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388. Desert Botanic Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is located in Phoenix, central Arizona. Founded by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society in 1937, the garden has more than 21,000 plants. It’s a great time to visit before it gets too hot.

 

 

 

387. Wildflowers in Sedona, this year only!

Last year, my friend and I went to California to look for wildflowers. Look what we have here in Sedona this year!

 

 

 

370. Beautiful Wildflowers

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Although it is end of wildflower season, we’ve seen some gorgeous blooms. If you love wildflowers, Colorado is a great place to visit in the summer.

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366. Fish Creek Falls

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Just minutes from downtown Steamboat, wilderness comes to life with a splash at Fish Creek Falls. Clear and fresh alpine water roars down the canyon, spilling over the 280-ft falls which can be seen with a short walk.

We took the longer hike to the Upper Fish Creek Falls and continued to a large meadow deep in the Routt National Forest. Colorful leaves and the tail end of wildflowers dotted along the trail. I kept wondering how brilliant it must be when all the flowers were in full bloom.

PS. The sign says it is 5 miles to Long Lake. We hiked more than 5 miles and we were told by several locals that the sign isn’t right. It is another hour to the lake so we decided to turn back.

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362. Snowy Range Scenic Byway

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Located in southern Wyoming, the Snowy Range Scenic Byway is only a couple hours away from Steamboat Springs, CO. This 29-mile stretch of paved road crosses the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, offering spectacular views of rugged peaks reaching over 12,000 feet, crystal clear lakes, and great hiking trails.

Snow lingers late and returns early so the byway is normally open from Memorial Day through October. We found patches of snow on the ground to play with. 🙂

PS. There are a few places named in Libby’s name: Libby Lake, Libby Creek, Libby Flats, and Libby Recreation Area!

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357. CA Trip (9): California Coast

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The coast is more than two and a half hours away from where we stayed. Since Libby loved the ocean and I didn’t mind an interesting drive, we decided to take a day trip. We spent hours at San Buenaventura State Beach, walking, sun tanning, and picking up rocks.

Before we left, we took a short walk on the greenway through the park. And boy, we were pleasantly surprised—we found beautiful flowers we were looking for. Happiness is simple when small patches of flowers brought big smiles on our faces. 🙂

And this concludes our CA trip.

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355. CA Trip (7): Red Rock Canyon State Park-2

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Libby wasn’t feeling too well, so I went to the park alone one day. She is a retired policewoman. During her 20 years of career, she had been injured many times. It is hard to imagine that, with all the injuries and pains, she is still able to hike better than most of the healthy people. I admire her strength and amazing spirit. I’ve joked a number of times that the person I’m looking for is the male version of her. 🙂

I followed a trail for a little while, then I went off trail. The scenery and rock formations are so marvelous that I decided to show Libby to the place the next day. I had to put up a few cairns so we would find our way easily.

The Wild West is wild—I almost stepped on a rattle snake! I jumped and ran away as fast as I could. Luckily Libby didn’t have her camera ready. Otherwise everyone would laugh at my cowardice and silliness. I’m so fearful of snakes, poisonous or not.

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