We’ve lived in AZ for a bunch of years now. Truth be known, I was actually born here – one of the few I think.
We’ve been to all the big lakes of Phoenix – you know: Saguaro, Canyon Lake, Lake Pleasant, Roosevelt, Apache, and Barlett, and many of the other well known lakes like Havasu, Lake Powell, and Lake Mead. We’ve even been to some of the more obscure lakes like Ashhurst, Kinnikinick, Woods Canyon, Long Lake, Bear Lake, and Knoll Lake.
Still, you just don’t think of AZ as having so many lakes.
We went to Blue Ridge Reservoir recently… you can see my post here – https://kritterspix.com/2019/08/20/reflections-of-blue-ridge-reservoir/
We found ourselves thinking – we need to get out to some of those ‘other’ lakes we haven’t been to.
So we decided to head out to Kaibab Lake. Neither John, nor I, had ever been. So we were stoked to go someplace new… and found it to be very close to Flagstaff, just outside of Williams in fact.
We found it to be a beautiful respite, with terrific sunset & sunrise views.
I think we’re on to something… let’s go do more lakes!
We got out to the woods recently if you saw my post here… https://kritterspix.com/2019/07/18/a-walk-in-the-woods/
But since there are woods all around us up North, we are sharing the load. A recent trip to Greens Peak outside of Show Low highlighted a much different environment.
This forest is a bit higher elevation than the Mogollon Rim, and gets more rain. So it makes a great spot for foraging and mushrooming.
The woods are dense with trees and moldy rocks. Lots of shade and shadows, and cooler temps.
I love that we have the vast diversification of areas to solicit and wander through. It’s a great way to relax and ‘chill’.
Can’t wait to go back… we are already planning our next trip. It is mushroom season afterall. 🙂
Life gets busy, but we should never be so busy that we don’t take time out to frequent our favorite spots and do the things that rock our individual boats … and for us that includes the Mogollon Rim.
We actually got snow, sleet, hail, and rain during our short trip, which made for awesome scenery and elk wondering what we were doing there.
It made me wonder what took us so long… oh, there was that project, and that chore, and that meeting, plus that snow storm, the roads were closed… well, okay.
Always find time to smell the roses, or in our case fresh forest air.
This time of year the snow is melting up North…. and the sun is shining in the Valley. We have become pretty acclimated to the cooler temps… so HOT HOT is just HOT, as it was when we went down this past week and experienced a whopping 87F. Ok, I know we’re spoiled… but we’re toughened up by our winters.
We went to see the flowers, but in truth, while we got into a couple small pockets, it was already late in the season, as most were already gone.
We enjoyed those we did see, and soaked up the heat. But enough is enough, so we took the appropriately named, Desert to Tall Pines Rd (SR 288) back to the snow.
In a matter of hours we were back in our comfort zone, with snow on the ground, amidst the forest and Tall Pines.
We ventured to Workmens Creek, outside of Young, and enjoyed the cascading water from their snow melt.
Ahhhh….. how refreshing. : )
Just East of Palm Springs along I-10 in California is Joshua Tree National Park. Established as a park in 1994 it is home to it’s namesake, the Joshua Tree.
The Joshua Tree looks like a Yucca Tree, but it actually part of the Agave family.
The park itself is a big loop that takes one through hiking trails, multiple camping sites, and picnic areas.
It makes for a scenic drive through boulders, wildflowers, and lots of Joshua trees… making it a fabulous drive through this desert oasis.
I did a Best of. 2018 here…. https://kritterspix.com/2018/12/27/best-of-2018/
I’m fortunate to have taken enough worthy photos that I can share multiple Best of 2018 posts, albeit some similar themes.
1. Tree Saddle Snow First Snow of 2018, January 21 on Mogollon Rim.
2. Blue Shutters Provence FRANCE
3. Water Rok Vernazza, Cinque Terre ITALY
4. Rio Boats Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre ITALY
5. Fog Trees Fog over Moqui Draw
6. Point Imperial River Sunset over Grand Canyon North Rim, Point Imperial
7. Awesome View Your’s truly, taken at North Rim Grand Canyon by Arizona Highways Photographer, Suzanne Mathia
8. Cape Flowers Grand Canyon North Rim, Cape Royal
9. Aspen Maple Fall Colors on Mogollon Rim
10. Ruins Burst Sunrise of old Indian Ruins
I love these posts. They make me reflect on the year past, where I have been and what we have done. These images are a glimpse into our lives and our souls. I hope you enjoyed taking the journey with me.
For more pix check out… https://kritterspix.com/2018/12/27/best-of-animals-2018/ and https://kritterspix.com/2018/12/27/best-of-2018/.
Do you have a special place?
Maybe a restaurant you meet your one and only? A place of solitude that elicits fond memories? A spot you go to so that you might clear your head?
We should all have such a place of tranquility and peaceful reconciliation. Alas, many of the restaurant / bars that my husband and I remember fondly – where we met, where we danced to quiet music, etc. – are now no longer there. And I’m not talking just change in names… buildings gone, and unrecognizably landscapes have taken the place of long forgotten icons.
But we still have our special place. It’s not a restaurant or a bar… it’s an attitude of peaceful reflection. My husband first went when he was a boy of 10 years old. He went camping with his dad. His dad felt he should know how to drive in case anything happened to him. So it’s a place, he first learned to drive with his dad – gone now some 20 years.
My husband took me there before we were married, some 30+ years ago now. It was then that we discovered these ruins as we looked over this grand landscape and saw this structure tucked into the side of the hill… seemingly undiscovered all these years.
We have been going back ever since, and deem it our special place. It is magical, tranquil, and awe-inspiring. We should all have such a special place.
Before Fall Colors have even popped yet, we got our first snowfall. Fall Colors dropped against the blanket of fresh snow made the maple leaves in their varying color stand out.
I love the contrast of color Fall brings, with the green Pines, yellowing Oaks, and emerging reds amidst the scattered Maples. It’s a potpourri of color and textures.
The snow just adds another dimension in this already gorgeous time in our myriad of seasons we get to enjoy.
For more of my fall color photos, check out my post here… https://kritterspix.com/2018/10/20/first-snow-2/
It’s true that the South Rim is closer than the North Rim… by a bunch! But, give me the North Rim any day. The views are better, and the crowds less (that by itself is reason enough).
We enjoyed the many overlooks and stunning views along the way.
The aspen leaves were turning and the fall colors were stunning. The roads and the hillsides were covered with their golden hue.
You can see more of my Grand Canyon photos here… https://kritterspix.com/2018/10/05/grand-canyon-north-rim-bright-angel-point/ and here … https://kritterspix.com/2018/10/05/grand-canyon-north-rim-point-sublime/
I find it funny that whenever we mention to people we are going to Vegas… most will cringe and say, ‘why?!’ We don’t go to gamble so much, as we go just to wander.
… and we love the food. There are so many great food options available in a very small space, either on the strip or off.
There is art everywhere… whether it’s in Bellagio, or along the roads and between buildings.
People watching always makes for interesting conversation fodder in Vegas, as Vegas swims with a wide variety from around the world. It continues to fascinate me how much money goes through this relatively small town of only 600,000 full time residents, (more in outlaying suburbs around Las Vegas metropolitan area), with 75% of Nevada’s total population living in Las Vegas. Las Vegas reports revenue from gambling alone of an astounding $1 B per month.
Our trips are never long, but always delicious.