On this hike Brian was focused on finding two things: a Saguaro cactus that looks just like they do in the cartoonsand a heart-shaped rock...Success!
I was intent on finding examples of weathering and erosion, since that would make the trip educational and all...Success again!
As an added bonus, we saw some pretty cool fauna...
including this fine example of the extremely rare Furry Octogenarian.
and this ocotillo.
This is the bloom of an ocotillo.
I think this is a creosote bush. The dingle ball reminds me of Christmas!
Warning: poop alert!
We're not sure, but our best guess is a coyote.
PS: Geoff, when you come home we're totally doing this hike together! When we got to the top we could see Alltel Ice Den, Pinnacle Peak, the JW Marriott, Desert Ridge, the 51 and the 101, and Shadow Mountain HS...and the pyramid church, and Trader Joe's, and PV Mall...and...and...and...!