Saturday was the big Dawn to Dusk mountain bike race here. It rained for several hours in the early morning but cleared up later, although it never got out of the 50s. We decided to take a late afternoon hike a few miles down the Bluff trail to the Pemberton, where the race was taking place. We could see dark clouds in the distance but thought they were moving away based on the wind direction.
We ended up getting caught in a thunderstorm with cold rain and sleet for a couple miles on the way back. The lightning was pretty scary. We had no idea there could be thunderstorms in the desert this time of year so I Googled it. Apparently the Phoenix area averages one thunderstorm in December every two years. It is also the coldest and cloudiest month, but we’re not complaining.
Sunday was still pretty blustery so we decided to go for another hike, this time on the Scenic trail. Somehow we never made it to this trail in all the times we’ve been here. It’s a 4.5 mile loop, climbing up and along a ridge with nice views.
The past two days we’ve ridden our bikes on several different trails and Jim is having a great time. We really love riding the trails here, it’s such a nice change from hiking.
I’ve been slowly working on cleaning and polishing the exterior of the Lazy Daze, while Jim has been going crazy scanning piles of important papers and receipts with the incredibly small Fujitsu Scansnap scanner we bought a couple weeks ago. It does a great job and takes up so much less space than our old flatbed scanner. And since this is our month to take care of business, tomorrow it’s back to the Mayo Clinic, with a mammogram for me and a dermatologist visit for Jim. Fun, fun.