We packed up and headed out early in the morning, hoping to beat the winds (they blew all day and night anyway) and drop off our 2” hitchhiker somewhere along the way…
There’s an incredibly long (12 miles) 6% climb out of Bullhead City and we were sure many vehicles must overheat on the way up. Even so, it took some time before we noticed that someone has very conveniently left large jugs of water every half-kilometer or so up that long hot climb.
Since we had climbed about 3000 feet, the desert eased to forests. As we got closer to Williams (we visited it in our March 2016 blog) we noticed a forest fire!
It turned out to be a prescribed burn by the Forestry Service. A quick lunch in the last Route 66 town to be bypassed by the interstate and then we headed south to meet our Maxx Trails friends at “our tree” in the desert south of Sedona.
Once again, we wakened to the delightful sights and sounds of balloons landing at our doorstep.
We couldn’t wait to head off on one of two hikes we’d planned with our Maxx Trails friends. Once again, we were awestruck by the incredible beauty of this place – the red rocks, weathered and rounded, deep greens of the piñon pine and juniper trees, and the contrasts of prickly cactus with spiky agave, deep blue skies and red dust of the trail beneath our feet.
Speaking of red dust, Murphy gamely prances along on all our hikes even though she must be taking 48 steps to one of ours, and she soaks it up like a sponge!
Next, a hike to The Devil’s Arch!
So stay tuned….