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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!

 

 

 

373. Desert Rose

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I love rocks. I don’t buy any souvenirs during my travel, but I do pick interesting rocks.  

Desert Rose is a beautiful rock I’ve seen in rock and mineral shops. It is a type of gypsum that forms rosette-like concretions. The rock is very cute and looks man-made.

Since it can be found in Arizona, I wondered whether I would be lucky to find it in the wilderness. One place to spot them, I learned, is a mine in Camp Verde. So Libby and I tried our luck. The salt mine is one of the oldest known mines in the United States. From far, the area seems covered by snow. We had a great time looking around and searching, but we only found “broken roses”.

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(The “broken rose” we found)

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(The photo is copied online)

371. Last Day of the Trip to UT, CO, and WY

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On our way back to Sedona, I took Libby to some rock arts on Potash Road near Moab. I’ve posted a few pictures about this petroglyph site before. But I have never had my own pictures taken there. This is one of the many advantages of having a travel companion which include camaraderie, friendship, safety, fun, laughter…

Another advantage is saving money. With my last minute timeshare deal, her economy car, free National Park days, and our frugal ways of living, we’ve spent $300 each for 10 days including accommodation, gas, park fees, and food. Not a bad deal, don’t you think?

I will start travel alone again one day. I’m sure I will miss her companionship very much.

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368. Encounter of a Moose

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I didn’t take any picture of Steamboat until the last day. The sunset was lovely. And to add icing to the cake, we saw a moose not far away from us. Libby was very emotional. She was afraid of moose from the horrible story she had heard. But this moose was very calm and he didn’t seem threatening at all. The brief encounter unexpectedly helped her to overcome her fear. Wildlife tend to leave us alone, if we leave them alone. Most accidences happened when human beings intentionally provoked them.

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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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360. Gorgeous Maroon Bells

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I’ve been to Colorado many times and hiked a lot of beautiful places. But I had never been to Maroon Bells. From all the pictures I had seen online, it seemed a pretty cool place. So it is our first stop in Colorado.

Surrounded by pristine National Forest, Maroon Bells area is as gorgeous as I imaged—a glacial valley surrounded by 14000-foot peaks. Not only we had fun hiking, we’ve also seen cute chipmunks, found colorful mushrooms, and picked raspberries. Life is good when one enjoys such simple pleasures.

PS. Maroon Bells has limited accessibility by car. There are shuttle buses running from Aspen Village. As an injured policewoman, Libby has a handicap parking pass which gave us a privilege to drive up the mountain. Although most of the times she can hike for a long, sometimes she has to take pain killers and can’t even walk a few steps. Her fighting spirit earns my respect.

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