As I mashed the pedals to climb the hills, I told Evie to repeat, "Faster Daddy! Faster!" And she whooped and hollered on the descents, until she fell asleep. She enjoyed seeing the planes take off overhead at the airport and racing the trains. It was a fun afternoon even though it was a lot of work.
We even got a pleasant surprise on top of the rims. The Yucca were in full bloom, and for this child of the desert, those muted flowers were beautiful. I have to admit, I'd seen these tiny yucca plants for years but didn't realize what they actually were until they bloomed. The yucca of the Mojave sometimes grow to over six feet tall with the flower stem rising far above that. After having been removed from the Mojave for almost twenty years, these little dwarfed yucca (soapweed yucca) were a welcome site. I wonder if I can get a few for my yard.
In all, Evie and I logged in 18 miles and probably climbed about 400 feet. It was a good little ride for a Friday afternoon, especially since I had to peel myself off the coach after a day's work.
|She tried so hard to stay awake|
|Yucca plant in bloom|
|View over the rims|
|View of the city below|
|View to the East|
|Some more yucca|