The maples are in bloom here in Green Valley Lake
As it always does, fall started slowly, with scattered hints of reds and yellows...
Each sunrise brought colors slightly changed...
Beauty and more beauty with each passing day
Our neighbors to the east in Big Bear share in the glory of fall
And to the southwest, poplars glisten in Arrowbear, while a snowboard
sign reminds us of what is to come in mere weeks
An explosion of color
This is the scene just steps from our cabin
This tree seems to be lit from within
The maples seem to be on fire
And speaking of fire, this is, of course, peak fire season. We literally put a big "X" on the calendar as each fireless day passes. Adding to our concern, the government shutdown has closed our nearest and most well equipped National Forest Service fire station.
So, we're a bit anxious. But we're finding ways to distract ourselves.
Sandy prepares to ceremoniously split a gigantic fall squash
grown right here in our Green Valley Lake community garden
Another diversion: I've been sitting in with a local bluegrass/old-timey
band called "Grits 'n' Grady."
"Grits 'n' Grady" had an actual paying gig this past week
down in charming Oak Glen. What a treat!
But then...something crazy happened. Something miraculous...
Five inches of snow fell on October 9th!
This was a record: the earliest snowstorm in recorded history here on the mountain!
What a rare treat to see the greens, reds and yellows of fall
intermingled with the pristine white of the early winter snow
Definitely not something you see every day
The snow melted within a day or two, but that didn't stop
the kids from taking advantage of the situation:
Meet the newest Green Valley Lake mascot.
I like his spirit!
Happy Fall, everyone!