John & Anne Wiley

2014/02/05

Forever New

The places we can easily reach from SB in Tripp are forever new. Today we flew our dear NYC friends to their conference in Palm Springs. Though we’ve taken this route through LA several times, it was new again today. Especially as they enjoyed the Hollywood sign for their first time from this perspective.

1641 New Hollywood

1641 New Hollywood

But new for all of us today is a place I’ve wanted to visit for several decades but just never seemed to find the opportunity. After they picked up the rental car for their time at the conference, we all drove out with a picnic lunch to explore my suggested destination: Indian Canyons. All I can say is, “Wow.”

1665 Andreas Canyon Rocks

1665 Andreas Canyon Rocks

Right at the parking lot for the Andreas Canyon Trail stands this giant enchanted rock outcrop at least 100′ tall (click for the larger version and check out the tall palm tree at the bottom left). The sheer Presence of this sculpted form evokes a hushed awe from the tourists stepping out of their cars where I snapped this. One of the large forms takes on an even more special power as you stroll the first few steps up the gentle slope of the creekside trail.

1696 Proud Monument

1696 Proud Monument

This proud monument to nature towers above you inspiring both humility and a sense of safety in a serene pause at its feet. Turning back to your own feet, you are greeted by the playful splash of the cold creek rushing over stones to beckon you up into the refreshing breeze it creates in this oasis from our extreme drought.

1723 Miraculous Creek

1723 Miraculous Creek

Though it looks still in this shot, the water is moving briskly and wide to provide a musical ambiance to the magic of so much pure water in such a miraculous exception winding through a thirsty land. A few steps further before the approaching dusk wrenched our thoughts to the flight home before dark, we glanced up at this large cave in the jumble of enormous boulders that guard the right bank.

1732 High Cave

1732 High Cave

We yearn to return and invest some days stepping back into the enchanted realm of these oasis trails.

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