I love to hike!
I love long nature walks and taking in each detail of the beauty that is provided for us in this world of ours.
I have always been fascinated by the abundance that the desert provides and the different kinds of plants that are able to survive through the incredible heat of a long Arizona summer.
February in Arizona? PERFECT!
We headed out (In my mustang rental car!) toward South Mountain around 11am to get in an hour’s hike before lunch. It was a good thing we did, and we likely should have gone a bit earlier as the sun was doing its best to burn off that cloud layer and shine down upon us.
South Mountain is right on the outskirts of Phoenix, and is a very popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers alike.
Folks were out on the trails in droves!
We had decided to do one of the “less strenuous” hikes, circling the mountain in a clockwise fashion and then hiking up a moderate grade to get to the top.
Moderate is relative! LOL!
I’m trailing behind dad!
I am so happy that my dad is as active and physically fit as he is at 76. He just marched right up this mountain. I took my time, looking like I was stopping for photos and scenery, but really to calm my huffing and puffing!
I love the cactus!
Green desert vegitation!
Where is John Wayne when you need him?
Don’t fall on this prickly guy!
And all the while dad is just saying “Take your time, Darlin’ – there is no rush or hurry.”
My inner child smiles as I feel I am once again 12 years old. I’m here with my daddy.
How did pioneers survive here?
The valley below. We made it to the top!
Dad, resting at the top!
I love this photo.
I’m going to have it printed and framed!
And now we go down and around and back to the car!
It was just the perfect hike. Only I wish I had packed SHORTS! From here it was back to dad's, a little bit of lunch, a little bit of nap, and a little bit of this:
My neutral hexies are getting quite a bit of attention as we sit and watch movies or TV. Lasagna and salad for dinner, more TV. I never watch this much TV in the day time, and it feels completely decadent to do it! But that is what dad likes, and I do it with him, just stitching away as we watch.
A sunset in liquid gold.
Can you believe this sky?
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
I hope you take time today to recognize the creative person inside you! I hope you read this quote while telling yourself "Hey, that's me!" Now, get out and do it!
Vintage kaleidoscope quilt found in North Carolina.
On my agenda today: Lunch with my brother Mark! He is a teacher, so he has only a 45 minute lunch break, so I will go enjoy a sandwich with him during his lunch period—yes, WITH the mustang upgrade for him to be completely GUY over. All 6 cylinders!
Tonight we have a family dinner over at his house. My niece's baby shower is tomorrow and I did some shopping for that yesterday. So happy to be here and see her before her big event.
Sunday is rapidly approaching and I’ll be flying home. Questions coming in on when the next Quit-Cam will be. Believe me, I am as anxious to host one as you are to watch one so be looking for that mid-week next week. I’ll need a couple of days to play catch up with my family, but we should be able to fit it in on Wednesday or Thursday evening.
Have a wonderful Friday, everyone!