Yep, it’s hot. Really hot sometimes. So what’s a guy to do when he wants to hike in the summer? He gets up at 4:30 in the morning and sets out.
What started out as a personal goal to take 7 sunrise hikes in 7 days has now surpassed 20. It wasn’t for any particular reason – mostly to break up the summer doldrums. In the desert, we look forward to summer ending. And my “for any particular reason” feeling has been well worth it. The desert is a beautiful place:
I will say that it is starting to feel like somewhat of an addiction and I have done a couple of days of “sidewalk” hiking. But in Arizona, even in the neighborhood, you never know what you will see.
Like a tarantula crossing for school:
Or a rattlesnake at “guarding” the trail sunrise:
And apart from feeling better, it is a great time to be out getting some amazing early morning views:
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!
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!
Had a fantasric hike in Sedona, Arizona yesterday with my wife.
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
And don’t forget the payoff (this is why you are here):