I’d always wanted to stay until May and see the Saguaro’s bloom,. This was the year! They are awesome to see, as the buds seem to appear overnight out of nowhere. They first bloom when they are from 6-12 feet tall, about 35 to 70 years old. The buds open between 10pm and midnight, only to close by late afternoon and never to open again. Since I’m riding my bike every morning, it’s always exciting to check them out and see the new blooms from the night before. Each arm may have several dozen flowers. The first one started budding the end of April and there are now 4 large Saguaro’s with blooms in various stages throughout the park. The prickly pair are also blooming their bright flowers. The rest of the desert hasn’t had many wildflowers this year.
April 18th marked 6 years since we lost Robert. We decided to take flowers to the Hall of Flame in Phoenix to recognize the day. Besides one of the world‘s largest collection of firefighting vehicles, they have a Hall of Heroes that lists all the firefighter‘s who gave their lives in the line of duty. Their curator was very nice, coming down to talk with us, assist with pictures, and tell us how honored they were to have Robert included in their Hall.. He really made us feel special and so proud to be there. It was the perfect thing to do that day.
We went back to the park with our bikes a couple weeks later to get the caches we had missed. We also stopped at Tempe Town Lake and rode our bikes along side their waterway, while finding more caches. I included a picture of Gary sitting on the wall at the lake. The bike rack worked great, so we’re looking forward to having the bikes with us this summer.
We’ve talked with folks who will be up at our old campgrounds and right now the concerns are for the flooding everyone is expecting. The snow is still really deep there, so opening dates are very uncertain. I’m sure it’s difficult for those trying to plan campground openings, a guessing game this year.
While my quilting has ended for the year, Gary continues to play pool. After a dry spell, he's taken a 2nd and 1st in the last two tournaments he played in. His pool league ends the 31st of May, and as of now, we plan on leaving the next day for Show Low, AZ. It’s in the mountains and is usually about 20 degrees cooler than our area. Temps will probably be in the triple digits by then, so it will feel good. We’ll stay at an Elks lodge there and then go on to Canyon de Chelly, on of our favorite spots from a few years ago. From there we’ll head through the four corners and into Cortez, CO, to another Elks. We want to revisit Mesa Verde National Park, some of the other National Monuments in Southwestern CO, and the Durango area. Then we’ll head north thru Utah toward Wyoming. We’re looking forward to a relaxing summer with family and old friends in UT and WY. A quick picture of Spicy dreaming of chipmunks in the forest.
401 Twin Ridge Ave.
Evanston, WY, 82930
Dancing north toward cooler temps……………………………
Hugs, Katy, Gary, Rusty and Spicy