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Oasis Reflected~

In the stark desert landscape,

The Inn at Death Valley

is an oasis

transforming the desert

into a tropical paradise

bursting with life.

Cheers to you from The Oasis at Death Valley~

Note: The Oasis Inn at Death Valley was built in 1927.

Merry Christmas to You From Our Small & Wonderful World~

St Petersburg Russia

Strasbourg France

Santorini Greece

Melk Austria

Nuremberg Germany

Lisbon Portugal

Dubrovonik Croatia

Prague Czech Republic

Cinque Terra Italy

Budapest Hungary

And Merry Christmas to you, from me, at The Holler~

(Photos: C.Knoke)

Forever Fall~

Photos capture,

forever fall.

The Snow Queen,

kept from creeping in.

The forest basks in perpetual sun,

and shows her full fall finery.

Snow is blanketing the Sierra now, but cheers to you from Sequoia in the fall~

Cabin by the Lake~

Lake Isabella is at the southern terminus of The Sierra Nevada Mountain range in California.


The drive to the lake from Southern California takes you through the Mojave Desert where the distinctive Joshua Trees grow enmass at higher elevations.

This was our wonderful rental cabin near the lake.

Lake Isabella is in the high desert at the confluence of the north and south forks of the beautiful Kern River.

The lake sits at the southern entrance to Sequoia National Forest allowing access to both the eastern and western Sierra.

Lake Isabella is especially peaceful and empty in late fall. Cheers to you from scenic Lake Isabella~

Inner Inn (Pt. II)

The Mission Inn in Riverside California, built over a sixty year period beginning in 1876, is a living museum full of priceless art and antiquities. It has two onsite chapels, one is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi and has glass works designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1906 for a chapel in New York.

Many Della Robbia style ceramics from Italy,

are on stunning display throughout the property.

The Inn is a National Historic Landmark which you can tour on your own or with a docent. The art and artifacts overflow the spacious Inn and there is a museum with more art across the street that can also be toured.

Ten US presidents have visited The Inn,

and there is a presidential lounge dedicated to them.

The mission style interiors are comfortable and spacious, but the most amazing spaces for me are all the inner courtyards which are like beautiful outdoor rooms full of whimsical artwork and constant surprises.

Exploring is great fun as everywhere you look you find precious art and artifacts.

The clock tower has a glockenspiel with full size rotating figurines that is a replica of the original built in Nuremberg Germany in 1709.

The Inn has over 400 antique bells. One from Nanjing China dates from 1247 and is the oldest bell in Christendom.

Cheers to you from the fascinating and fun Mission Inn in Riverside California~