Well happy New Years Eve, all. Or for some, you’re already in 2019 and that’s just weird. Time is weird though, so what’s new. Yesterday I didn’t write because I was hiking, which was cool. Today the kids leave for Lake Arrowhead…I will follow them tomorrow, when the wind gusts will kick up to 45 mph, so that will be a fun drive. Plus really cold up there for people who don’t own puffy coats. I have fleece. That’s it. Fleece and Uggs. Prepare to freeze.
It will be fine. I’m looking forward to some artmaking time today, but also to a diabetes educator appointment. My insulin isn’t working right. Or I’m not working right, which is more likely. So I got a last-minute appointment to go in. Apparently no one wants to go to the nurse on NYE, but me…I’m OK with that. I’d rather deal with it now than try to fit it in during school. It’s so difficult to get appointments of any kind around my job. Frustrating. So maybe we can figure out WTF is going on with my body as part of the new year.
But yesterday, we hiked to Eagle Rock, which is on part of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). I’ve been there a few times, and it’s a relatively easy hike, but not super short…I think we did 6 1/2 miles.
First we drove way the freak out to Warner Springs…
It was chilly at first, but exercise warmed us up enough to shed the outer layers, even in the shade of the oaks…
It was a beautiful clear day, no wind, just a bit of a breeze…welcome as we got out into the flat areas…
I call this hike mostly flat. My hiking partner did not agree. I think I just forget about the hills after I hike them.
There were a lot of people out there, but not too many. Most of them had dogs.
Ah! There’s the eagle in Eagle Rock…and my partner, glad to be halfway. When we started dating, he had written that he liked to hike…
I’m not sure he and I agree on what hiking is…but he’s a good sport about it. Here’s the view of the valley from the rock formation.
The hard rocks that survived erosion over the years…
Proof I was there!
The last time I hiked this was May 2014…more flowers then. More water too, strangely.
There’s this place in Ramona that looks like a total dive from the outside, but is pretty hip on the inside, so we stopped for some food and a drink before driving all the way home.
Came back to lounging tiredly around post-hike, with puppy, who did no hike at all…
He ran around a lot in the morning.
I took a long time to draw this…just tired, I guess.
Yes, that’s T. rex as a spirit animal.
Girlchild eventually showed up again.
Puppy likes her. Although I think he slept on everybody. I haven’t seen the kid much…friends in town.
I finally started cutting out, but late…
It was an Avengers night…but it doesn’t look like I got much done.
Seriously, that’s three hours of cutting. Sheesh.
This is what’s left. A lot.
I’ll do some of that tonight. I’m not a fan of big NYE partying. We have errands to do today and I have that collaboration piece I need to get done by next Sunday, so I should get going on that today. I’ll go to Arrowhead tomorrow with all my crap that needs doing, hang out with the kids etc. for a few days, and head back to face the fact that I’m going back to work. Stressful. Oh well. I had time off…I still have almost a week. Use it wisely.