We haven't done much that anyone would consider exciting but we're happy. Second cup outside in the sun or shade and the same for Happy Hour. In between we either sit and read, do a little housework or go exploring. We have been coming to this desert for many years so not a lot is new. Familiar is soothing.
|such interesting clouds lately|
We're waiting for the temps to drop a bit before doing some hiking in nearby Spur Cross Ranch Conservation area but the other day we went auto hiking into the desert.
We were heading into the Tonto National Forest surrounding Bartlett Lake but discovered the two jeep roads that we had earmarked were closed in an effort to restore the areas after a fire some years ago. We had lunch with us and wanted to eat by the water so we just went on to Bartlett Lake, a place we've been many times before.
We didn't have Lewis with us, in the past we found the lake to be a fairly busy place.
We were sorry we left him home this day - the lake shore was virtually deserted and the water level was low enough that we could drive along through Bartlett Flats to the every end of the lake. He would have had a ball.
We took out our chairs and enjoyed a pleasant riparian lunch with our feathered friends.
|I can't decide.....|
|Sharp Shinned or Cooper's Hawk?|
|sorry for the fuzzy picture, he was in constant motion -|
Say's Phoebe perhaps?
Yesterday we hosted Happy Hour for two familiar faces and two new faces. Ingrid and Al are staying at a nearby campground and their good friends David and Faye are staying in this campground and volunteering at the Spur Cross Conservation area.
|here's my candid shot of Al, David, Dave and Lewis with Ingrid photo bombing|
|Thanks, Ingrid, for the more formal photo of us all!|
(David, Faye, Al, me, Dave, Ingrid and sweet Lewis)
Today we drove around busy Scottsdale gathering the ingredients for our quiet Thanksgiving dinner at Usery Mountain Regional Park next week.
We returned to find our empty campground filling quickly with the weekend crowd. We had an abbreviated happy hour outside, Dave found his chair to be quite small tonight. He's a good sport and Lewis sits very still so Dave is still able to enjoy his gin and tonic.
Our site has given us a front row view to some very pretty, very different sunsets this week.
Tomorrow evening we'll meet good friends Dave and Linda at the nearby Tonto Grill at Ranch Manana.