North of power lines on north side of Ute Creek golf course / 21st Avenue if extended across, west of Pace, south of highway 66, east of Alpine.
Speaking of power lines, do any of my millions (?!) of faithful readers happen to know why the enormous power line poles are balanced on eight bolts, instead of resting on the ground. If so, I’d love to know. I’m sure there must be some good reason, but it just looks funny.
Pleasant Valley is on the east side of Alpine; on January 4th I walked it’s ‘sister’ area, Prairie Village, on the west side of Alpine. The two “P.V.” areas, side by side.
I can’t drive by here without thinking of ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’, a song I really like by the Monkees, on what I consider to be their best album — Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones. It was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. I never knew where they got the album title from, although I had noticed that the three zodiac signs are consecutive, but in reverse chronological order. So when I looked it up today, I see that those are the zodiac signs of the band members. Michael Nesmith and Davy Jones were both Capricorns, so that’s why they put a name in, instead of repeating ‘Capricorn’.
They call me MellowYellow
A nice house number sign
I like this striking house color
Another bridge to cross
Fox of the day
nice stone fence
This dog was very alert, but didn’t feel the need to bark or chase
Construction with plumbing sticking out
After picture (mirror image)
Why are these huge power poles balanced on 8 bolts?
Here comes the Sun
Dozens of golf balls on the frozen lake
I’m not ashamed to say that I think the Monkees put out some pretty good music. They were a
Vegetation of the Day
Don’t Tread On Me
‘fabricated band’, and I guess there was some controversy about them using studio musicians for some of their output, but I feel that nevertheless the final result is fun to listen to.
Davy Jones died unexpectedly in Florida about a year ago, the first of the Monkees to go. An interesting bit of trivia is that David Bowie was also born with the name David Jones, but changed his name in the mid 1960′s because of possible confusion.
This is one of the newer sub-divisions in town, so it hasn’t had time to add some of the curiosities of an older neighborhood. Construction was going on with something called ‘the Villas’, and I have three pictures below of it. One shows the ‘mini-bulldozers’ they were using, along with the plumbing connections poking up out of the ground. The other two show what I believe are two identical (but mirror image) buildings side-by-side, one completed and the other with just the frame up.
I didn’t see a live fox in Fox Hill last weekend, but I did see one here. It was laying there sunning itself, but keeping an eye on me. It was still there when I came back the same way about 10 minutes later.
The street names here were all western U.S. cities. For the benefit of the reader (which I’m guessing nobody may care about!!?!), I will separate them by state.
Arizona — Flagstaff, Tucson
California — Coronado
Colorado — Dillon
Idaho — Boise, Sandpoint
Montana — Billings, Roundup (about 1700 people…. but the street was pretty small, too!)
New Mexico — Santa Fe
North Dakota — Minot
Oregon — Astoria, Medford
South Dakota — Redfield (there are other Redfields, including one in Kansas, but I’m guessing they meant this one, since North Dakota got a street. It wouldn’t be fair to leave South Dakota out!)
Washington — Bellingham, Olympia
Wyoming — Cheyenne, Laramie
Total for today: 19,660 steps, 3:24 time
Another Pleasant Valley Sunday — here in status symbol land