Arizona Part 2

Saturday morning I ran in a 5k race that was in Chandler, AZ….now let me remind you that this was the morning AFTER we had gone hiking into the Grand Canyon.  Not the best idea at all….I was really sore and was super disappointed in my time after the amount of effort I had put in training for the race.

Bob was my biggest (and only) cheerleader but failed to take any pictures…

The rest of the day we enjoyed just relaxing outside and reading (I read enough books to have another book review post…coming soon!)

We were so thankful to be able to meet up with Bob’s friend Chudy from Grad School.  This was my first time meeting Chudy and we had a great time!  We were able to get together with him one other time on our trip which was really fun!

Bob and Chudy

We went on an awesome hike in the San Tan Mountain Regional Park….the weather was perfect and the scenery was absolutely gorgeous!  I couldn’t get enough of the cacti (that’s the plural of cactus right?) and took probably 100 pictures!

Saguaro Cactus…I was fascinated with these cacti after finding out that it takes about 75 years for them to grow a ‘side’ arm and only grow about an inch each year

Their flowers bloom at night and close the following day so we were lucky to see a few!

My awesome husband taking a break while I shot a few pictures… 🙂

Barrel Cactus

Some of the Saguaro’s were HUGE!

I don’t remember the names of any of the other cacti…but a few of them also had flowers which were gorgeous!

Our hike took about 3 1/2 hours and we were able to catch a part of the sunset before the park closed

The next day we drove to the Superstition Mountains and hiked at Canyon Lake.

Some of the paddle cacti there were so pretty!

Canyon Lake

Love the self-timer mode!

I couldn’t get over the colors of the flowers!!

We shared an ice cream cone after our hike…and boy it was hard to share!

We drove to this little town called Tortilla Flats which supposedly has a population of 6!

Canyon Lake

On our way back we stopped at this little ghost town Goldfield where the town existed from 1893-1898 while a goldmine was being mined.  We enjoyed a little mine tour ‘underground’ and enjoyed walking through the deserted town.

Our tour guide was hilarious!

Bob found a squished penny machine in one of their gift shops and I was thrilled!  I apologize for the picture overload…but with my new camera and all what else can you expect!

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