|Channel Islands from Elwood Mesa|
|Bluebird against the evening sky|
|There's a bar indoors, and seats on the sidewalk.|
|The noodle house serves Pho (rhymes with Duh), Teriyaki,|
and other Asian Fusion dishes.
|Flowers and kumquats beside the Zinc patio|
|My lunch today: Tomatoes à la Provençale from French Cooking in Ten Minutes.|
(Think you see a diet coke? You're hallucinating.)
|The tomatoes and herbs came from the Santa Barbara farmers' market.|
Above left: the herb seller.
Above right: three images of what I bought Tuesday and how I prepared my lunch.
|The 10-minute recipe (which clearly|
requires around 15 minutes as written).
|Coeur à la Crème|
|A magpie in wine country|
|Tres Hermanas Farmhouse and gardens|
|The 2014 vintage growing at Tres Hermanas Winery|
|Wine vats at Foxen Winery|
|Humming bird feeder on a winery porch in Los Olivos|
|Sorrel for the Soup|
As Pomiane recommends, I left the meatballs on the stove while we ate the soup.
|Shopping for herbs|
|Dates in color-coded bags|
|Chirimoyas -- a fairly exotic fruit. To me they taste|
like juicy fruit gum. (I didn't buy them this time).
|Ride a bike to the market!|
|Len pays for In-N-Out Burgers.|
|Images of breakfast at two Best Western motels where we stayed|
|On the way to Hermit's Rest|
|Gate to Hermit's Rest|
|Len at Hermit's Rest|
|The huge fireplace dominates the interior of the building.|
|The back of the building|
“As with the other buildings she designed for Grand Canyon, Mary Colter designed Hermit’s Rest in what is known as 'National Park Rustic' style. In this style, buildings are supposed to look as if they were built with old-fashioned hand tools and made of materials that at least appear to have been taken from the surrounding landscape. Whereas her first building at Grand Canyon, Hopi House, was inspired by ancient Native American traditions in the area, for Hermit’s Rest Colter drew upon the stories and architecture of Euro-American settlers. The resulting building reflected both the National Park rustic style and Colter’s concept of a hermit’s stone cabin.” -- from "Hermit's Rest" by Arizona State University.The Harvey company developed tourism in the West in cooperation with the railroads. The Xanterra company that runs the accommodations and food service in the park today is a commercial descendant of Harvey. The old Fred Harvey trademarks still appear on a number of buildings, such as the reservation center, cafeteria, and gift shop of the Yavapai Lodge where we stayed, actually a collection of buildings like old-fashioned motels.
|The Fred Harvey cafeteria in Yavapai Lodge -- not|
a particularly inviting atmosphere!
|The Studio, designed by Mary Ann Colter|