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!
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.