Oh, how I love to reminisce!
About travel, about birthdays, and most especially, about my MOST favorite place – California.
A year ago, I celebrated turning forty on a mountain above Palm Springs. What a spectacular day. I couldn’t get enough of the forest, the cliff hangs, and the beautiful desert and city views.
These are nice memories to have (and photos too!).
This year, I celebrate year forty-one by working. Meh.
But hey, it’s not so bad. My husband was out-of-town for a week, and made it back justintime. I have never been happier to see someone in my life. I consider myself pretty tough and independent. And really? It was fine. I wasn’t some kind of weeping, lonely mess. But man was it empty – inside and out. Believe me, being on a mountain is great, but having the best man in the world by your side? That is fantastic.
This is not the best photo, but it’s the only one I have of the sign.
I must say, I LOVE the ocean. LOVE IT. My second love? The MOUNTAINS. Any mountain. My grandma was from Pueblo, Colorado. We visited the mountains every Thanksgiving. This is what I love MOST about California. You have the beautiful beaches. AND (like the Coke Zero commercials) You have the gorgeous mountains too. Just a hop, skip, and highway drive away.
I believe this flower is called Yarrow. It peppers the mountain side and really gives it that pop of color that is so breathtaking among the boulders.
I saw lots of wildlife – lizards, squirrels, chipmunks, and birds.
The enormously towering trees were also amazing. I live in the city and we just don’t have this view outside of our door.
And the fresh pine scent? Heaven.
I don’t know what is not to love about a mountain.
I climbed a rock for this view. It was a little scary as I have zero balance and/or climbing skills.
My husband climbed a rock too.
While my king was gone, I was visited by a random black bird.
He decided to land on the very rock I was perched on (out of alllll the rocks on the mountain). It was a bit unsettling in my zen state. Wings are VERY loud on a quiet mountain side. And he just kinda marched around flapping and looking at me very curiously. I got quite a few photos of my bird visitor.
Then my husband surprised me with restaurant reservations at this fancy place.
I had a delicious piece of salmon, but mostly I enjoyed the fabulous views.
My view from our dining table.
Sunset view from the balcony of the restaurant.
And this? I can’t even describe. As the sun set and the contrast changed, I couldn’t take my eyes off the captivating landscape of the desert.
Truly, my year forty is one to remember – from the start to the finish.
Now? I am ready for the next. Come on forty-one show me what you got. I know it’s going to be good.
Don’t just count your years, make your years count. -Meyers, Ernest
20 thoughts on “On Top of a Mountain”
Beautiful pictures. The view from your dining table was stunning. And I liked that picture of rock too. Must been a great a experience.
Happy Birth Day, Angelia! May god bless you with lot more happiness and peace. Have a great day! 🙂
Thank-you so much Arindam for your sweet blessing and wishes. It was a truly beautiful day, as they all are. I admire all the views I have been gifted this past year and the next.
Happy belated birthday! Is the San Jacinto park where the tram out of Palm Springs (or is it Palm Desert?) takes you? I took that tram to the mountaintop once, many years ago, probably 20 years ago. Your photos brought back many memories.
I think the yellow plant is rabbitbrush – when we first moved here, we had a lot of it growing in what has since become our yard. There is still some in the back of the property where we have not cleared, and I love it’s sunny yellow blooms.
Yes, that’s the one. We took the tram up to the top and there are TONS of trails all around. I wish we could have stayed longer. I love the sunny yellow too. Glad I could bring back happy memories for you. 🙂
Awesome awesome pics. Love the pine scent pic the most. Way to tire yourself on your fortieth. When I have nothing or cant decide where to go next, I just hike. Thank California for it has so many options ipfor outdoor activities.
I love getting to sneak a peak at your surroundings…lovely!
Spectacular photos, fabulous memories, super views,, and a husband that rocks. All in all, an incredible birthday. Work? Blah. Happy forty-first.
Lovely pictures! The view from the restaurant is amazing!
Wow, your photography is stunning. I didn’t realize PS had those views in the area. I’ve only been on the ground level, not up in the mountains. Beautiful.
Happy Birthday, Angelia…what a beautiful memory to have and I would like to wish you abundantly more of these precious moments.
Thank you for sharing your day with us. 🙂
Stunning sequence of photos, Angelia. Happy belated birthday, too! 🙂
Love your enthusiasm, your upbeat writing, and your beautiful photography!
A few years ago we went up on the aerial tramway to Mount San jancinto. It’s just as you describe it, and we loved the breathtaking views too. What a great way to spend your 40th birthday. Love your cheeky black bird visitor. 🙂
Love your attitude! Happiest of birthdays to you. We’re the same age.
Love it! I felt the the nature is embracing me with those wonderful shots! nice balance!
I like the black bird – and the balcony …
one living without any money – balcony look for sure very expensive …
Happy Belated Birthday! Just beautiful. I love me some mountains..yes I do : )
Indeed, a birthday to remember! And beautiful photos to make the memories last —
I had forgotten to wish you a happy birthday! Happy belated birthday!
I love your photography and am reblogging this link on my new reblog page.