Cheers from Death Valley~
Cheers from Death Valley~
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~
The forest in late fall,
is emptied of people,
full of magical colors,
still and expectant.
Winter is coming!
Cheers to you from Sequoia in the fall~
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~
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~
The historic Mission Inn which occupies several blocks in downtown Riverside California is the largest Mission Revival building in the United States.
The Inn was built in 1902 by an engineer named Christopher Columbus Miller. His son Frank expanded his father’s original efforts, and added wings, rotundas, chapels, museums and galleries.
The building contains a mixture of Spanish Gothic, Moorish and Mediterranean revival architectural styles. There is a Spanish Wing, an Alhambra Wing, and flights of fancy everywhere you look.
Frank Miller traveled the world collecting museum quality treasures to fill the inn, including what some say is the oldest bell in in the new world dating from 1247.
There are two chapels on the property including the one pictured dedicated to St Francis of Assisi.
Louis Tiffany designed two of the mosaics in the chapel.
The Rotunda Wing features a five story open air staircase.
The rotunda tops a suite dedicated to the writer Anne Rice.
Presidents, world leaders, and many famous folk have stayed in the inn over its history and the inn has a presidential lounge dedicated to the many presidents who have stayed here.
The Inn began a period of slow decline in the 1960’s where ownership changed hands multiple times and bankruptcies occurred, eventually forcing the city of Riverside to purchase and close the property for eight and a half years. In 1992, The Historic Mission Inn Corporation purchased the property and reopened it in all its former glory.
I will show you more details and the interiors of this amazing building in my next post. Until then, cheers to you from The Mission Inn in Riverside California~
The sleepy beach town of San Juan del Sur Nicaragua has some awesome outdoor murals.
The murals are thirty meters in length,
And depict sea creatures native to Nicaragua.
The artist who painted them is Jose Mariano Quintero.
He also contributed murals to Nicaragua’s National Assembly.
The artist’s purpose in painting these murals was to depict the beauty of the ocean’s creatures,
And the need to protect their fragile home.
We are home at The Holler now, but it is cheers to you from peaceful San Juan del Sur~