Throwback to a couple weeks ago when I caught some awesome incoming #storm front #lighting on the #Sandias on my way home from a sweet #hike in Santa Fe. Sometimes everything sucks, and sometimes the world is a gorgeous place to be.
Apple Valley residents with yard waste, household trash, broken appliances and other items they would like to discard are encouraged to participate in a neighborhood clean-up day at the corner of Highway 18 and Central Road this Saturday, October 20 between 8am-2pm free of charge! For additional information about the neighborhood clean-up, contact Code Enforcement at (760) 240-7000 Ext 7560 or visit www.AVCode.org
I love artwork inspired by the desert, whether it's reflecting the spirit of the wind, the sun, the wildlife or the west. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These metal sculptures by @ricardo.breceda_metal.artist perfectly frame my dream catcher as it flies in the wind in Anza Borrego.
The High Desert Art Tour happening in Yucca Valley gave us a glimpse into beautiful desert- inspired works when we visited this past weekend. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Did you go? Who was your favorite artist or stop along the tour? Mine was # 48, Rieman Sculptures, beautiful blends of metal and steel that captured so much of desert living.
I harvested all the corn, most of the beans, all the squash and many amaranth flowers. What a challenging season it was, with the lack of rain and heavy wind and heat. I'm thankful though, the drought taught me a lot. And got some seeds and food out of all that hard work. To next season and new beginnings! #snowy#cornislife#dinébikéyah#earlywinter#lightsnow#blessed#highdesertlife
Happy Monday! I still can’t get over that I get to live here, living my dream of being on a little property with animals! We started our journey to this point over 6 years ago when we bought 5 acres of volcanic rock, sage brush, dust, juniper trees and cheet grass! 😳 It was quite the undertaking and we still struggle to get things to grow in our extreme high desert high and low temps and very little top soil 😂😂😂. But look!! You’d never know it from this photo! Swipe and you’ll see a little glimpse of the dusty mess we started with 😆😆. ..
"Gracie Jiu Jitsu started in Brazil. Two gentlemen, Helio and Carlos Gracie, started modifying Judo techniques so that any size person could apply it. They made their technique more energy efficient and Helio himself said, 'human intelligence will trump brute strength.' Helio's eldest son, Rorion, moved to Hermosa Beach and began teaching his father's technique and philosophy. He would open up the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu academy. Today, the United States calls this practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu...having originated in Brazil. Gracie Jiu Jitsu, however, remains the original name of the art itself.
Rorion later worked with a producer for over a year to broadcast a program that he would call the 'Ultimate Fighting Championship' or 'UFC' as we know it today.
This is a franchise gym underneath two of Helio's grandsons, Rener and Rydon Gracie...who are actually my instructors. There are about 150 locations worldwide. We have been open for about two and a half years. We started in a very small facility with only 19 people and we out-grew that facility in six months. Now, we have over 300 students and are still looking to grow. Our focus is the preservation and perpetuation of the original Gracie Jiu Jitsu philosophy. This teaches human intelligence over brute strength and how to conserve energy.
In this classroom, we are not teaching people to become cage fighters...we are teaching people how to defend themselves. People can use it in whatever way they choose whether that's competing in sports Jiu Jitsu and fighting or just having the confidence to walk around knowing you are safe.
The programs we offer here include 'Adult Combatives', which focuses on self defense, 'Women in Power', which is a women's only class, and 'Bully Proof' for kids ages 4-14 where we prepare them for life by teaching them how to be confident and stand up to bullying.
I think watching the students here on their journeys from beginning to end and their growth is what I really value. They are discovering the best versions of themselves possible." -Jonny Vasquez, Gracie Jiu Jitsu Apple Valley
13470 Manhasset Road Suites 8&9
Apple Valley, CA 92308