Saturday, July 25, 2009

Yet Another Road Trip

It seems like all we've been doing all summer is driving on one road trip after another. We actually thought we were going to spend the entire month of July at home.......that is until our friend Rex asked us to take some stuff down to his his home in Cathedral City (next to Palm Springs) for him.

We picked up a U-Haul trailer on Thursday the 16th, loaded it up with stuff from his house here in Bend and took off the next morning for California.

Here's a shot of Mt. Shasta as we're driving down US 97. We thought it was hot when we left Bend, but we soon found out what hot feels like. It was 116 when we arrived at his place on Saturday afternoon. When we were driving back from dinner Saturday night it was still 105 at 9:00 at night. Now that's HOT!

We spent a little time on Sunday at the pool in his neighborhood.
Here's a shot of Rex outside his house in Cathedral City.
A view of the fountain and mountain as seen from his front yard.
We left early Monday morning and drove to Reno on highway 395, which runs along the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It was much prettier than I-5 and the road surface was actually better too.
This photo was taken from Lone Pine and somewhere up there is Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the U.S. outside of Alaska.
We stopped for lunch in Mammoth Lakes, which is a beautiful little tourist town nestled between the eastern entrances of Sequoia, Kings Canyon & Yosemite National Parks.

We drove up to check out a couple of the lakes outside town and here's a few photos we took there.
This photo is of Mono Lake which lies just outside Yosemite N.P. & south of Lake Tahoe. National attention was drawn to the lake in the 70's when tributaries to the lake were diverted to meet the growing demand of water for Los Angles.
More beautiful scenery along I-395.We broke up the trip home by stopping in Reno and spending the night with Patrick & Liisa. When we left their place last month after their wedding, we had no idea we'd be seeing them again so soon.
Kelly & Liisa after an early morning run.
We decided to drive home a different route from Reno this time. We took 395 to 31 to 97 home and really enjoyed the drive.

This shot is near Fort Rock on highway 31.

1 comment:

Meg said...

Wow, your pictures are so beautiful...I think I'm living on the wrong side of the country!