(not ‘part the first’ but ‘my first visit’ because why WOULDN’T I stop at such an awesome spot twice?)
What with one thing & another I had a choice the second day between reaching the Queen Creek Walmart at like 3pm OR finding a place to stop for the afternoon somewhere after Salt River Canyon, so of course I found a nice place to stop.
I mean. TREES.
Loiosh went up one, of course. About six of them, actually, but I only got one good pic out of the lot.
I let the boys run rampant for a bit but then I wanted to settle down in a chair, so I got them all hitched up to a table so I could keep an eye on them. This required treats.
Tom got bored with that real quick tho.
My youngest niece (my cousin’s kid, strictly speaking, but close enough) sent me a jar of Good Rocks for Christmas, so of course I’m going to return the favour! I found a LOT of Good Rocks & other treasures, enough that I sat down to sew a pouch to hold them all out of a couple scraps I had kicking around.
Loiosh was Unimpressed with my industry.
After a while I got bored & wiggly, so I went wandering. There’s a creek along the back of the recreation area, & it’s got a proper fallen-tree bridge.
It’s like. The PERFECT mountain creek.
Tom came along, too. Crossed the bridge & looked like he wanted to just keep going.
… I mean. Feels.
But he came back, if only because I shook the treats at him.
It’s just the new growth but this juniper(?) really struck me — yes, it really was that blue-green:
& last, I am hella proud of this one:
SO MUCH better than a Walmart parking lot!
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