Over the Hill

Good morning to you, where ever in the world you may be. Summer does not officially begin till June 20, 2020 but here in the Coachella Valley, it has felt like summer for the last month as temperaments and temperatures were getting heated. Yesterday, we took a break from the world and took a drive to Idyllwild, California to pick up a new green screen set up. When Hubby had first told me about it, I thought it was too good to be true for the price that it was listed at because I have been patiently waiting till I could afford one. Glad I waited! This one was in the box, unopened and 1/4 of the prices I had seen. It was worth that scary, mountain drive. I am excited and can’t wait to use the green screen as it will make cutting out items easier when I am creating new pictures. Oh yeah! Thank you kind lady that sold me the set! Patience really is a virtue.

Earlier in the day, we watched a little of a bootleg Led Zepplin DVD. It was recorded around 1979. Honestly, I was busy at my computer while Hubby watched. Hubby mentioned that Jimmy Page was going to pull out the Dan Electro so I left the computer and went and sat in front of the TV. That is when I intently watched John Bonham drum as I really had never just focused on any one of the musicians as I have only seen them perform from past concert footage. Mr. Bonham was proof, that bigger, doesn’t always mean better as he played a small kit but he made it sound like one of those huge, drum sets like Neil Peart , drummer for the band Rush, played. Press play and check out that master of the drumsticks.

Mr. Bonham was larger than life and looked like a giant behind that set.

We enjoyed Led Zeppelin and lots of classic rock on those 80ish miles round trip. Music sure makes our road trips enjoyable. I would sing out a little when I was scared or tap my fingers to the beat to take my mind off the road.

The last time we had been to Idyllwild was just after the 2018 Cranston fires that burned the mountain and areas around Idyllwild as Hubby played with the Ghosts of Kelso at the Idyllwild Brewpub. Back then, Hubby would drive home after they played and it was dark and scary no matter which route you took, the 74 or 243. The night skies though, they were clear and the stars were so brilliant. I swear I saw the Milky Way one of those nights. We did however see lots of wildlife like owls and coyotes and lots of jack rabbits. Really though, I am not missing those drives, no not me. That deal, though, was just too good to pass up. So, unless another good deal like that happens, that was probably my last time going to Idyllwild.

Our adventure began around 2 PM and the temps were around 100 F degrees. I was a little apprehensive about the drive but happily looked forward to the adventure and the scenic drive. My camera didn’t come out much as I just wanted to enjoy the ride through the Santa Rosa Mountains as I have taken plenty of photos on previous trips. We arrived in Idyllwild at our appointed meeting place, around 3:15 PM. The return trip home started shortly thereafter. The town of Idyllwild was busy with tourists. I didn’t want to explore as most of the people we observed were not wearing a mask. The numbers are on the rise again and I would rather be over cautious then not. Someone’s life could depend on it.

During the trip home, Hubby pulled the car over near a bulldozer on the side of the road so I could snap a few pics. (I looooove heavy equipment!!!) I also snapped a few of the landscape as it was quite lovely.

I thought Hubby was joking around when I asked him if we could stop so I could relieve myself. He said, sure when we get to the Pit Stop. I had know idea there was a new gas station along the route named, The Pit Stop. If you travel that way and you need gas or to stop, try it out, it was quite clean and the gas was inexpensive. I am disabled and good bathrooms can make or break a trip, literally. The Pit Stop did not disappoint and gets my thumbs up for accessibility.

Our whole trip, including lunch, was three hours. Really though, it seemed like the first and last 15 miles take the longest as the road is curvy and steep. Many cars passed us and I thought to myself, they must be locals as they whizzed by. We were one of those cars that kept pulling to the side to let people pass. Kindness can be passed along in so many places, right. After we passed Vista Point, I started to get excited as I knew we only had about 10 more minutes of mountain roads. I definetly recommend the trip, though, at least once.

Thank you, dear reader for the visit. May your Monday feel like a Friday before a long weekend. Hugs to you and you and you!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. morishige says:


    What a coincidence, on my post about Singapore, I wrote about a small street named Bonham. I wonder if he was one of the great great grandfather or -uncle of John Bonham. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Bonham is a legend. It’s not hard to find skilled musicians, but it’s not easy to find skilled musicians who play with heart.

    Thanks for taking us on a virtual trip over the hill. I really ejoyed it. ๐Ÿ˜€ By the way, is the road always empty like that or it’s just because of this you-know-what?

    Congrats on having the green screen set up. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Have a great day! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Oooh. Cool, I will check out your post ๐Ÿ™‚ Hmmm? I still think Jimmy Page looks a little Japanese, just saying. Yes, Bonham is a legend. I just had no idea how good he was and his faces convey how much he liked playing. It is so sad that he died do young. Yeah, playing with heart definitely adds to musical quality.

      Glad you liked it! I love the trip as soon as we are on flat road! The road is very scary. If you ever make it to California, you will have to check it out ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, the road is always empty like that. Actually, there were more people on the road that Sunday but I try not to get cars in my shots.

      You have a great day! Be well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. morishige says:

        That’s why Jimmy Sakurai looks like his kid brother! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yeah, so sad that he didn’t make it to see Led Zeppelin was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But now Zeppelin’s drummer is his kid, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜€

        Wow, cool. It must be nice driving on that empty road. Will definitely do if I ever make it to the States. ๐Ÿ˜€ There’s so many roads I want to travel….. I want to sing the song Route 66 on the Route 66. ๐Ÿ˜€

        Have a great day too! Stay safe ๐Ÿ˜€

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      2. Yeah, I still think there is a connection there somewhere. Hmmm still maybe a story or fantasy…ha ha. the Jimmy and Jimmy connection…Yeah, Jason is an awesome drummer as well. We have seen him a few times. Here is Jason a few years ago with a JBLZ.

        I recorded that from my seat which was 9 rows from the stage. It was awesome!!! I wanted to see midget wrestlers that night but we went to see this show instead and glad we did!

        Yes, empty roads are the best and so hard to come by in the metropolitan areas. Here in the CV we have plenty of wide open spaces. You will do it and when you do I can’t wait to see the pictures and hear about it! Hopefully you make a pit stop on route 66 for some pie at an old Grama’s house ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Be well and stay safe ๐Ÿ™‚

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      3. morishige says:

        And you know what, the two Jimmies have met in Tokyo in 2012. (I just found it on YouTube :D)

        No way! You saw him drumming?

        Will do. And perhaps do some ukulele jamming with you and your hubby. ๐Ÿ˜€

        Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      4. They did?!? Oh wow! I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall and have been able to silently observe them together. Wow! That must have been something!

        Yes, I video taped him drumming several times and have several photos of him. Yes, we have to make that happen a uke jam and then we can throw fire into the water! ha ha!!

        Peace be with you and Madam ๐Ÿ™‚

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      5. morishige says:

        Yes, they did! The YouTube algorithm led me to the video ๐Ÿ˜€ Both of them shared the excitement ๐Ÿ˜€

        Please don’t ever lose the videos ๐Ÿ˜€ I believe someday many of your videos will be featured on music documentaries. ๐Ÿ˜€

        Peace be with you and your hubby too ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Oh. I will check it out. All I have to do is google it!! I love youtube, though, I sometimes watch it like TV.
    I have many videos on youtube. As long as no one takes them down, they will be there forever ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again, for always being so nice. ๐Ÿ™‚


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