Monday, September 30, 2013

This Weekend - A Ride in the Desert

Hello, my sweet friends!
I hope this Monday morning finds you well and happy,
and ready to take on a brand new week.
I'm on cup-of-coffee-#2 as I type, and Lucky is running around like a maniac. Man, he's such a morning person dog. I'm slow moving this morning, coming off of a fun and busy weekend, though I'm not really complaining! Just sayin. 
 
Saturday was filled with running here and there, and then attending a party for our niece Bethann who just completed her State Board exam and is officially a Registered Nurse {{{proud}}}. We celebrated with the family Saturday evening and stayed up late, which made Sunday morning feel like the kind of day you just wanted to laze around.
 
But Doug had set his sights on taking a drive to check the trail camera he had set up, so I threw a picnic lunch together, slathered on the sunscreen and bug repellant, grabbed my camera and we hit the road.
 
 
We drove through Globe and headed up past Roosevelt Lake {for my locals who may wonder where these photos were taken}. The weather was beautiful, although still a bit on the warm side - a perfect day for being out on the quad.
 

Being in this part of the state is just so awesome. It's so wide-open and vast that it makes us temporarily forget about the hustle and bustle of the city we live in. And photos will never do it justice - like the one shown above. Doug had taken the quad off the back of his truck and I snapped this photo of the mountain range behind him. It is huge and expansive, though hard to tell by looking here.

 
We parked near a corral that's used by cattle ranchers, and I still find myself looking for items for Rinda's summertime photography scavenger hunt even though it's over until next year. {Item #13 - a fence}
 
 
Look closely and you can see our road in the photo above - definitely taking the road less traveled!

 
When Doug came home from a recent hunting trip, he told me about a heart-shaped rock he'd found that was too big to bring home. We rode the quad for a while then parked and hiked up to this spot so he could show me the rock. Two things: 1) I loved the rock; and 2) It makes me a little nervous to see these places where Doug hikes by himself. They are remote and treacherous, but oh so beautiful. It's no wonder he looks forward to his time outside.
 

And the next thing you know, it's Monday morning in the city and time to work our way through another week. It's going to be a busy one - lots going on at work and stuff around the house too. How fortunate am I to have so many positive things that beg for my attention. I am definitely living the life here, friends.

Living the life.

15 comments:

Becky said...

Oh, such lovely photos! So happy for you that you had such a fun weekend and well done to your niece :)

helena said...

what fabulous, intense colours in your lovely open spaces - have a great week

Irene said...

Beautiful scenery. Loving those wild flowers. It is awesome that Doug knows the little thinks that make you happy like that heart shape rock.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

beautiful deb! and I love how his hunt for heart shaped rocks shows hes always thinking of you!

Sian said...

Glorious sunshine! I think a bit of outdoor time in such a beautiful place was probably perfect for you this weekend.

Susi said...

Happy Monday! Congrats to your niece! Looks like a lovely place to enjoy the great outdoors.

debs14 said...

That literally is 'in the middle of nowhere' - such amazing scenery. A great place to unwind and forget about the hustle and bustle of work etc, a perfect weekend retreat.

Karen said...

Gorgeous photos! They make me realize how long it's been since we've been in the dessert. So beautiful, and the wide open spaces are so different from the scenes here in the northeast. We had a great weekend, too, that went from Saturday to Monday. Just got home, and will post some photos tomorrow or Wednesday.

Audrey said...

Oh gosh, Deb, it's so beautiful.....so different from the forests and topography you find here and on the East Coast. It seems so foreign to me but I hope one day to experience it in person!!! Love that heart rock....what a sweet husband!

Beverly said...

I just adore that Doug paid attention to the rock and took you back to see it. Did the trail camera catch anything?

Ruth said...

Arizona, I'm coming!
Love that Doug saw the rock, thought of you and then took you to see it.

Miriam said...

Oh! the colours in your photos are just beautiful. Love that Doug saw that stone.

Candace said...

I haven't been out that way in a long time, very pretty. We used to sail on Roosevelt in the 80s.

CatieAn said...

What a gorgeous place to spend the day taking photos and enjoying the scenery. I love your photography and especially the heart shaped rock. glad you shared.

Gail said...

What gorgeous scenery. Love that heart-shaped rock.

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