Love the iconic saguaros, Kevin.
I just started hiking or trail walking in the last couple of months. I live close to Lookout Mountain in North Phoenix so it’s my go-to destination. It’s about a 3 mile walk from the house and around the mountain. I’m hoping to make it to the top soon. Next goal is North Mountain. There is actually a Hohokam observatory archaeology site up on one of those hills.
Although I live somewhat nearby - I’m in Fountain Hills - I haven’t yet been to either Lookout Mountain or North Mountain.
Consulting HAZ, I see:
And, for North Mountain:
I see that Lookout Mountain has a climbing area too!
How hot is it?
86 when we started and 95 when we finished. I drank around four liters of water.
Do you see a lot of butterflies on your walks? I am involved with butterflies and moths of North America and the local expert says they are not active this year due to the drought. My husband has found none in the Sam Bernardino mountains.
We see some butterflies in the spring, though I don’t recall seeing many this year. I tend to see more butterflies somewhat north of where I do most of my hiking. We saw these butterflies several years ago (in July) while hiking near Horton Springs:
So gorgeous. The website is BAMONA (butterflies and moths of North America. Gosh, will id them. Can I steal them for the website?
If you see others, please send them my way.
You have my permission to use that photo.
Thanks so much. Your butterflies will become famous. I will send you the link. You said years ago. Does your camera have the date ?
July 3, 2015. The date is in both the filename and in the EXIF too.
I sent you a link to another photo privately. (Let’s continue the butterfly discussion in private…)
I did two mountains yesterday and this weekend. A couple of pictures from Sunday. Downtown Phoenix in the distance in the first photo.
7.4 miles at our local county park on Tuesday night. I heard coyotes as I started out and later saw some rabbits, a lizard, and an owl. The coyotes started howling again after I took the photo below.