For less-wordy Wednesday, I thought I'd share some photos from a little getaway trip we did last week. We went to Desert Hot Springs/Palm Springs for a few days and did three days of hiking on some of The Wildlands Conservancy trails.
One day we went to the Mission Creek Preserve:
And the other 2 days we went to White Water.
Both are great spots to hike with your dog. There's no fee to get in, and there are bathrooms and picnic tables (although you have to hike about 1.5 miles to get to them at Mission Creek), and - best of all in Rita's opinion - there are streams to plunk down in when you get hot!
She'll plunk down as soon as she gets a chance:
Here she was just kind of laying in the water:
The valley floor was covered with yellow and white blossoms.
The cactus* were blooming. (*This should probably technically say "the cacti were blooming" but that sounds weird/snooty, no?)
And there were lots of delicate, beautiful little flowers everywhere.
In most spots, the river/streams weren't running this fast, but Rita was a little worried about Daddy at this crossing.
We climbed up one of the hills the last day. It's hard to get the perspective from this shot, but next to the PoochSmooches watermark, you can see the river way down below.
This picture is kind of fun showing the cactus in the foreground and the snow capped peak in the background.
Thanks for coming along on our hike with us!
thanks to BlogPaws for hosting!
Just beautiful! Jason rescheduled our Palm Springs area trip that was supposed to begin tomorrow for the fall so I am glad I got to see some cactus blosoms anyways! And I love the water laying. My second husky, Katie, used to plunk herself down in water like that.ReplyDelete
This is our second time going there in the spring. Fall should be lovely too!Delete
Your pictures are great!! We live in AZ and the desert flowers and cactus blooming this time of year are so beautiful!ReplyDelete
It was nice that we got a bit of rain earlier this year so the flowers could bloom. When we went a few years ago in March, there weren't nearly as many flowers!Delete
We would have loved to come on that hike with you all! It looks amazing, really wished we lived close to somewhere like that, the dogs would love it. Loved the pics of Rita "plunking" herself down....a girl's got to rest, wherever that may be!ReplyDelete
She's so funny with that - she'll just walk in and immediately lay down. :)Delete
Beautiful and love the water along the way to cool off in!ReplyDelete
Yes, Rita thinks hikes with water are the best kind!Delete
Oh, you're making me home sick. I grew up about an hour from Palm Springs. Thanks for the pictures. People don't realize how pretty the high desert can be.ReplyDelete
Oh, I didn't realize you grew up out this way. Yes, the high desert can be quite lovely!Delete
What a lovely hike. Looks like Rita really enjoyed plunking herself down in the streams. I bet you felt like joining her!ReplyDelete
--Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats
I was SO tempted to rip my boots off and jump in with her!Delete
Looks lovely. And that stream looked very refreshing!ReplyDelete
It must have been cold because she didn't put her tummy in in some places.Delete
What a beautiful place!ReplyDelete
It's one of our new fave hiking spots!Delete
Looks like you had a lovely time! Happy #WWReplyDelete
We did! Thanks for stopping by!Delete
Looks lovely and the stream must be a welcome addition. Have a wonderful Wednesday.ReplyDelete
Best wishes Molly.
Yes, Rita thinks a stream (or river or whatever) is always a welcome addition to a hike!Delete
Thanks for sharing these with us. I would love to be able to take the boys hiking in such beauty as this. You are blessed!ReplyDelete
We are very lucky indeed! It's a little ways from our house, but not too far. We might try to start going there at least once a year each spring.Delete
Looks like a great few days!ReplyDelete
It was really nice! Plus Palm Springs has lots of nice restaurants and shops so you get the best of both worlds.Delete
That looks like a great spot to go. I'll have to add that to my ever growing list.ReplyDelete
yes! You'd love it there! And so would Roxy and Torrey!Delete
Wow, what gorgeous scenery and photographs. It looks like you had a wonderful time. I hope Rita didn't prick her nose on a cactus smelling those pretty flowers ;-)ReplyDelete
Heehee - I was worried about that! She did get a bit close to a cactus at one point! (no pun intended...) But luckily most of the trails are nice and wide and she seemed to realize she should steer clear!Delete
What a beautiful place!!!!! That field of flowers sighReplyDelete
It was even prettier in real life!Delete
That looks like it was really fun. I love going for walks. Stopping to say hello from the hop, hope you will come overReplyDelete
A Happy Havanese
It was really fun! Thanks for stopping by!Delete
We took this hike a couple of years ago, so thanks for the memories.ReplyDelete
Oh, that's cool that you've been there before. I should have posted the pics of the stone cabin too - it made for a nice spot to cool off mid-way through our hike.Delete
I loved your hike impressions! 3 days of it sure does sound like paradise to my ears :-)ReplyDelete
It was a lovely little getaway!Delete
Gosh its beautiful there! We won't have cactus blooms until June here.ReplyDelete
I was afraid we'd miss the best of them here - we get them early!Delete
what a beautiful place(s) and pictures.ReplyDelete
Not bad for just having my little phone, eh? But I had to delete a lot of them - I find it hard to see if the pic is good or not when you're on the fly. Then get home and look at them BIG on the computer and discover a ton of them are blurry! (It was breezy there, so a lot of my close-up attempts didn't come out!)Delete
Wonderful hiking photographs. Plus taken on the trail with your little mobile phone?ReplyDelete
I love them. Through your photos I feel I've had a mini-vacation too.
Oh, glad to provide the mini-vaca service! (You should see ALL the photos I deleted. Taken on the trail w/ my little mobile phone wasn't the greatest idea, but it got the job done in the end!)Delete
What a gorgeous hike! Beautiful wildflowers. Good thing you had a cool stream to lay in to get relief from the desert heat!ReplyDelete
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them
Yes, the stream made it ideal! And at least we missed the really extreme heat. It was "only" mid-80s. My friend went to AZ over the same time and it was mid-90s there!Delete
Lovely hike. The scenery is so different from ours!ReplyDelete
Everything's so lush and green where you are! Jealous.Delete
Beautiful!! I love how Rita likes down in the water to cool off....Cricket does that too.ReplyDelete
Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets
Very nice! Sampson plunks down in the water too, he's not much for swimming.ReplyDelete