July 1st to the 5th. After our lovely walk through the Abo Ruins we head to Mountainaire where we take the turnoff that delivers us to Manzano Mountain State Park where we spend the long holiday weekend. There isn’t a pine tree in sight, but the park information page says there is. I enjoy these high desert cactus that cover the land on both sides of the road.
Manzano is a small park with spaces pretty close together, but it has a couple of trails that the boys and I walk every morning, water, and a dump station. A few sites have shade/shelters, and all have a table and fire ring. The road up to the park and in the park is dirt, and becomes very dusty as more and more vehicles come in. Although our spot has no one on either side of us, we are by the dump station and it is heavily used and the dust is pretty bad. We are, however, blessed with shade!
Not only are the trails nice, there are some wildflowers blooming along the way.
I have no idea what these brown things are. I thought they might be dried up snow plant, but on closer inspection, not.
Quartzsite, Arizona, our winter refuge, is cool with lots of moisture; it is turning green. Lush, spring grasses and plants put on a show that is beautiful in its simplicity. One would not even notice if you hadn’t spent several winters here, or at least experienced a few of the winter months at some point. Usually the greening of the desert is so brief it’s hard to imagine it even happens. This year it happens.
The spring flowers put on a colorful show and all of it with the “purple mountain majesty and the brilliant blue sky depending on the hour, is breathtaking.
There must be a lizard in here somewhere!
The middle of February brings unusual cold, even frosty temps, lots of cold wind and some rain. Many hours spent inside reading, planning, writing.
The boys need a little walk a couple of times a day and I bundle up and take them out. It’s cold enough that my little Fries doesn’t mind at all when we head back to the van.
They play, nap in the sun if it has made an appearance, and just generally go with flow. On Occasion there’s a row, but for the most part they get along splendidly.