Monday, April 21, 2014

Our weekend - plan B

Good Monday morning, blog friends.
I hope you all had a great weekend and a lovely Easter! Mother Nature threatened to rain on our previously scheduled camping trip so that was cancelled at short notice. Doug and I really wanted to go somewhere, so we packed up a few things and headed north on Saturday morning. We took the quad and some picnic food and made our way to Young, Arizona.

When we checked into our motel in Young, the owner told us about a property for sale, so we dropped our things off in our room and headed out to take a look. I wanted the property simply for the awesome chicken coop, but other factors  played in the mix so we won't be purchasing this land anytime soon. Or ever. Pity.

We had lunch at the Antler's which, by the way, is some fantastic food! The original place burned to the ground a couple of years ago and the new owners have really stepped up the food fare a whole bunch of notches. We shared a giant cheeseburger, and had a piece of the most amazing butter cake with peaches. And Doug beat me at a game of pool.

It was a bit stormy to be out on the quad on Saturday, but we went anyway. One of the {many} times that I asked Doug to stop so I could take a photo proved fruitful in that there were a bunch of deer up ahead that might have been scared away had we not stopped. Doug counted seven there - for a total count of eleven deer spotted during our weekend. We also counted one jackrabbit, a squirrel, two lizards, and a roadrunner. Lots of critter counting this weekend!



I watched all weekend for a rainbow and finally spotted this one, just peeking up from the tip of a mountain...

Note the heart shaped cloud in the sky just above Douglas...

This next photo is something that I need to look up - or ask my brother-in-law Michael about. These were growing in a remote area and neither Doug or I had ever seen anything like them. Some kind of mushroom maybe? Does anyone know?  Edit: The plant is called squawroot - conopholis Americana.

The airstrip in Young, Arizona:


All in all it was a fantastic weekend! I had Friday off work so that made it a nice three-day run, and you can never go wrong with a road trip in Arizona during the month of April. What a great reminder of this beautiful state we live in.

This week is going to be a busy one, and I know the new weekend will be here before we know it. No sense wishing away the week ahead though - there's no telling what kinds of things are in store for us.

Here's wishing all of us a week full of really great surprises.

13 comments:

Susi said...

Lovely photos. Looks and sounds like a lovely place to visit. Enjoy your week.

debs14 said...

Amazing scenery - and wildlife! Sounds like you had a fun weekend.

Sian said...

I've said it before, but it definitely bears saying again - one of the chief pleasures of blogging is being able to share in places from all over the world. what views.

Carrie Rosalind said...

Awesome pics! Glad you had a fun time! <3

Abi said...

These are just stunning photos Deb. Such incredibly big skies (I know that sounds funny!) I love that heart shaped cloud too.

Gail said...

Wonderful sights Deb. I love the heart shaped cloud picture and the deer crossing the road.

Amy said...

Hi Deb, you have some great cloud shots from the weekend and I really like the photo of the stream. Glad you had a lovely time away together :)

cate behind the purple door said...

What does a jack rabbit look like?

Sounds like a fabulous plan b, even if the sky was a little bumpy!

Karen said...

It's always good to get away for awhile, and it looks like you found a great place! Lovely photos!

alexa said...

Wow, those skyscapes are just amazing ... I love the photo with the water/stream in, especially. Mind you, the heart cloud is delightful too - what great serendipity! Such a joy to see your part of the world - thank you!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Thanks for taking us along on your weekend. That is quite a coop! And I love the heart-shaped cloud above Doug's head.
Rinda

Ruth said...

You really do advertise Arizona extremely well! Fabulous photos.

Becky said...

I love reading about your trips with Doug and your photos are always so fantastic!

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