattle are the show-stoppers of the bovine kingdom. Medium-sized animals, with long, large-diameter horns, they attract attention wherever they appear. These regal animals can easily trace their ancestry back more than 6,000 years and have often been referred to as "cattle of kings."
Teddy was on the other side of the corral. Teddy is Jill's buckskin and is one of the most beautiful colors you will ever see on a horse.
While we were setting up the musemobile George arrived from a job he was contracted to perform. George is one of the best tile flooring contractors in the Escondido area.
We all sat around the campfire - so to speak - without a campfire or for that matter a campground. There was Matt and Dianna, Jill and Sharyn and George - I just had to take a picture.
Of course Jill had at least one orchid plant blooming and it was very photogenic.
One of my favorite features on Takach Ranch is this thin slab of rock covering another domed boulder.
Jill and George have a taste for the west and everything cowboy...
... and their home is decorated accordingly...
Even the howling coyote lamp was expertly coordinated with the decor.
The house sits higher up the hill than the corral where we were parked so I had to take some looking down at our very special campsite.
The sunset was great ...
... so I took another shot just as the sun set.
Well it's getting late but I got one last shot of George on the Takach laptop working on a Google search and a child genius Diana had told him about, playing guitar on You-Tube.
We heard the news that Natasha Richardson passed away from injuries she suffered in a skiing accident. It was reported she seemed OK after the initial injury near Quebec, Canada. It is especially sad to think about how this injury was much like our son suffered skateboarding and a grandson had after falling from a swing. Our son and grandson, like Natasha were not wearing helmets. We are lucky our son and grandson survived the brain trauma while Natasha's family lost a loved one. There are two things I beg everyone to remember. Wear helmets when it's reasonable or necessary and never take a head injury lightly. The brain can begin to swell long after the injury. Forgive me if I'm overly serious in an otherwise lighthearted blog but this issue is to important to be light about.
Quote of the Day
"Well, Tommy Lee Jones is a little bit more intimidating. He's definitely a cowboy. He's from Texas." ~ Christina Milian