Monday, July 21, 2008

Glad To Be Home--Sort Of

Coming home from a great camping trip and finding my Mammillaria in full bloom was quite a treat. Usually all the flowers don't bloom at once, but when they do, the cactus looks like its wearing flower wreaths to celebrate the rain that fell when I was gone.

While picking wild blackberries for a cobbler, we found three small pine trees full of baby lady bugs! I bet those pine trees don't have aphids with all the lady bugs, but then, maybe that's why the ladybugs are there--to eat aphids!

They were tiny--they may have been babies. I'm not sure how long they stay on the trees like this.

We camped at Knoll Lake on the spectacular Mogollon Rim, pronounced "MUG-ee-own." The views there are magnificent! The elevation is 7400. Lots of people don't realize that a good part of the State of Arizona is high country--not just the desert. This place is about 3hours from my house.

It is such a relief to get out of the heat by mid -summer, and up at Knoll Lake the temperatures are 30 to 40 degrees lower during the daytime than down on the desert floor.

We fished for trout, played cards, picked berries, explored back roads, saw elk and deer , had a bonfire for s'mores, played horseshoes, read a book , took naps, long walks, enjoyed the rain. We were ready to come home, though--with only one cold shower in 7 days. We almost forgot about the miserable heat that was waiting for us until we hit the lower elevations. But, jumping in the shower once home made up--sort of--for the terrible heat.




7 comments:

Claude said...

Sounds like a great vacation you had... the thought of seven days with absolutely nothing to do sounds glorious. The Mammillaria is a beauty...

Julie said...

You know this sounds so devine! You are inspiring me to take a trip this fall to the mountains of north Georgia. We have a State park there that has fully loaded large cabins...not quite as fun as camping, but still all wooded and wonderful! I know you had such a great time...it is making me pine away for the same! LOL. This little ladybugs are amazing...just swarming the area!

Aiyana said...

I've never been up to Knoll Lake. I didn't realize the views were that spectacular. I may have to go one day, but camping is not for me. Any hotels near there?
Aiyana

Suzanne said...

Your Mammillaria is beautiful. It certainly sounds like you had a wonderful, relaxing vacation! What beautiful views!

Pudgeduck said...

Aiyana-It is close to Christopher Creek-w/ cabins- We were in a large RV with a generator-sorta cheated! Just worth the drive for the day!

Suzanne said...

You might want to stop over at my blog -- I'm auctioning one of my bags and you might be able to get one for less. :o)

ceekay said...

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