What We Did on Easter

Road Trip! - 3 mathematicians and 1 librarian

Road Trip! – 3 mathematicians and 1 librarian

In the time we’re in Los Angeles PB and I are sharing a house with the two Finns in the  picture above. Meet Sensei (on the left) and Snowboarder (our driver). They are both also attending the same series of workshops that brought PB and me here. Snowboarder is also our neighbour in Finland. So at the moment I am providing nourishment for three grown men. They are eating machines, which is awesome! I love to cook for them. I took it as a challenge to cook more than they can eat, but so far I’m losing most of the time.

On Friday we all decided to go on a short trip to:

Joshua Tree - In Joshua Tree National Prak

Joshua Tree – In Joshua Tree National Park

Someone had told PB that the Joshua trees were blooming, so we thought this was a pretty good time to go. On Saturday morning we rented a car and went off to the desert! I just love places like this:

Big, Flat, Empty - Even though there were lots of plants and other life

Big, Flat, Empty – Even though there were lots of plants and other life

The vastness and high sky are so soothing to me. I grew up right beside a mountain that went straight up in a wall about 300m high, so no views from there, and only half a sky. Therefore I enjoy having not a lot to look at for miles and miles. However, we did see a lot during our two day trip. For one, as I said, the Joshua trees were blooming:

Joshua Tree Flower - Quite yet spectacular

Joshua Tree Flower – Quiet yet spectacular

The trees were not the only ones displaying flowers. Everywhere you looked Spring was quietly going on:

Cactus Flowering - Don't ask me which type it is...

Cactus Flowers – Kind of odd but beautiful

Flowers in the Desert - Beautifully minimalistic

Flowers in the Desert – Beautifully minimalistic

I'd Call It Firebush - But that's just me

I’d Call It Firebush – But that’s just me

Not Blooming Yet Clolourful

Not Blooming Yet Clolourful

But we didn’t only look at flowers, we also had some sporty fun. All throughout the park there are those huge granite boulders that were calling out to the (rather sporty) Finns to be climbed. The granite had a great surface that was easy to climb even for me! Later we found out that the park is famous for bouldering and climbing.

View From Below - PB didn't climb up with us

View From Below – PB didn’t climb up with us

View From Above - Can you find PB?

View From Above – Can you find PB?

Apart from that we hiked to both Ryan Mountain and the Lost Horse Mine, as well as taking strolls through the Hidden Valley (excellent spot for serious climbing) and to Barker Dam.

Let Me Present to You: The Altitude of Mount Ryan!

Let Me Present to You: The Altitude of Mount Ryan!

What's Left of Lost Horse Mine

What’s Left of Lost Horse Mine

View From Barker Dam - Where's PB now?

View From Barker Dam – Where’s PB now?

Key's View - Easy to reach

Key’s View – Easy to reach by car

So the trend of doing outdoor physical activity seems to continue. And I’m not even in Finland! Maybe it’s being around Finns that is the cause of this strange behaviour… However, Sensei and Snowboarder seem to be very relaxed and easygoing, so we had a relaxed and easygoing week-end, just great for Easter! Even though we didn’t do the Easter beer hunt, I enjoyed myself immensely!

On a completely different note: I got lent a sewing machine! Yay! It’s a vintage Singer Featherweight and it sews beautifully. Finally I get what all the fuss is about! I am very tempted to take one home to Europe (If only it were compatible with the European voltage…)

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5 thoughts on “What We Did on Easter

  1. Wonderful pics – looks like you had a lot of fun! Too much sun for me, which makes it great that I can enjoy the beautiful pics you took from here. 😀 Its been sunny in Finland over Easter too… Soon you won’t be able to walk across the lake. 😦

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