|View from the back deck|
The house was great but the yard was full of weeds so we had our work cut out for us. She told us not to work more than an hour or so a day, but some days I got a bit carried away seeing how nice it looked after I finished. I failed to take photos of the yard, but I managed to clean out the entire back and got about halfway done with the front. Jim came behind me with a torch hooked up to a propane tank to burn those that were left behind. There were some windy days where he couldn't safely burn, but it definitely looked a lot better. We hope to go back and take care of her cats at the house across the street when she is able to travel sometime in the future. Never can pass up an opportunity to visit the soothing red rocks of Sedona.
We hiked or walked every morning, once on the unnamed trails just a few steps up the street below Wild Horse Mesa. It's always good to be able to hike without having to drive to a trailhead.
|Bell Rock in the middle|
We were staying in Village of Oak Creek, so Kathryn recommended the Baldwin trail just a few miles away, one which we had never been on before. It follows along Oak Creek for a while, a pleasant, shady trail that is popular with families with kids who enjoy playing in the water. What a nice change from desert scenery.
Where the loop trail didn't follow the creek there were open red rock views.
At one point we intersected with a bike trail, just one of many technical trails around here.
A few mornings we walked the neighborhood from the house, a lovely area a couple miles from the golf course.
The day we hiked the Baldwin we also took a detour on the Templeton trail. It went by Cathedral Rock and I really wanted to go back and do the entire trail. Since I couldn't talk Jim into getting up early to avoid the heat, I went by myself and was on the trail about 7:15. It was nice and cool and there were just a handful of cars in the parking lot. I only saw a few other hikers and several mountain bikers over the 6.5 mile hike. Wish my dear partner was more of a morning person, but this is what he missed.
Other than that little trip, which made us feel like things were a bit more normal, we are now in the process of trying to decide what we want to do when our lease ends on July 31st. New management has taken over the apartment and we aren't sure we want to stay. Jim's latest idea is to find some land and put a double-wide on it. Who knows, we may end up living in a trailer again!