Monday, March 28, 2011

Back to Cactusland

 One of the first things you see after leaving Oregon is Mt. Shasta that was formed as a Volcano and it looked active when we drove by.

 After a night at a Best Western we drove over the Tehachapi Pass at an elevation of 3,970 feet and down into Mojave cutting south at highway 395. The road is bounded on the west by some pretty huge power lines...
 ... a few Joshua trees...

 ... and even more power lines.

 We drove 17 hours getting in at Matt's house late but safe. I did get out the next day for some cacti pictures like this one of a leaning Mickey Mouse Cactus...

 .... this bearded cactus I called a Gabby Hayes ...

 ... and this one I call a fish hook cactus 

 
after it's curved barbs

 When I think about it Matt has a great variety of cacti and I really appreciate this yellow cactus.

 Matt also has some interesting boulder sized rocks and even an old wagon wheel...

 ... and the boulder was beautifully colored.

 Some of his cactus is furry but don't let it fool you ...

 ... there are some sharp needles as well...

 ... and the effect in the yard is very traditional Arizona hardscape.

 This guy so special with it's almost perfectly round shape and, yes, needles...

 nestled as part of a purple gold and green paddle cactus.

 Matt did get the picture I put together I put together for him hung on the wall of the living room...

 ... and the rocks I put on the wall were still there...

 ... the ducky was chlorinating the pool...

 ... and the pool water was up to 61.

 As the shadows from the pool fence moved across the patio floor...

 ...Scrabble queen potted an herb garden.

 The real star was Matt's Yucca with two beautiful bloom pods...

 ... that were impossible to capture this day...

Best of all Matt's healing and each day is better than the last.

Quote of the Day ~
"So it really does have a sort of bittersweet quality. Kids like to have adventures and to believe they can fly, but there's also that fear about people leaving you." ~ Cathy Rigby, gymnast, actress and speaker.

3 comments:

mattme020202 said...

Another awesome one Dad!!! So glad you guys could come down, next time I hopefully won't have to get hurt to lure ya down!!!

mattme020202 said...

Another awesome one Dad!!! So glad you guys could come down, next time I hopefully won't have to get hurt to lure ya down!!!

Paul said...

Then stay well Matt - geeze

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