The area of Arizona we were in was west and north of Phoenix. It was pretty, but very flat. I claim to be a flat lander but I really mean hills and coulees and trees and bluffs and stuff. This was flat, but then, way off in the distance, were Mountains, really rugged, beautiful Mountains.
We took a loooog drive one afternoon on a 30 mile loop through some amazing country. I am just so thankful that there hadn't been any rain for a week or so. For some reason I was a little flinchy about flash floods. Maybe it was the 6" or so of rain they had about 10 days before! We drove through some pretty tight spots. Coulees that had, at one point in the not to distant past, been raging with water. The county had a patrol and backhoe out fixing things, almost like it was just for us.
I have to say that one of the highlights of our trip was getting to see wild burros. The only way to top that for Jay would be to have seen some Havalinas. The wild pigs. (Not sure of the spelling and spell check didn't know what to do with what I spelled.) At one point during our drive, he slams on the brakes, I am scrambling to grab things sliding around on the dash, yelling, what, what!!! Jay finally finds his tounge and sputters "burros"! Well I couldn't see the little buggers, i looked and looked, then, there they were.
Kind of like "Where's Waldo." I was so excited. I grabbed my camera and dashed across the road. Jay is hollering there's another one. Where , I can't see it! oh there it is. Oh Oh!!! Then Jay yells "you'd better look out. Hey I think he's gonna take you!" Well how could I see that with a camera plastered to my face. He was rustling around in the brush and stomping his feet. But what the heck there was a little coulee between him and me.
Can you see the third one in the brush in the middle? He was the one getting huffy! My camera doesn't zoom in much so I was wanting to get closer but Jay and the coulee prevented that. Probably a good thing!
Oh and Jay was getting excited about all the river rock we were finding. He was willing so i had him load up some bigger ones. Beautiful. But then he worried about whether we could do that or not. I wasn't worried at all, i was planning a landscaping project for this spring. Burros and rock! hummmmm.