Thursday, February 27, 2014

Painted Canyon…

On Tuesday we decided to hike the Painted Canyon which is about a 45 minute drive from Palm Springs.  I was actually excited about going as we haven’t hiked nearly as much as last year. 

Our dog, Molly is getting old…and has a collapsing trachea.  After our last hike up the mountain behind Palm Springs, Molly was wheezing and coughing like crazy and I find those inverted sneezes down right scary!  So I take the dogs for a good walk everyday but nothing gruelling.

This is the entrance to the Canyon…during the whole hike you are sandwiched between two mountain walls…really spectacular!


Sandy came with us…here we are checking out the wild flowers…yes we were surprised to find a few growing against the mountain.  Like the flowers, notice how we stick to the shade too! 


At the end of our hike this is what you find…ladders going up the crevice.  At the top of each ladder there is a small flat room with another ladder going up…


More adventurous hikers, without dogs, would consider this the BEGINNING of their hike.  The ladders take you up the mountain to a path that takes you to another set of ladders that take you down to another part of the canyon and back out to the parking lot.


Here’s Sandy checking out the first room…she agreed that it looked pretty cool!


All in all, it was a great hike…took us an hour and a half, which was just right as it was a hot day!  The dogs loved it…they haven’t been off leash for a long time and went wild running up and down the path…even Molly!!

Nothing quilty to show you today…BUT… TEN of the the Clubhouse Quilters are piling into two vehicles and heading down the Freeway…to EIGHT Quilt Shops (six today, two tomorrow)!!  It’s our ANNUAL Spring Fling Shop Hop!!  Yup, this Snowbirding is just one lonnnnng Quilting Retreat…shhhh… don’t tell hubby that!  He thinks we’re RVing!!

Have thrilling Thursday and Happy Stitching!~P


  1. Good Morning! ;-) I can't wait to see all of your new quilt finds. I don't get out to see many places so it is always so fun to see what is so close. Your pics of your hike were so nice. Glad your pups enjoyed it too! Have a great day! Hugs

  2. I must say I am really impressed. Very stunning pictures! Greetings.

  3. If you are going to take a quilting break then this is the perfect way to spend the day. Really beautiful area and fun hiking.


  4. What a great hike, my husband and standard poodles would love it. One girl would have to stay home, she has chronic bronchitis and does those backward sneezes too. I'm surprised you did not encounter other hikers, how nice.

  5. What a wonderful hike, if it wasn't too hot. Would be fun to climb the ladders. Do you ever have to worry about snakes?

  6. I've always thought of that hike as "ladders". Definitely a fun hike. Just wish I could have gone with you! :(


  7. What a interesting looking canyon! A couple of your photos remind me of the old, very old cowboy western movie backdrops. Unusual ladder arrangement.
    And who says you can't combine RVing with quilt shop hopping? :-)

  8. Spectacular! What a great adventure.