I celebrated the world not ending by going with a friend for a soak in Hot Springs. Different tub than I usually get, but still right on the creek. The naturally warm water, piped up from underground, is heavenly on a cold morning.
A pair of pileated woodpeckers flew around the trees around the tub.
A fat squirrel appeared almost immediately. Apparently I'm not the only one who brings food to share. At first, he only took the peanuts I tossed to him.
After a while, though, he figured out how to open the plastic bag and help himself. He seemed to be taking the peanuts away to stash.
We drove around a bit up over the river.
And then a short walk before lunch.
Up in the mountains it had snowed overnight.
It was a gorgeous day, cool but sunny.
We tried to walk this trail, but ran into a little snag. We found another trail farther along that wasn't flooded out.
Not a bad day.
Well, I'm envious of your fab day. We had 8 inches of snow yesterday, so yeah, sucks to be me! Have a great rest of your weekend and a great holiday if you don't post again.ReplyDelete
Brrr. This is the first snow I've seen this year, and I'm already bracing for real winter to hit.Delete
Beautiful start to winter!! How cute with the squirrel being comfortable to take the nuts out of the plastic bag! Does seem like he was saving up "for a rainy day" with them too!! Have a Merry Christmas!ReplyDelete
I always wonder how squirrels remember where they've stashed their food, but I guess they have a system.Delete
nice...what a beautiful day...a soak in the hot tub sounds wonderful...though i def like the scenery on the walk...squirrels are the coolest as well...smiles.ReplyDelete
The soak was the best part - there's something about sitting in that warm water while the creek flows by that is wonderful.Delete
OMG...I wish I could have been there with you to experience this beeeautiful day!ReplyDelete
What GORGEOUS photos! Being a HUGE squirrel lover, I loved the ones of the furry little creatures!
If we don't speak before then, I want to wish you and your family a VERY Merry Christmas, my friend! It's been such a pleasure getting to know you through our blogs this past year. I look forward to sharing more in 2013!
And the same to you, Ron! I'm hoping for a good 2013 for all of us.Delete
Thanks for the peanuts.ReplyDelete
You're very welcome. Merry Christmas.Delete
Lovely pictures, esp. the creek. I have a friend who has a sauna he's built near a lake...they ski in, sit in the sauna, then roll in the snow. Not me.ReplyDelete
Sure you don't want some snow? Got lots.
Thanks. I wouldn't be inclined to roll in the snow either. And no! Keep it, please!Delete
Sounds like a perfect day to me!!!ReplyDelete
I wouldn't go that far, but it was nice.Delete
wow that sounds fantastic. I'd love to soak in hot springs on a chilled day. The photos are great! i love that vista of the mountains. Lucky you. I do love snow though, so I'm hoping we get lots more--like a couple feet. But that never happens.ReplyDelete
I ONLY like snow if I'm skiing on it.Delete
Beautiful scenery SAW. Happy Christmas to you and your family. xReplyDelete
Thanks, same to you!Delete
A soak in the Hot Springs - sounds great. I never tire of the amazing pics of your local landscapes. You live in a fabulous part of the country.ReplyDelete
The natural beauty here is probably the best thing about this place.Delete
Gorgeous. Now that's Christmas! Thanks for reminding me what I should be spending my vacation time doing -- hiking. Love your photographs; you have a great eye. I think I mean you are good at noticing what's beautiful. Happy holidays to you.ReplyDelete
Thank you. I try to make en effort to notice what's beautiful.Delete
Beautiful pictures. It looks so bright and clear, yet I can almost feel the chill in the air too.ReplyDelete
I bet the squirrels around there have learned to love the hot tub guests.
Definitely a chill in the air! But plenty warm in a jacket (and of course, in the water). And yes, I was thinking about how lucky those squirrels are!Delete