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Yesterday’s Nature Walk

The poppies are blooming on the mountain ☺️

After the craft fair and lunch I took off in my shorts and sandals for a nature walk near the mountain.

I figured that was one way to get the bloat off and I had that too full feeling, plus, I wanted to see what was blooming on the mountain that we could see all the way from the highway. I found out from a friend here in the park, Irma, that they are poppies! I didn’t know poppies could also be yellow!

A close up of some in the field.

I should have thought more about my attire as I bolted for the hills, walking sandals probably wasn’t the best choice as rocky as the terrain is there. I managed it though. I followed the roads the workers have cut for the new development in the back of the park. As I neared the fields of the foothills, I was amazed how green everything has become! Then again, we’ve had an unusual amount of rain since we’ve been here. In fact, it rained again early this morning for about an hour and a half.

I stuck to the road at the very back of the park, that leads around to the State Park I believe. I didn’t dare go any further than where I could still see motor homes and park models. Even with that, I walked around 3 miles or more, but my fitness tracker did not start tracking until the halfway mark of my trek.

In the field facing the RV Resort way down the hill.

The poppies had exploded over this field which also is home to gnarled saguaro, cholló, and desert scrub of some kind. My nose and eyes were running so bad, I could barely see the rocks under my feet, much less look for a good one to add to my small collection. I pushed on.

See the barbed wire? I dared not cross it in my sandals.

The closer I got to the mountains the greener things got, and the poppies covered the area. I wanted badly to go across and nose around, but being alone, I knew it was unwise. No one knew where I was, so if I got hurt or stranded in any way, I’d be in trouble. As it was, I had a hard time finding my way back, because there was no clear cut through from where I was. I was persistent, however, and found a way through a field and across a small gully. That led me back to the development road which I followed around to the park, and eventually, the pool. No, I didn’t get in, but sat and grabbed with Irma for a while in the warm, wonderful sunshine before the eminent storm.

No ranch anymore. Just a sign and old mailbox.

I tried to find information on this old landmark, but found only more pictures others had taken just like mine!

I also took picture of Tucson’s Mt Lemmon with its snow capped peaks.

You can see it off in the distance as well as a train so long I couldn’t see the end or the beginning.

The white roof to the right of the giant saguaro is the Ostrich Ranch! From our site in the park it’s about a 20 minute walk, but only to the back of the ranch. You must enter from the front, accessible by car, ATVs, or a golf cart. By now, my knee was griping at me to finish up, so I snapped a few more pics and made my way back.

I cut through this field and wound my way back to the park.

I have always been the type to strike out on my own and walk wherever I want. I know it’s reckless, but I’m a stubborn sort. When I feel the urge, need to blow off steam, or just want to go exploring, that’s what I do! I remember once in the service, I got angry while out at a nightclub and simply left and started walking back to base. It was night and probably 5 miles away, but I was pissed and didn’t care. I was picked up by a trucker, but that’s a story for another day. Yeah, reckless, that’s me.

More poppies popping up along the roadside.

Yesterday the temps reached a warm 72 degrees and today it’s partly cloudy or sunny, however you want to look at it and currently 50 degrees. I’ve not been out to walk as of yet. 🤣😂 Shame on me!
I love this park and this area of Arizona. I’ve heard that Sedona is so much more beautiful, but the beauty I see here inspired me to write another poem on my Substack pub called Bedtime Snacks. You can read that here.

This unsolicited post was brought to you by me, I hope you enjoyed the nature walk! Happy Sunday everyone!

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WOD Challenge 10-30-22 Be Dazzled

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Be Dazzled

Before we’re dazzled by the crowds

Of ghosts and goblins dressed in shrouds

We’ll put the girls in creepy britches

Let them entertain the witches

I will don a black t-shirt

The skeleton is just a flirt

Not scary really, just for fun

It won’t cause kids to scream and run

We’ll pass out candy to everyone,

If, that is, we even get one!

My t-shirt is more festive than this one 🤣

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WOD Challenge 10-26-22 Action, Not Faction

In spite of all faction

I performed the swift action

Of doing my civil duty.

I exercised my right

To vote, not to fight

So I have a say, as I should.

Ignore the dissenting

And choose your own ending

Or you have no say in what matters

Do your duty and vote

Or your opinions will be bloat

And no one will care either way.

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#SoCS Just for Fun 10-15-22

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “happy place.” Write the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “happy place.” Have fun!

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I’m lying in a hammock

Stretched between two palms

Lookin at the blue skies

Trying to forget my qualms

A drink’s in my hand

Got my right foot in the sand

Feeling just as lazy as a cat

And if you believe a word of my tail

You are as crazy as a bat!

This just came to me as I was up too early, reading blogs and trying to go back to sleep. I sure wish I was in that happy place!

Then, miraculously, I found the perfect picture accompaniment on Unsplash!

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WOD Challenge 8-16-22

Blessed Passenger

Not exactly debonair,

suspended in air

This handsome fella followed me

For miles down the road.

His grip never faltered

over bumps, in the heat

Wind whipping at his feet

Doing his playful dance

Driving was difficult

Cause I was in a trance

Amazed at his acrobatic skill

Then, he adopted his prayerful

position, and I thought, was I

being visited by the spirit

Of my father? I took it

as a blessing but feared for

His life, in the heat, his color had changed

So I careful transported him

and I hope he lives on

To bless the next traveler

Who needs him.

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