High Country Hike


Yesterday, Jim and I hiked at the Aspen grove at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, AZ. The wild flowers, Aspens, ferns, and cool temperatures made for a nourishing hike because an hour south, it’s too hot and dry for our liking, but up at 7,000 ft., it threatened to rain on us all morning and we were thrilled.  Here are five + six shots of our hike. Come join us.











Let it rain!  Which shot do you like best?

18 thoughts on “High Country Hike

  1. My favourite is the white barked trees with the yellow flowers.


  2. Thank you! So many colors that day. It was a welcome relief to the heat.


  3. Rather scenic walk.


    1. Hi Michael. Very colorful day inspite of the washed out sky.


  4. Beautiful photography. You have an ‘eye.’ Lovely contrasts of color.


  5. I can smell the Aspen trees….


  6. What beautiful territory for a hike!


    1. Walking in Hart Prairie is like walking in a postcard. 🙂


  7. What a gorgeous hike it must have been Cindy, thanks for sharing. LOVE these pics!


  8. That looks like a lovely hike. My favorite shot, by the way, is a tie between the red berries and the last one. Love how the mountain frames the scene.


    1. Hi Josh! Glad to “see” you again :). Hope you have had a lovely summer. I go back to school TODAY. Arg!
      Thanks for the red berry pick. I love how shiny they are. Yes, that landscape–I wish you could see it for my camera doesn’t do it justice. It’s breathtaking. 🙂


      1. Good to be back!

        I bet. The scenery is the best reason to live on Arizona.

        When is the fiat day with kids? And when is your last day?

        I start in professional development on the 14th. First day with kids is September 2nd. Teaching 4th and 5th grade this year; we’ll see how that goes.


        1. Sweet! Good for you, colleague. My AZ high school gets out a week BEFORE Memorial Day Weekend. But we have teacher in-service today – Friday. Kids return Monday, Aug 4.
          I’m ready! Good luck to you. As a man, students need a positive role model more than any other time, I feel. You’ll be great. 🙂


          1. In the past, I think I have been above average, maybe even good, with middle schoolers. Not sure how 4th and 5th graders will shake out for me. I know they’re a bit out of my comfort zone.

            And Arizona’s year starts and ends considerably earlier than Minnesota’s. Interesting.


  9. Outstanding and marvelous set of photos;
    Thanks for sharing.
    Best wishes, Aquileana 😀


    1. No, thank you! How kind your words–much appreciated. 🙂


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