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Appreciating Local Beauty

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

After I retired, I was often asked if I planned on traveling or doing something special. My husband and I are on a limited income, but we are comfortable. As much as I love the idea of traveling, we have both agreed that within an hour from our home, we have a wealth of resources and wonderful places to visit. (This is not to mention the places beyond an hour.) In one hour, I can be on a beautiful southern California beach. In an hour (or less), I can be hiking in Big Bear or Lake Arrowhead, the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains. In an hour, I can be in Palm Desert, Palm Springs or Indio. In an hour, I can be in Los Angeles and any place in the L.A. County. In and hour, I can be in Temecula Valley (and an hour beyond that San Diego!). In an hour, I can be in Morongo Valley, 29 Palms, and Joshua Tree National Park.

Today, we pack a Subway sandwich, some fruit, and water and drove an hour to Joshua Tree National Park. What an amazing geological, geographical area.....a miracle of nature. It has been some years since I have been there, but my hubby and I had such a wonderful day. We took a hike we were familiar with and ate our picnic lunch on the rocks along the way.

I know that we all live in areas that we forget to explore. It is practically free to visit our local wonders. I would love to take exotic vacations, but if it is not in the cards, I need not despair!!!! I am blessed with a world of wonder right in my own backyard.

It is like everything in life, happiness is within us and around us, if we choose to open our eyes and our hearts.



The Joshua Tree was named my the Mormon settlers in the 1800's who thought the tree looked like Joshua, arms upraised, leading them to the promised land.

Here's to our continued JOY, my Sparkfriends!!!
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  • CIRANDELLA
    What a thoughtful, unique blogger you are, Leslie! This Easterner is fascinated by those amazing trees :) Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts and experiences! Susan
    1892 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Lovely pictures. You do have much beauty right around you! You seem very happy in your retirement! Have a great weekend.

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    1898 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    Beautiful pictures! You're so blessed that you and your DH are in sync with how you want to spend your time together. I'm not hungering for an exotic vacation, still it would be nice to just out of my rut for a day. You're an inspiration!
    1900 days ago
  • SHARIBEAR2
    I love the pics of you Leslie. You radiate peace & joy...lovely. My daughter and her husband take the baby to Joshua Tree whenever they can. He's from up north, and has said he can't understand why people sneer about So. Cal. for the very reasons you stated here. So glad you and your husband can enjoy this together.
    1900 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    SUCH BEAUTY....... THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR DAY WITH US LESLIE........ IT SOUNDED SO PERFECT.......YOU DO HAVE SO MANY PLACES THAT ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO VISIT AND TAKE IN THE FRESH AIR ALONG WITH GETTING LOTS OF EXERCISE.. NOT TO MEANTION HOW GORGEOUS IT ALL IS.......... IT'S WONDERFUL..... I'VE NEVER TRAVELED BUT WOULD LOVE TO........ BUT LIKE YOU IT'S NOT IN THE CARDS AND I COULD NEVER AFFORD IT..... BUT WE HAVE BEAUTY ALL AROUND US....... WE MAKE OUR OWN.... I AGREE....... LIVE IS GREAT...... AND I'M HAPPY TO BE HEALTHY AND ABLE TO DO SO MANY THINGS......... BY THE WAY YOU LOOK FANTASTIC....... I LOVE THAT TREE.. emoticon
    1901 days ago
  • BETHGILLIGAN
    Leslie--You are in a wonderful location for retirement!!! We love the southern CA area but I have not been there in years. emoticon My husband is still working but we also will be able to live comfortably when he retires. But, limited travel, etc. That's OK with us. He travels a lot for his work and has been all over the country---he's had his fill. I have been fortunate to go to some of these places with him and we did great vacations when our kids were little. I, too, feel blessed to live in my area of the country. We can go to DC in about 30 minutes and most of the museums/attractions are free or minimum cost. To the west of us is skyline drive (part of Blue Ridge/Massanutten). Hiking, etc. Plus, all of the historical venues (Mt. Vernon, Harpers Ferry, etc) Not sure if I'll be able to get hubby to go to any of these (he can be a real homebody and loves his golf) but we have wonderful options, too. We are lucky women for sure!
    1901 days ago
  • MAESTRAPLANK12
    Okay, dear Leslie. I am now really getting excited about my friend Tami and I traveling to Palm Springs. I think we have found a perfect tour guide. You said you are familar with Palm Springs, but look at the other possibilities! WooHoo! I will keep you posted, dear SparkFriend about our upcoming visit. We also love concerts and musicals.

    The pics are so very very beautiful. Nature is such a gift from God. These pics are so different from the Northwest flora ....but with our bountiful rain...we are EVERGREEN! Thanks for sharing this beauty and reminding us where happiness is found. emoticon
    1901 days ago

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  • GETFIT2LIVE
    The Southern California area has so many places to see within a short drive, I agree! We loved visiting Joshua Tree National Monument in the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom. The desert is beautiful any time of year, but it's breathtaking when the wildflowers are in full bloom.
    1901 days ago
  • RUNNER12COM
    Joshua Tree is one of my husband's favorite places, and it was the first place he ever taught me to rock-climb. Love it out there!
    1901 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    Wow- you do live in a wonderful part of the world!
    I love my home, too- although it's the ocean that makes it so special.
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  • TRAVELGRRL
    What a great blog! I could NOT agree with you more about "happiness". I was doing an exercise today on positive thinking that asked "What material thing would you wish for if money was no object?" And truthfully, I could think of NOTHING. My needs are simple!

    However, I DO love to travel and can't wait until next year, when (hopefully) we'll be traveling through California. Your pictures are AMAZING!
    1901 days ago
  • TEALHAWK
    thanks for sharing
    1901 days ago
  • GERARLAUR
    enjoyed reading. thanks for sharing.
    1901 days ago
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