Solo Trip to Town

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I got up early enough today to see the pre-sunrise.  Four Peaks Mountain, embossed on the Arizona license plate, was clearly visible in the distance as the sun met it's crest. It didn't take long to get up and get on it's path across the sky.  Beauty at it's most simplistic.  The way that I'd choose in all things.  I spent quite a bit of time watching the numerous birds feeding at the feeder.  One dove was really avidly eating, so I shooed it away and got an interesting shot of her on a dead tree nearby.  She came back later and had a few more bites.  i did notice one house finch, male.  A beautiful, small, read headed bird that we also have in Montana later in the year.

In spite of having a sore foot, I took the bike out for about three and a half miles around the roads in the campground.  It's a bit hilly here, but the ride was invigorating and gave me a challenge in finding my way back to the site.  Not many people about in the early hours though.  I met two neighbors with two very quiet dogs.  The fellow said that the coyotes/coyoats were meandering through the area last night.  One of his dogs made sure that he knew about it.

I took a short drive into Fountain Hills to shop a bit.  It seemed strange to make all of my own decisions, now that Tonto isn't here.  I went to the Dollar Store and bought a metal pole to hang the bird feeder and a cheap set of small screwdrivers.  I needed both actually.  A new experience.  Actually needing something...  I picked up milk and some wholewheat hamburger buns.  Then back to the campground.

I hung out the rest of the day and just watched the clouds and read. One book that I've been reading, "In Search of the Quoz", has finally worn me down.  I had to give it up.  The author, quite accomplished in verbal gymnastics, went on and on about on and on.  I've been reading it for about a month.  It was given to me by my neighbor, Chris, over a year ago and I felt obligated, sort of, to give it a go.  And it went...

For dinner, I made hamburgers with garlic.  Five cloves of garlic and a goodly amount of habenero sauce put a bit of zip into the fare.  I added a slice of Havarti cheese to make sure my diet remains balanced.  Oh, onions and pickles to add some bulk...gotta have bulk. They turned out fine.  "Took the wrinkle out", as my dad would say.

The sunset, although not spectacular, produced some nice effects on the clouds above.  I'm offering those shots for your perusal.  A nice evening after a warm day.
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Dennis on

Is Pete at McDowell now. I am familiar with that area. Sunrises there can be awesome. I have some friends who live in Fountsin Hills and the have a great view toward the east. Enjoy.

Mary C. on

Yes, may now have all the garlic you alone has its advantages too! :-)

Mary C. on

Oh, there may be a 12-Step program for people who can't get through that book you were reading...I think it's called "Quoz-Anon-and-on-and-on-and-on-and-on-and-on.................

Mike Noble on

As always...nice pics thought the one dove on a mission looks got a good angle on that one. The Quoz book....isn't that by the author of Blue Highways? Blue Highways is an easier read....and he had one after that about boating across the country, I believe. Looks like you are slowly working your way towards Utah. Snowed here yesterday but quickly melted....well, most of it anyway. But soon you will be home to mow your lawn....don't hurry, the grass will wait.

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