This morning I took a break from working remotely to go for a short walk in the desert. I was hoping to find blooming cacti to photograph, but instead it seemed like hummingbirds were following me everywhere, so I got a chance to photograph them instead.
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Yesterday I went for a photo hike in the desert behind Jay’s parents house. I was amazed at how active the desert was with so many birds chirping and lizards darting around. Soon the desert will start blooming again with beautiful bright cactus flowers, but for now spring is through song.
We spent about two weeks in southern Arizona, an area known for bird watching. In addition to spotting birds at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area, and Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, we also delighted at all the birds around our campsites. Here are some pictures featuring the birds who were willing to stay still long enough to have their portrait taken. If you can identify a bird, please do so in the comments. Thanks!
This week we had an unexpected but marvelous adventure! For awhile now we have been talking about wanting to try bike touring or bike packing, but we weren’t sure where we could try it out that would fit our criteria: A) an easy bike ride B) a safe place to leave our car and C) a nice place to camp. Well, when we went to visit the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area, we got to talking to the staff at the San Pedro House and they let us know that there was a primitive campsite that was accessible by biking or hiking on an easy four mile dirt road. It only costs $2 for a back country permit. We were sold on the idea as soon as we learned that we could leave our car in a parking lot that would be locked up over night and watched by volunteer caretakers. Perfect! Our first bike pack would be to the Miller Camp along the San Pedro River.
Overall, the overnight bike packing adventure was a success! We might try it again soon.
This week we enjoyed celebrating New Years and my birthday. We also had the chance to ride at McDowell Mountain Regional Park with Jay’s dad. Today we leave Phoenix and head back to life in motion. We will be spending the next two weeks (approximately), exploring southern Arizona. We look forward to visiting Tucson, Bisbee, Sierra Vista, and Tubac. If you know someone in southern Arizona we should meet up with, let us know. We are also interested in recommendations for free camping and for volunteer opportunities.
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Hours volunteered: 5 hours, Sharon is working on a project for Fresh Start Treasures
States: 1 – Arizona: Phoenix, Chandler, Tucson
Budget: Even with some expenses this week we managed to stay under thanks to Christmas money.
People Visited: No new visits
Nights under the stars: 1
Best meal: Birthday dinner at Sushi on Shea and a Tammie Coe cake for dessert
Best beer: Alaskan Winter Ale – Jay and I were both pleasantly surprised by this seasonal beer that features spruce tips.
Growing up in Burke, I spent a lot of time at Royal Lake. It was at the end of our street and was our closest place for recreation and nature. I played soccer at the fields there, tried to fish with slices of cheese on a string at the dock and used the exercise loop in high school to get in shape. Now that we are back home to attend my best friend Terri’s wedding, I went back to Royal Lake to try bird watching. Who knew there were so many species of birds at our local lake! I hope you enjoy these photos that I took along the way.