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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.

 

 

 

377. More Fun in the Snow

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376. Fun after the Rain

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375. A White Christmas in Sedona

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As my friend Libby wished for, we had a white Christmas in Sedona.

White snow on the red rock is beautiful—the good news.

The bad news is—she was snowed in for four days, and I couldn’t go to her house for Christmas dinner even though she’d invited me. The bridge to her community was flooded by creek water first and then by snow.

Well, my friend, think carefully before you wish for something. 🙂

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347. Snowy Sedona

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I had already spent two winters in Sedona before I came back again. I loved the winters here and raved about it. “Sunny, warm, blue sky every day.” It was true for the last two winters. But this year, it has been cold and it snowed a number of times already! The pictures here didn’t do the justice—I didn’t get out when there were two inches of snow on the ground. I know a couple of inches of snow is nothing for most part of the country. But this is Sedona—it is supposed to be a sanctuary for snowbirds like me. 🙂

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346. “My Back Yard”

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I’ve been back in Sedona for more than two months now, but I haven’t post anything. It is not easy to post anything new. After all, I had already posted a lot during the fifteen months I had lived here.

I’m renting in West Sedona. The view from the house isn’t as breathtaking as the place I rented before. Yet it is still pretty good. I can see the top of two mountain peaks and some red rocks from the porch. There are a number of trails starting from “my back yard”. All the pictures here were taken on those trails. Furthermore, the rent is affordable (the reason I left Sedona ten months ago is because the former landlady raised my rent by 60%) and the landlady is very kind. I love being back in Sedona.

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294. Adventure Continues

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I am back in mainland from my long trip to Hawaii, but my adventure continues. Since I found several volunteer jobs (via workaway.com) in Montana and BS, Canada for the summer, I am going up north again. I will be working at different Bed & Breakfast type of places, mostly 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week, in exchange for room and board. I have volunteered for various organizations before, but I have never done something like this. I am excited and a little anxious. Certainly another adventure.

When I went back to Flagstaff, AZ several days ago, I spent a day with my good friend Stephanie. She was so kind to let me stay with her in her nice apartment. That evening, three more hiking friends (Linda, Laurie, and Susan) joined us for dinner. I was so happy to meet up with “old” hiking buddies again, even just for a brief moment. The fact that I am connected with other like-minded people in different parts of the country is very comforting. I am alone, but I am not isolated.

The next day, another good hiking buddy, Phil, drove up from Sedona. He was going to join me for two day camping trip in Hanksville, UT. I was in Hanksville last year and the nearby Goblin Valley State Park left a pretty good impression. However, for some reason I lost all the photos I took on that day so I wanted to go back and take more pictures.

I checked the weather before the trip. It seemed a little chilly at night (high 20s), but comfortable in day time—sunny and 60F. Boy, I don’t know who the meteorologist was and how he did his job. It was cloudy most of the day and it snowed for hours! We managed to take several short hikes, but it was so cold that we had to go back to the car to warm up and wait for the heavy snow to subside. Luckily, it did stop eventually and we were able to take a few sunset shots.

The snow was heavy enough in Hanksville to stay on the ground. My sleeping bag was cold and damp. When I went into my tent, I was so glad I used my hairdryer to warm up my sleeping bag first. At night, it rained and the wind was so strong it woke me up.

Originally we planned to hike in Capital Reef National Park the second day. But I had to change my plan. My throat hurt after staying in freezing cold tent the first night. After hiking in windy, cold, and snowy day and sleeping in icy tent for another night, I came down with a cold. It wasn’t terrible, but it was bad enough to scare me. I still had to drive two more days to go up north, no matter I am sick or not. I have already made non-refundable reservations.

So I bid goodbye to Phil and started driving. It wasn’t a long drive—only a little more than 200 miles today. However, it snowed again when I was on I70! At times, the visibility was so bad that I couldn’t see too far.

The desolate scenery between Green River and Salina is quiet amazing. There were a number of viewing areas along the stretch of the highway. But I only stopped the first couple of them and had a glimpse of it. All I wanted at the time was be safe and leave this area. I am a pretty good driver, but I hate driving in snowy and icy condition. Luckily it only snowed on a stretch less than 100 miles. And thank God I am safe.

The pictures here were taken from Goblin Valley SP.

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