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Phoenix - 1st Day

I promised pictures though sorting them has been slow with trying to catch up on everything else, too. The first full day (Thursday) was spent getting up early and heading out into the Sanoran Desert Preserve. The landscape was incredible. I was thinking barren and nothing but sand but there was a load of brush and cactus. I wandered the trails up and down and between the buttes ending with a hike to the summit of one of them that top at 2000 ft.
It was cool to get up high and spy the bits of communities on the outskirts of the preserve and glance across at the neighboring peaks. I learned despite the cactus' prickly skin birds made holes and nests within their sharp branches. I also learned that kicking a Chola cactus just resulted in getting a cactus piece stuck in the end of your boot. My boots (that I usually use only for costuming) came in very handy and got a really, really good break-in.
The saguaro cactus though very plentiful are all unique and I recognized a new one when I saw it. That was my first indication that I was a little lost. The preserve had definite trails but some of them roamed over 6-7 miles of buttes and countryside. I made the summit easy enough but on the return trek I missed the down trail and ended up wandering across the side of the next buttes before backtracking to a lower trail and asking directions from a fellow hiker. I was not alone out there. I passed several hikers and more than a few mountain bikers along the way. I was this close to calling 911 for help with a local directed me in the general directions of my starting point. I ended up walking about 5 miles before finding my car again.
The day ended with a nice dinner with my cousin (who I hadn't seen in over 40 years) along with his wife at a quaint Mexican restaurant with duck pond and inside/outside seating near a great little trading post and then a trip to nearby Glendale to see the Christmas lights and the start of a town festival. There will be more on that the next time when I write about Day Two.



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Jan. 13th, 2017 07:00 pm (UTC)
Even a desert can be beautiful; you just have to really look.

The Christmas lights are very pretty. I particularly like the Christmas ball one.
Jan. 16th, 2017 06:01 pm (UTC)
I was not empty like I thought and though different, it still had it's own unique beauty. I agree with that.

That Christmas ball was definitely a favorite spot.
Jan. 13th, 2017 11:16 pm (UTC)
I love traveling along. Fantastic views! THnak you
Jan. 16th, 2017 06:03 pm (UTC)
It's nice sharing them with someone. I'll need for help/guidance later this year to get across Oregon. It will be nice to have someone in the know. I haven't received my confirmation on the conference yet but it's should arrive any day now and then the planning begins.
Jan. 17th, 2017 03:36 pm (UTC)
There are so many things to see and do that side of the state, I'm really hoping this all gels, I'd love to see you
Jan. 17th, 2017 04:23 pm (UTC)
Me, too. Still waiting on my confirmation but then I want to plan, plan, plan. I'll come out a day or so ahead of the conference so I have time to stop and look around before driving on. I'm pretty excited about the adventure.
Jan. 14th, 2017 03:46 am (UTC)
Your pictures are fabulous as always! Thanks for taking us on your trips.
Jan. 16th, 2017 06:04 pm (UTC)
It's nice having someone to share them with. Too wonderous to keep it to myself, you know?
Jan. 16th, 2017 09:44 am (UTC)
What an adventure...Glad you managed to get away from the cactus labyrinth.

The bauble pic is very pretty.
Color Lights
Jan. 16th, 2017 05:59 pm (UTC)
Me, too. It was fun but only up to a point and then it got a little scary. I was imagining the miles from the start that I might be and how far I might need to walk back.

The "bauble" reminded me of Cinderella's carriage. It was very pretty and definitely the place for pictures.
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