In order to improve my mood I went running - yes its therapy! One route I sometimes run is the tram road which is the location for an annual race that I have twice missed due to being unwell. Its only a short run - just 3.7 miles but it rises well over 2000ft from the desert floor to the tram base station. I have finished it in past training runs with final half mile killer incline but today was just for fun so I just ran half way! The real pleasure comes when you turn round to see the desert floor, roads streets and palm trees spread over in the distance below! Its a magic moment and I steel myself not to turn round until I've got as far as I intend to run.
|Actually the route UP which is deceptive as it dips at one point into a little gulley with a stream and lush vegetation that you can just see in the distance.|
|The view down to Palm Springs in the distance and the edge of the wind farm on the left|
|Encelia farinosa - brittlebush|
|Spaeralcea ambigua - desert mallow - this picture taken another year - not so much flower this morning!|
|Justicia californica - chuparosa|
Home, a shower and then out for brunch. Sunday brunch seems to be an American tradition, unmatched in the UK. Breakfast with a twist and usually accompanied by alcohol! Our own favourite is Bongo Johny's where they offer champagne or Mimosas (Buck's Fizz) for a $1 a glass - that's about 60p at the moment. Of course the 'champagne' has never been any where near France but EU rules don't count out here, so anything alcoholic with bubbles is champagne! Whatever, it has the right effect! Another thing I love about American restaurants is their flexibility. I fancied an omelet with bacon, avocado and Swiss cheese but not on the menu - 'No problem - you got it!' is the server's response! Good food and alcohol - both in moderation - solves a lot of problems! I'll pester the publishers another day!