Friday, June 5, 2009

Art and travels back to Bend, Oregon

We packed up the house with our things and all my paintings and art supplies, got the dogs all settled in and headed North. We had a great trip traveling back up the Baja and California!

We stayed in a charming little hotel in Loreto called La Damiana Inn. It is right downtown and the hostess was so friendly! We got to have the dogs in our room too which is always a plus. There were lots of beautiful artwork throughout the Inn and highspeed internet in a cozy seating area with lots of cool books to browse through.

The next day we found an amazing beach called Playa Escondida to camp at.

It had beautiful views!

It's located between Loreto and Mulege on the Bahia Concepcion. It is usually full of RVers in the winter months but for us it was deserted. We piched our tent and hung out in a Palapa shack and stayed for 3 days! Just 7 dollars a night.

It was very fun. We kayaked.

The snorkeling and swimming were fantastic.

I got some inspiring shots of Crows for future paintings.

I made a seashell mobile to hang under the palapa. We decorated with feathers and seashell art and hung the mobile up. We left our art in the palapa when we left to inspire others.
We then left and stopped in Mulege for lunch. It is a sweet little town too. Continuing on....

Cactus were flowering in the desert.

The skies turned gray and it got a lot colder when we hit Guerrero Negro. We missed the sunshine and our deserted beach! We got a flat tire which slowed us up for a bit. But we ventured on toward the border crossing. We got a bit turned around in Tijuana. We were headed toward the Otay Mesa crossing because we heard it didn't take as long. After a few wrong turns we found it! We were about an hour in line and crossed with no problems.

In San Diego, we stayed at our friends Randy and Gloria's place and had a nice visit and went out to dinner with them. Although one of Greg's bags was missing and we think it got stolen off the truck while we were at dinner.

The next day we traveled up California. The weather was cloudy with sunshine in spots.

We found a beautiful camp spot in Northern California with a mountain view. Then on to Tahoe the next day.

We stopped for a picnic lunch on the shore of Lake Tahoe and let the dogs out to play. It was gorgeous but a little too cold to go for a swim although the water was beautiful and clear! Next we stopped at one of Greg's favorite spots called Steamers Restaurant in Kings Beach and Greg gave me a tour of some of the neighborhoods. Then we went to Truckee and camped out. Greg showed me where he used to live and the next day we played tourist in downtown Truckee and went to the local Museum and learned the story about the Donner Party. We drove way up high into the mountains to see some gorgeous views of the town and surrounding area! The next day we drove to Klamath Falls and spent the night. And the following day we arrived home, sweet, home! With the grass a foot tall and our house a bit chaotic from moving, there was a lot to do to get organized. It's been cloudy and rainy since we've been back in Bend but it sure feels nice to be home!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sending these. I especially loved seeing the shot of the Sierra Mountains and dreaming of more travel! Sue Scott

Lindy Gruger Hanson said...

Yes, the mountains were just beautiful! We loved our camp spot!