Thanks to Amy for inspiring me to get out and enjoy the beauty that surrounds me everyday. After seeing her slideshow of her trip to AZ, I decided I wanted to take my family hiking on South Mountain, one of the many mountain parks in the Phoenix area. We headed up a pretty easy trail, perfect for the kids. We had a great time, and we really enjoyed the beauty of what we saw. The vibrant wildflowers, the variety of cacti, the pristine blue skies, and the little chipmunk looking for food in the rocks. We went about 2/3 mile up the mountain before we turned around a came back down. I am so proud of my little 4-year-old! She walked all the way up and back down without even complaining.
The desert is definitely different from other places I've lived, but offers a beauty all it's own. Here are some pics from our hiking adventure.