Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

SixWord Saturday 1.22.22

We’re taking a day break from the Chihuly exhibit (back tomorrow, though) to travel south to Tucson and the Tohono Chul botanical gardens. Membership at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix comes with reciprocal admission to over 300 gardens throughout the U.S. so we decided to take advantage of that on one of the last days off my husband has for a bit. Little did we know what a gem this garden was! But more about the garden itself will have to wait until we’ve finished ooh-ing and aah-ing over Chihuly. For today, though, I have first a lovely set of doors leading into a inner courtyard and from there into the bistro. The left-hand one even has a bonus door.

I felt these doors had a very European feel to them but then the Southwest often takes a nod to Spain and similar European areas.

I also enjoyed this gate and the small specialized garden on the other side.

Tomorrow it’s back to glass but I hope you enjoyed the little side trip and that it whet your appetite for learning more about this wonderful garden.

Thursday Doors 1.13.21

Six Word Saturday 1.1.22

It may be winter and almost 2022 but fall has finally arrived in our part of Arizona. 🙂

And from another tree.

Life in Colour: kaleidoscope

Life in Colour: kaleidoscope

Bougainvillea are everywhere here, bright and colorful. But beware of thorns!

for Life in Colour: kaleidoscope

Jo’s walking again and so are we after much too long! I posted about Mr. Lemmon before, a mountain near Tucson where you can pass through five or six climate regions, starting with low desert and ending near the top with a ski area and lots of trees. You drive the designated scenic byway up and take it back down and there are plenty of pullouts where you can stop to take in the scenery. The intrepid cycle rather than drive and there are more than you’d think as Mt. Lemmon is the most popular biking climb in the US and one that can be done pretty much year-round.

A mile and a half from the top most people stop to take in the view or eat at the restaurant and this is where you catch the ski lift in winter. But although the road continues to the top, my husband suggested we walk. Now a mile and a half doesn’t sounds like much, but it’s a bit steep and at about 9,000′, provides a lot less oxygen than where we live at 1237’/377m! Fortunately, the walk doesn’t lack views, the perfect excuse to stop for a moment, although they’re worth stopping for whatever the reason.

There were lots of these fuzzy guys still looking nice and green even while catching downed leaves. Up this high there are deciduous trees, including aspen, to give up their leaves so I could feel as though it really was fall. 🙂

It made me happy to find this vintage, beautifully restored 1971 VW Beetle at a pullout as I had a bright yellow ’75 Super Beetle for a number of years. It was a sad when we had to sell it because we couldn’t get a child’s car seat in the back. There are quite a few older Beetles here because there’s no snow or salt to attack them.

The most exciting think for me was finding beautiful frost near the top in areas where the sun didn’t reach. 🙂

The view from the top was rather special. We’d hoped to be able to see the observatory but the road to it was closed and we weren’t sure if we were allowed to hike up. Besides, we still had to go back down and although it does take a lot less time, it works your quads hard, just in different spots than climbing up. We felt rather good about completing the hike, especially since my husband has been working almost non-stop and when he does get a chance to exercise, he cycles, again using leg muscles very differently from walking. It put us in the mood to enjoy our first in-restaurant meal together since moving here in early 2020, at a Greek restaurant that garnered lots and lots of great online reviews.

for Jo’s Monday Walk

Patti has some excellent examples of shapes and designs in her challenge post for this week. I had to include this first quote because it made me laugh at how we sometimes feel when we see the weekly challenge or some other online challenge:

“Challenges are intended to shape you not to destroy you.”
― Christine E. Szymanski

Now for some examples of shapes and designs from God and man.

“I realized that day that blessings come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.”
― Craig Groeschel, Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us. ~Winston Churchill

“Wide, curved, tall or long, so many shapes but none are wrong.”
― Hermione Little, All Our Lovely Shapes

Keep in shape: if you look good, you will feel confident. ~ Carolina Herrera 🙂

We’ll continue the black/grey challenge with a rather grey sky and grey outlines of mountains in the distance. This many clouds are unusual in Arizona where the sun shines almost every day. Because of that, the clouds (and rain if we can get it) are a bit of a treat. As you can see from the green, if the desert gets a bit of rain, it doesn’t appear nearly as desert-y. This shot was taken on a past bike ride with my husband.

for Life in Colour: black/grey

and also Hammad’s Weekend skies challenge