today we drove up to Prescott to hike Little Granite Mountain.
after being in the desert for a couple of months it was nice to see some trees. it was also nice to enjoy slightly cooler temperatures. at the start of the hike, it was upper 30s and a little breezy
the obligatory trail marker photo
thank you Michelle for the crocheted hat. i’m confident that it was meant for me, but mike swooped it right up! looks pretty good on him. and it kept his melon nice and toasty
the bark on these trees was super cool. looked like tiny scrabble tiles
i was joking that we were going to hike up to the rock face. but our trail didn’t go that direction
it is pretty. rock climbing was closed do to peregrine falcons nesting. they must have been on the nests because we didn’t see any
scout loves his ruff wear fleece muscle shirt
there is beauty in fire damage
walking thru the fire damage is beautiful and a little spooky.
that look on my face … “this is the correct trail. right?!?”
nature is amazing. fire damage surrounds new life
view from the saddle of the other side
we weren’t sure exactly where our trail went, so we decided to go this way for a couple of miles then just double back. see that rock face that i said we weren’t hiking to
best thing about climbing, the views get better and better
can you see me & scout? sam’s down there too but he blends. got to get him a colorful jacket like the rest of the familia
after an hour of climbing we made it to the saddle where we could see the other side. man! it was cold and windy! scary windy. decided it was too windy to start boulder climbing. plus we have 4 miles to get back to the car. time to head back
but not before a little protein shake first. and a nerd pose
i might go slow going up but i’m like a speedy rabbit going down. kept losing mike, now that i see the photos, i see what he was doing!
had to put on a thicker hat & wind proof jacket. i couldn’t feel my hands for a while!
i like how the boys climbed that rock and waited for us. i’m so happy that they both love to hike. and that they have really polite trail manners
at first i thought the wind was getting realy bad, then i realized it wasn’t the wind but a helicopter. i’d like to fly thru the valleys. what a view they must have