Stonewear Designs Liberty Skort

Right before we left Idaho, I was lucky enough to win a Liberty Skort from Stonewear Designs. I had horrific memories of skorts from being a kid (remember when they looked like shorts from the back and only looked like a skirt in the front?!) but I was excited to test it out. It turns out I love it!

Picketpost Mountain

The skort is really comfortable. The shorts inside tend to ride up a bit when you’re out being active but it really isn’t too bad. My favorite thing about the skort is being able to wear it on a hike and then to be able to head into town for dinner and still feel appropriately dressed. Stonewear also manufactures their clothing in the United States (my skort is made from non-American material but I’ll take what I can get!) It’s been a great addition to my van clothing assortment.

Hawaii Lava Flow

Hawaii Hiking

Happy 3rd Birthday Sprocket!

Sprocket is a slightly spoiled dog. Last Monday, we had a BBQ to celebrate his 3rd birthday. He even had three doggie guests there to help him eat his dog birthday cake. I wasn’t super successful in taking pictures with all the action going on but here’s the birthday boy before his guests arrived:

Sprocket in the desertHere’s what was happening once they showed up:

Sprocket's Birthday

Sprocket's 3rd Birthday Party

Sprocket's Birthday

Sprocket's 3rd Birthday

A Walk Up An Arroyo

Sometimes we don’t set off with a destination in mind. We get in the Jeep with the dog, some water, the camera and go. Somewhere along the line we’re bound to see a cool old car, a mine shaft, a new road, or a mountain. On a beautiful desert January day, we spotted an arroyo that needed some exploring, so we went.

Dusty Sprocket in Jeep

Dusty Dog

Hiking

Rocks

Forest

Sprocket loved having his Ruffwear boots to protect him from the cacti spines! He’s a trooper when we have to help him but it’s nice to have a little bit of protection.

Sprocket in the desert

Sprocket in the desert

Sprocket’s Grip Trex boots were provided by Ruffwear.

Cactus Of The Week: Buckhorn Cholla

Cane Cholla

Buckhorn Cholla
Cylindropuntia acanthrocarpa

Buckhorn cholla is found throughout southern Nevada and Utah and throughout Arizona (its range also extends into northern Mexico). It has stem segments that are about 6″ long and grows into a tall (2′-8′) shrub like structure.

Cane Cholla

The Buckhorn Cholla blooms in early summer producing yellow flowers about 3″ wide.

Buckhorn Cholla

Buckhorn Cholla

Sunday Sermon

“The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions. This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters, meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked. This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.”

Anais Nin B&W

 

 

 

-Anais Nin

Desert Car

One of the things I find really amazing about the desert having grown up in the wet Pacific Northwest is how long things are preserved out here. When you stumble upon something in the wet woods, there’s often nothing much left. Here, there’s often enough left for some awesome pictures.

On one of our latest adventures, we found this old car parked off of a BLM road. The interior had been burnt out but I still found plenty to take pictures of.

Desert Car

Desert Car

Desert Car

Childs Mountain

A couple weekends ago, we joined in on a sunset tour of Childs Mountain. The road to the top is usually gated but Cabeza Prieta opens the gate once a month for the public. The views were incredible and made us want to get out and explore, explore, explore!

Childs Mountain Forrest on Childs Mountain Ajo, Arizona from Childs MountainChilds Mountain Sunset TourView from Childs Mountain

Morteros

One of our morning coffee buddies, “Boozer,” asked if we would take him out in the Jeep so that he could show us some of the cool things to be seen in the desert around Ajo. We happily agreed and last week, Forrest, Boozer, Kathy, and I set off on a little adventure—Boozer promised to show us some morteros (holes in rocks where the Papago indians used to grind mesquite pods into meal).

Tour guide Boozer
Tour guide Boozer
Morteros
Morteros
Morteros
Morteros
Good little indian
Good little indian.