Saturday, October 17, 2009

What a view!





**I realized after I was done...that I had forgot the friendship bridge photos above. Isn't it neat??

I took a walk with a friend this week up Mt. Rubidoux. This mountain is north of downtown Riverside, CA and has been said that the first sunrise service was held on this mountain in 1909. It would be an awesome place to see a sunrise or a sunset. I have wanted to walk this mountain and never found anyone willing to do it with me until recently. My friend has been doing it for a long time and now it seems that a lot of people have been walking this mountain for years. It has a cross and a flag at the top of it and a peace tower and a friendship bridge. So enjoy my walk up this wonderful historic mountain. The sky was so clear and the views were amazing on Friday.

This bridge is about half way up the mountain and to the right you wind around to the path on the way down.

Starting our walk at the bottom you see the peace tower and the cross.

Looking northwest towards Los Angeles and Pasadena. We don't usually have this great view due to the smog...it was amazing to see so far!

This road was recently paved to preserve the trail because so many use this mountain for exercise or just to get away for a short time. It's really calming to walk up this mountain although it's a workout. My heart was beating a bit faster than it usually does.

A peek of downtown Riverside from the west side of the mountain.

Looking up at the cross.

Coming around another bend.

This is where the Easter sunrise services are still held each year. Thousands of people walk up here to enjoy the view and the service. Must be amazing!

Looking at downtown and beyond!

Starting our decent we still see the cross.

I thought this lone plant was interesting growing off the side of the mountain.

On our way out of the neighborhood near the mountain we spotted this mama racoon and her three babies trying to get over this wall. She could get up and kept going up and down trying to show her babies how to do it or trying to decide how she was going to get her babies to follow her up and over the wall...Just another reminder of God and his wonderful world he made for all of us. What a great way to start my day! Thanks Evie for sharing Mt. Rubidoux with me.

6 comments:

Love Being a Nonny said...

WOW!!! That best describes all those pictures...WOW!

Tonja said...

That looks like the kind of place you could go again and again and again. What a pleasant way to get exercise, and enjoy nature at the same time!

Joyce said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing.

Kelley said...

Those are just beautiful pictures! I have some cousins that live in Riverside. I hope they have been to this!

Nina Diane said...

just beautiful...thanks so much for sharing those. Such a different landscape from what we have out here on the east coast.

Connie said...

I know Diane...such a different landscape especially since we've had so little rain the last 3-4 years. It's pretty in it's own way!

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