Desert Sunrises – Monsoon Style

The last few weeks in the desert has made for some awesome sunrises.  I spent a nice early morning hike this past weekend and blown away.

 

I also managed to unintentionally take another photo that I almost hesitate to share, just not sure why….

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This isn’t a sunrise, but it was one of the most unique Monsoon cells I’d ever seen.

Phoenix Monsoon

And a nice double three-legged rainbow.

Phoenix Rainbow

 

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Places:  Lake Pleasant, Arizona  

Ok, so I went to Lake Pleasant and didn’t take any pictures of the lake. But I wasn’t there for the water.  I was there for the sunset.

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And got to see my first couple of wild burros (you have to look close – they didn’t want me anywhere near):

They’ve been pretty elusive for me. Here is the “bigfoot” version (can’t even see the zipper of the suit):

WordPress: My One Year Anniversary

I’ve enjoyed my first year blogging on WordPress.  But of course, it’s not really about the blogs themselves, but the numerous experiences and photographs that led me to sharing these to begin with.  The American Southwest is Amazing!  I hope also that I can inspire just one person to get just get there and just wander someplace – very little happens sitting on the couch.  Be Safe and Thank you!

And given the chance, I always have to “be me”

Favorite Places in the last year:

Places:  Devil’s Bridge in Sedona.

Places: Courthouse Butte Trail in Sedona

Places: Monument Valley

Places:  Walnut Canyon

Places: Return to Horseshoe Bend

Places: Lower Antelope Canyon

Grand Canyon in Winter. It speaks for itself!

Places: Wukoki Ruins

 

 

Phoenix Monsoon Sunsets

When people from other parts of the country think of Phoenix, Arizona in July, they generally think of the heat.  

Yes, it’s hot.  But we don’t mind “shoveling sinshine” all year.

Often overlooked, or even unknown, is that we go through a Monsoon Season.  Just about about any day, you can get dumped on by a large amount of rain.  But it’s a bit like the lottery.  It can be pouring in one place and a couple miles away can be bone dry.

But one thing Monsoon Season brings everyone, is we get some of the best sunsets in the world.  And this week alone, is a great example. This is one of my favorite reasons for being in Phoenix and more than makes up for the heat. Enjoy!

Places:  Devil’s Bridge in Sedona.

Had a fantasric hike in Sedona, Arizona yesterday with my wife.

Hiking Desert Trail Sedona Arizona

I will say that this moderate+ trail was well worth the effort (and the beat – it soared to 104F).  You do have areas where a little “mountain goat” is needed, so plan accordingly.  As always, you can never bring enough water.  This is a popular trail and it always amazes me to see folks with one little water bottle.  There was actually a 911 call for a lost man who wandered off after feeling ill.  Altitude and heat are a dangerous combination!

But for the trail itself – fantastic!

Photos speak for themselves 

Hiking Sedona Arizona Devil's Bridge Rusty Ward

Hiking Sedona Arizona Devil's Bridge Rusty Ward

Hiking Sedona Arizona Devil's Bridge Rusty Ward

Hiking Sedona Arizona Devil's Bridge Rusty Ward Old Man

And don’t forget the payoff (this is why you are here):

Hiking Sedona Arizona Devil's Bridge Rusty Ward
“Old Man on the Devil’s Bridge”

I love when the unusal happens!

Golfing today with one of my buddies and bull snake decided to crash the party on thr 12th hole.  He didn’t care one bit we were there.

This is a pressure putt…..

But he managed to do more than that.  While we finished the hole and were walking back to the carts, it thought it was a good idea to slither up inside a cart.

Arizona golf – Got to love it!  Even a bizarre cloud formation.

Places: Return to Horseshoe Bend

Darn you Arizona!  There is so much to see, but you leave us little options but to visit all of your fantastic landmarks multiple times to get a more complete experience.  And what a wonderful problem to have.

A recent trip through Page, Arizona was carefully planned to take in a couple of places at a different time of day (and season) then the last time I was there.  Along with Lower Antelope Canyon, one I had to see again was Horseshoe Bend.  This time at Sunset.

Horseshoe Bend Sunset. Hiking Arizona. Page

Sunset provided a much different experience than the early morning of last summer.

Horseshoe Bend. Hiking Arizona Old Man Hiking

But do not forget that the “wall” that provides the viewing plateau is very underrated and quite impressive on its own.

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You’ll notice that the 1000 ft. drop to the bottom offers “no guardrails” and many folks often put them themselves precariously close to the edge.

Horseshoe Bend is not the only view of the Colorado River.  Take a quick stop just outside of town for a scenic view of Glen Canyon Dam and the Colorado River.

Other Places to consider:

Monument Valley

Lower Antelope Canyon