I woke at a more normal hour. Still later than Mike. I found him reading...a dog and his boy.
We had ample amounts of coffee, pancakes and bacon, packed up camp and set out to explore the road we camped along. Down the road, we found two more camp sites, both much better and more secluded than ours. Next time, because there will be a next time, we hope to get one of those two spots.
At a split, we chose to stay on the main road instead of climb the mountain. The creek crossed the road several times before it dead ended at a trail head.
We explored around the trail head a bit. I was determined to catch one of these little butterflies. It was tough.
I spent so much time chasing these guys down, that Mike had to draw my attention up to this...
The red cliffs we chased down yesterday were just a few minute drive away.
Back into the Jeep we turned off and started to ascend the mountain. Hell, why not. We didn't have to work the following day and it was still early. What a great idea that was. We literally drove to the top of the world. Well, the mountain anyway.
This view was spectacular! I can only imagine the colors at dusk/dawn. Too bad the mid day sun washed most of the reds away.
We hopped back into the Jeep and made our way back down the mountain and out towards Globe. We stopped along 288 for a quick lunch of bison burgers and olives. (Did I mention how awesome our meals were this trip?) All three dogs were passed out and the drive home was pretty uneventful.
Its great to unplug. No cell phone, internet, TV, work...nothing but ourselves to worry about. A much needed journey away from it all, and we found the perfect oasis to enjoy it in.