Tag Archives: Desert

Superstition wilderness thanksgiving honeymoon

Here are some photos of our trip to the superstition mountains east of Phoenix. The saguaro were out of this world!! And the cholla! This is my second trip in the western lower elevation part of this wilderness area and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the amount of water. I didn’t get any photos of a pretty gigantic-bouldery box canyon because I got a little activated with some technical spots and the light getting low. We were able to get really remote pretty quickly even though the peralta trailhead that we took to link to our loop is very busy with day hikers. Seems we saw bear poo and fur. I kept hoping that it was a coatimundi or an ocelot, but that’s smaller poo.

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April morning neighborhood ski

The several inches of snow from yesterday are pretty much all gone today. This morning I tried to beat the melt by getting a ski in on the urban trail. It got pretty sticky. Seasonal waterfalls are gonna be gushing!

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Seeking botanical experience

Today I took someone to our beautiful Valley of the Sun to see a doctor. The Disney desert and irrigated tropical landscaping in the manufactured outdoor environment had a lot to offer today as I waited. It was sunny and calm breezy with lots of song birds! I stalked and safaried for a snapshot of a grackle and a hummingbird, but they were shy and playing hard to get. Here are some pics from the foraged retreat right next to the parking lot. I should have rallied the waiting room to join me outside! The appointment was about eyes so i thought I’d try seeing. Just waiting at the doctors office today were moments worth living.

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