Autumnal Equinox

Fall 3

Last Saturday was the official start of fall. I love fall. I love the cooler temperatures, the colors, the promise of winter, bonfires, and just about everything about it. Here in Las Vegas fall has not arrived yet. Yesterday we had temperatures in the upper 90’s, and I spent time in the pool, like I’ve done most days lately. It does looks like we have cooler temperatures ahead of us, that makes me very excited!!

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Since I haven’t seen any fall colors yet, I’m choosing to share some fall photos from previous years. The first photo is taken at the 80 acres ranch I leased when my daughter was  baby. That’s my favorite horse Trigger, with a rescue alpaca. That alpaca was the youngest of the four I adopted, and he was constantly picked on by the others. Trigger adopted that alpaca, and defended him viciously.

The second photo is from last fall, and a road trip I took with my daughter, and my dog. We stayed at Harrah’s in Reno for a couple days. (A great hotel to stay at if you’re traveling with a dog. I’ve stayed there probably 20 times…or more.)The photo is taken close to the hotel. It was a wonderful road trip, we did some shorter hikes in Tahoe National Forest, around Bocca Reservoir (Truckee,) and at the Virginia Range outside Reno.

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The last photo is from one of the hikes at the Virginia Range. The reason I like to go there a few times a year, is to see some beautiful mustangs. The mustangs there have amazing colors, and markings. I’ve enjoyed watching them play on that range for the past 6 years. Lots of fun!

How is your fall? Are you surrounded by amazing fall colors? I hope it is everything you wish for!

Love,

Ms Zen

SUNDAY STILLS: CAN YOU CAPTURE THE #WIND?

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I love watching wild horses play in Nevada. I took these photos at the Virginia Range, on a very windy day.

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I actually watched these two young ones for a couple hours. They moved around some, but they stayed close to each other the whole time. It was like they were in their own universe, safe from the harsh elements of the outside world.

When God wanted to create the horse, he said to the South Wind, ‘I want to make a creature of you.  Condense.’ And the Wind condensed.

Emir Abd-el-Kader

 

 What are you up to this beautiful Sunday? Maybe you should make your own entry to the Sunday Still Challenge? 😉 Enjoy your day!

 

Love,

Ms Zen

SUNDAY STILLS: #SUMMER = Hiking!

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There’s no joking around, summer’s are made for hiking! You knew that, right? One of my favorite places to go hiking in the summer is in Lassen Volcanic National Park. If you’ve been here before, you knew that as well, since I go there all the time. How can I not? It’s close by, and SO amazing.

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Yesterday we hiked to Mill Creek Falls. At a majestic 70ft, it’s the biggest waterfall in the park. Somehow I have missed this hike. I’ve been thinking of going to this fall more than once, but been persuaded to go on other hikes. Yesterday I finally got to see it. It was amazing. The fall was extraordinary, and so was the hike there. The wild flowers along the trail are exquisite.

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The yellow flower above, is a mule’s ear. The vegetation covering the ground next to the trail below, is all thousands of mule’s ear, growing together. I’m estimating that along 1,5 mile of the trail, the sides were covered with massive amounts of mule’s ear (like in the photo.)

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Mill Creek Falls Trail is another out -and back trail, totaling 3.8 miles. It’s not difficult, I believe it’s rated moderate. It was in the 80’s yesterday, and because of the coming 4th of July holiday, there was lots of tourists visiting, many having some problems with “the heat”. (I live in the valley, one hour away, and it was 107 there..) The trail actually offers plenty of shade, but warm summer temperatures should be considered when you’re planning this hike of course. We did not see any bears, but there are bears in this area. I talked to a girl that had seen one there the day before.

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The fall was even more magnificent than I could of imagined. One of my friends claims that we have 80 waterfall, within 1,5 hour drive. I’m not sure if that’s correct, I could only think about 20, or so. In the end we agreed that we are blessed with many amazing waterfalls. Mill Creek Falls is definitely in my top ten now.

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If you continued a little further on the trail, after the fall, you would see a bridge on the left side of the fall. We walked over, and had a picnic lunch above the fall.

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I cooled my feet in the creek, while eating my salad. It was really nice to sit down in the shade.

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The view from the top of the fall.

It’s impossible to feel anything other than immense gratitude when hiking in this park. The views make you grateful to just be alive, and able to hike these amazing trails.

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The shade in the forested parts of the trail was appreciated.

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I hope you enjoyed my take on Sunday Still; Summer

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Until next time –

Love,

Ms Zen