Here we are coming out to the main road that looks up into the hills where I'll go. This road leads to Mt. Sac where Takumi went to school for a couple of years. In the other direction is the the town.
From the hills, this is looking back on my brother's immediate neighborhood. This day was overcast though it can be quite clear and beautiful.
Lots of cactus around. This one that was flowering was more attractive than some that are just looking dangerous by the side of the road.
I know you can hardly see this but in this house's yard there is a peacock. (He's sitting at the side of the driveway.) This family seems to have a whole flock of peacocks and they fly up into the highest trees and call down at people and cars going by. It sounds exactly like someone is yelling for help and visitors who have never heard peacocks often get upset because they think someone is in trouble.
Squirrels abound all over the area. Mostly brown squirrels with lovely bushy tails. They seem very tame and will come quite close up in the trees and chatter at you.
Look what I came across in the neighbor's yard! Cute little critter and he was busy digging in the dirt. I was only a few yards away from him and I took four pictures. He looked at me but didn't seem to mind being photographed. Usually skunks are nocturnal I think, I've never just seen one walking around in the daylight like this though they often cross the back yard at night and last year one kept visiting my mother in the middle of the night!
Here's a picture of the garage which Marcy isn't going to be too happy that I'm showing you. The kids can play basketball in front, or ride their bicycles. The dogs take their daily wander around to sniff out what has crossed their path during the night.
And this is coming back down the driveway looking at my brother's house. (I take this picture every year too.) My mother lives in the "casita" on the left and it used to be the garage which turned into a billiard room when my father was alive and then 10 years ago was remodeled to become my mother's apartment.