Flagstaff, Arizona, from the top of the mountain in HDR...beautiful and doesn't feel like Arizona if you think it's only desert-y and hot. It was mid/low 70s during the DAY and it's like living in a forest. Though they get snow, it's just 4+ hours north of the heat here.
We visited Ryan, Ben's good buddy. Oh the weekend was so awesome. We live for them! Here are some forest-y views from the back door slash driveway where we basked in the sun with gourmet smoothies they made while I read about Chinese immigration (it's quite an interesting subject).
Hopi Indian thingy going on (that dancing is cool). It was a nice time with superb weather and company. I love a town of people and busy-ness. Flagstaff isn't really that big, but it felt like this grand and massive town this visit. Probably since we live in a smaller town.
hike. Ryan mentioned a four mile round trip or thereabouts. I took a picture of this sign really quickly without really registering the mileage on it because I had to catch up to the guys ahead.
two hours into this rigorous mountain hiking I asked some down mountain travelers how far we had to the top, and they said possibly ONE to TWO more hours, depending on speed at the steeper parts ahead. Uh.
I decided to pull the Humpreys Trail picture up on my camera to see how far the mileage said it was. Oh round trip 9.6 miles. When the sun sets at 6:20, it's a hike probably suited for a much earlier starting time than 2pm. Hum.
I really like my hubbin. He makes me happy and he's so hot. He carried my tripod the entire day. What a pain I am...his wife. Or "wifflesnapper."
I guess I didn't make it clear that I set up the tripod to get all three of us in a shot. lol Oh well. Those apples were indeed delicious.
We left the top just after 5...and went quickly to make it out before dark but almost failed at that. It was pretty creepy in those woods at dark. We got to the car at 6:45. But don't worry, I'd put us on the hiking register in case we got "lost at hike." =) Hey, you never know.
Ben, Derrick, Ryan
And we visited my cute MIL, Minda, in the mountains somewhere. I'm not exactly sure which town this was? It was her friends' house.
Hopefully everyone had a good weekend and the week is already well on its way to another one. Happy Fall (officially)! This weekend is conference and the official turn to October. Crazy.