Finishing up PHX

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 weren’t actually that high, but it felt like we were up in outer space!

Denise runs marathons and has super long legs…we had no chance of keeping up with her! 🙂

I had loved the hike, but parts of it were a bit vertigo-inducing!

There were chuckwallas sunbathing everywhere! They look fearsome, but are completely harmless. When threatened, they wedge themselves into a crevice and puff up their lungs so predators can’t pull them out!

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.

That little, winding road down there? Yep, that’s the road we’re on. We averaged about 15-20 miles per hour.

Soaring rock castles

Rock rainbows!

Tonto National Monument–a well preserved cliff dwelling of the Salado people from the 13th and 14th centuries.

I love the desert landscape.

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.

We introduced Trey to shaved snow. He was dubious at first, but on his first taste, proclaimed it a winner!

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.


One thought on “Finishing up PHX

  1. Rayn, good to know things are going well for you. Where are you going after Tucson? We’re headed down that way, maybe Katie and I could see ya for a little while and reminisce about, ya think? Regardless, safe travels.

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