With our to-do list all done, we turned our energies to more exciting pursuits, and had a great last couple of days in Phoenix.
(Disclosure: I am a few days behind the blog because we’re currently staying with my folks in Tucson…so this will be a quick, mostly picture post, and we’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming soon!)
We hiked up Camelback Mountain with Denise, a friend of Trey’s. She was concerned that she wouldn’t be able to keep up with us, but instead, I mostly just saw her rear end as she motored up the steep trail. The girl can move! The trail was breathtaking, with sweeping views of the whole city. The last 3/4 mile was more rock climbing than hiking, and we were exhausted when we were finished, even though it was only a 3 mile round trip. It was probably our favorite hike while we were in Phoenix.
We spent a whole day driving up the Apache Trail, aka Arizona State Route 88, originally a stagecoach route through the Superstition Mountains. It was a rough drive when it was completed in 1905, and not much has changed since then. It’s known for steep cliffs with no safety barriers, but also some of the best scenery in Arizona. We took it to its end at Roosevelt Lake, to scout out campgrounds for a stop later in the season, and also to tour Tonto National Monument.
We also got together with Trey for a final evening. It was so good to be able to see him multiple times over our month long stay, especially since he’s moving soon, and we don’t know when we will get to see him again.
On Sunday, we headed out of Phoenix and drove 90 miles south. We will be in Tucson for a week, visiting with my folks. They certainly picked the right time to come to the sunny Southwest! My sister, who lives about 5 miles away from them in Ohio, had a temperature of -24 this morning. We are planning lots of history and birding outings to enjoy the nice weather.