At 3:something this morning the dogs in the neighborhood started barking and woke me up. I don't know about you but when I wake up in the middle of the night I hear ALL kinds of noises and then my mind just starts imagining the worst.
Well. It is all quiet now, the dogs have all gone back to sleep and there is no noise in my house except the tap, tap, tap of my computer keys.
Since I was wide awake I decided to do a little blog surfing and I found a really neat Valentines' day project over at Moda Bakeshop. Check it out
It rained buckets and buckets during the week and even tho
really enjoy hiking I was really hoping that this event would be
rained out. I can remember hearing the "old folks" talk about a storm coming in...."I can feel it in my bones". Well now I seem to have become the "old folk" since every joint in my body aches when a storm comes in. Friday my body was one big ache and I just didn't want to do this hike
Besides my aches and pains I figured that with all of rain we had had that the trails would be muddy and slippery.
Well, I went. The above picture is the group of friends that we
met at the hike. This picture was taken just before we hit the trail head.
So here I am hiking the mountain trail.
As you can see the trails were not muddy or slippery!
I was very thankful for that.
And as my friend Deb pointed out earlier this week (when I was whining)
the rain had made the air smell so fresh and clean.
There were a few puddles here and there....
And some rocky climbing....
But the panoramic views of the city down below
and the rocks and the cactus were breathtaking.
I've come to really love our desert scenery.
I'm looking pretty happy in this photo since
I've just made it to the top of a pretty steep climb!
Those tents down there at the bottom represent
LUNCH and the end of the trail for me.
I ended up only doing 7.8 miles of the 15.5 mile trail.
I probably could have gone a couple of miles further, but past this
point I would have had to continue on the full 15.5 miles,
and I just didn't think that my back could take it.
I really had nothing to gain, except possible injury, by pushing
myself to go to the end. I wanted to end on a high note, not
a broken one!
I truly enjoyed this hike. It was so nice spending the time
with my husband, seeing other friends and drinking in the