No matter where you live – and I especially mean this about those of us like me, that live in a big city (actually I live in a suburb of a biggish city; Phoenix, Arizona) or even rural, chances are you are close to some spectacular, beautiful areas. Why? Earth is a beautiful place that’s why! Just look around, or drive a bit out of town and look around a bit. Nice, huh? Continue Reading
Here’s a scattering of photos from last summer’s car camping excursions…
As usual *click* to embiggen!
Caption says it all. At the big rest stop on Hwy 17 between Phoenix and Sedona is a largish sundial. I took the photo in late afternoon on the way back from a day in Sedona – I was playing guitar for a wedding up there and the day, and the ceremony were beautiful. If I’d have had my wits about me for this photo, I would have taken it so you would know the time. Duh!
Hwy 17 runs north out of Phoenix up to Sedona and then on to Flagstaff.
Hwy 60 runs east out of Phoenix and that’s where these photos were taken – we went east on 60 to the Oak Flat Campground, stayed the night and the next day we went to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum to get there early since it’s 55 miles east of Phoenix and it opens, I think, at 7 AM.
Nice spot right in front. You know how you go to a campground and there is no one there? Not this evening! The place was packed to the gills and I think this was one of maybe two spots open. That’s cool. When you’re car-camping sometimes it’s solitude, sometimes it’s a public park. Bring earplugs! It was big fun.
It was pretty up there and there are nicely groomed trails. If we really wanted to be alone, you know we could have just humped our stuff for 30 minutes and been in utter solitude. No need. It was just fine – the camp sites are situated such that after dark you might as well have been alone.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum has been recently redone and it’s pretty cool – you take a trail all around the plants and structures and it’s very scenic. We were early enough that really, almost no one was there and because it was early morning we beat the heat. Of course we had our dogs with us – they are allowed on the trails. They love that place!
Have a great weekend!
“Boxing Day is a holiday traditionally celebrated the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a “Christmas box”, from their bosses or employers, in the United Kingdom, Barbados, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other former British colonies. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December.”
It’s Christmas eve and a wonderful time it is this year! We got off at lunch today at work, certainly a pleasant surprise as I work in a very small company, we’re behind the eight-ball as usual; but before lunch the boss called us in and sent us all home. So I took some local photos of the season:
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We were treated to a veritable light show at sundown yesterday due to a marvelous riot of clouds we had here in Arizona. I finally got out and took a few pictures:
As a contrast to the rain, sleet, snow, and hail we are getting around the country this winter, here are some photos of Sunny California to warm you up!
Readers unfamiliar with this area, Santa Cruz is here: Continue Reading
First a couple of sunrises taken from the perspective of starting a workday.