An early Hike, a Nap and a Walk in the Sunset

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Friday, March 30, 2012

We got to the trailhead of the Sunset Trail before nine AM.  It was getting warm already.  Lynn had her Montana walking stick and I had my new trekking poles.  The beginning of the trail was rather steep, so I had a chance to get the feel of the new poles.  They worked great and gave me a bit of an upper body workout.  The trail runs to the west of the mountains, so we were facing the sun for the two miles that we hiked in.  It runs through sever rough arroyos or washes.  There were more cacti in bloom than we have ever seen.  Ocotillos, hedgehogs and buckhorn jollas, to name a few.  The colors range from bright pink to a brassy yellow.  The pictures should give you some idea.

This trip is a real blast, from this end.  I imagine by now, you're getting a bit bored with things that we're doing and you're not.  I'm sorry about that, but it's here for the taking.  Live a little and escape to the desert one day.

I put out a small bird feeder before we left.  It was nearly empty when we returned.  On observation from inside, we spotted the culprits...they were merrily having their fill of the birdseed.  I honestly can't remember what they're called and Lynn's asleep... Aha, chipmunks!  There were a couple of curved-bill thrashers and a house finch or two taking advantage of the food.  I moved it later to hang on the awning and now only the finches can reach it.  Of course, the too-big thrasher had to run off the little finches... Might makes right, I reckon.

After dinner of BLTs, we took a walk around the park and watched the sun set.  It was a beautiful evening and still quite warm.  There are lots of folks here for the weekend, so there's more life than we've seen or heard in quite a while.  It's great to see families enjoying themselves in the great out of doors.  it's all good...
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