Back to the Mountains – a picture post

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, first of all, THANK YOU!! :) and second of all, you’ll be glad to hear about a place familiar to us; our favorite spot in the beautiful White Mountains of eastern Arizona. This is where you first heard of it. Here’s the follow-up from last year where you see our lovely tree burned to the ground.

In celebration of quitting my job, the last hurrah before school started, and my husband having 3 days off, we headed back to the our favorite spot for a cool break from the 115° heat. Here are some AAaaaahhhh moments:

setting up camp
Aspens and fresh air
afternoon storms building over the lake
Butter and Pepper
my son’s friend got his first rabbit, and found an elk antler
chillin like a villain
we happened upon some unlucky trout who had a taste for Powerbait
the catch of the day (click for full image)
rain coming in from the east
the guys go on a hike, and see a coyote. he was hunting rabbits, too.
pretty pink flowers of some sort
The skeleton of our once beautiful Ponderosa Pine giant
this is what it looked like before lest year’s fire
we had a great time, relaxed, and enjoyed the best of eastern AZ

 …and then my battery died.

The nice thing to know is that the area is bouncing back nicely. Fire kills forests, but in the ashes come new life. Grass is growing thick, and our camp spot had the biggest surge of baby Aspens that we’ve seen since we’ve been coming here. The wildlife will feed on the fresh new growth, and the whole cycle will begin again.

Thanks for coming along with us, and I hope each of you has a chance to get out and enjoy a nice weekend with your family.

Take care!



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7 thoughts on “Back to the Mountains – a picture post”

    1. Yes, it was great to get away from the hot summer desert for a few days. I’m trying to take a cue from you, and due more visual posts once in awhile. It’s a balm to the eyes.
      Readers, please visit Lyn’s blog for some gorgeous views of England!


  1. Although the weather is beautiful today, here on “Rocky Top” in Tennessee, we’ve been rushing around all morning. Your photo journey to the wilderness brought me back to a calm center.

    Now, we’re off to the Farmer’s Market! M-m-m. The Mennonite Ladies make the best baked goods ever: Jalapeno Cheese Bread, Sourdough, Whole Wheat, White, Apple Cinnamon Bread, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Fried Pies (of course) and much more. And add a big glass of homemade lemonade for $1.00.

    The farmers have tomatoes the size of a plate, Sweet Corn almost as good as Wisconsin, Beans – the local favorite, melons, colorful carrots, and an array of flowers we haven’t seen at other markets. $4.00 for a beautiful bouquet.

    For some reason, the vendors applaud when my sister and I arrive. (It’s a very small market, right here in our neighborhood.)

    Retirement in a vacation Resort is about what you would imagine it to be! And the beauty of the scenery and the warmth of the people is free.

    We’re so glad you can make a similar escape to your own patch of heaven, there in Arizona.



  2. I’m so happy that you’ve remembered to keep us updated on the burned Ponderosa pine tree. I loved your original post, and I love seeing how the landscape is recovering.


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