Yesterday we drove about 15 miles north of Flagstaff to the Arizona Snowbowl. No, there isn’t snow at this time of year, but you can ride a chairlift to the top, play disc golf, and mountain bike or hike one of the many nearby trails.
It’s been a while since we’ve done a “real” hike, so we opted for the Kachina Trail. It’s over 5 miles long, but we hiked about 2.5 miles and turned back. There are some ups and downs and rocky areas to climb over, and we could tell by our heavy breathing we were at 9,500’, but it is a lovely trail. Being a Saturday morning, we had to share it with quite a few other people, though.
There were wild flowers, aspen groves, boulders, and occasional views through the trees. A cool, pleasant place to spend a couple hours.
We started the morning with a herd of pronghorn in our backyard. Many of them were lying in the grass and we didn’t even notice them until we looked with binoculars.
And ended the evening with a herd of elk joining the pronghorn.
Have I mentioned how much we like it here?