Bartlett Lake Adventure
Well winter officially over, and Spring is now upon us. The days are getting longer and warmer. But we’ve not quite reached excessive heat warnings on our weather apps just yet. We’re both most comfortable in temperatures below 75 degrees (which is admittedly a bit wimpy for around here). I always say, in cold climates you can layer your clothes to keep warm, but in hot climates there are only so many layers of clothes you can take off before people around you get “uncomfortable”. ;o) Even though we have lived here in the desert for almost 10 years, we’ve never fully acclimated. Don’t get me wrong, we love certain things about summers the desert too. Sitting poolside, shades on, generous amounts of sunscreen applied and a cold glass of blueberry basil lemonade in hand, oh yes, thats our kind of summer day. That being said, we will go through great lengths to invest in anything that keeps us cool. Our Camelbaks have gotten a ton of use and we do love us some powerful air conditioning. My most recent purchase for my “keep cool kit” is a paddling hat. I was instantly drawn to the wide brim, light weight materials, and plenty of ventilation. It may look a little dorky, but hell, I’m a little dorky. I’m going to rock that hat this summer even though a friend of mine made the comment that from afar, with that hat and my beard I look amish. I’m still gonna rock it ;o) Dorky as it may be, Priscilla’s jealous.
Last weekend, on St. Patricks Day, we decided to take another adventure
One completely opposite of the trip we took to Flagstaff a couple weekends ago, where we had encountered over a foot of snow, icicles, and a frozen lake. Just two weeks later Phoenix is having record highs of over 90 degrees and is in full bloom. Arizona sure does see some extremes!
So, we set out on this spring adventure because I saw a photo from fellow photographer on instagram, that showed a beautiful vista of a lake surrounded by tall hills and beautiful wildflowers, stating that it was in Arizona. I had always heard of the these places but never made the time to seek them out. So we set our eyes on Bartlett Lake, just east of Phoenix and I am glad we did. The hills were covered in green grass, Yellow Cups, red Desert Paintbrush, and Blue Milkwort. The only way that you could even tell we were in the desert was the iconic saguaro cacti residing on the ridges of the tall hills. We’ve never seen Phoenix so green…who would’ve thought?
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