Arizona, Day One

As is tradition, my Mom and I went to Arizona this past week, to get some sun, and enjoy some time together.  We only went to Phoenix this time, and had very limited time.  We still managed to have a great time, and see lots of great stuff!

On the way to Phoenix, we stopped off for a picnic lunch at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.


Sunset Crater is always a favorite, because of the lunch company at the visitor center picnic area…lots of Steller’s Jays.  They weren’t quite as cooperative as they have been in previous years, so I didn’t get as many decent photos.  I did get a few.  My favorite part about Steller’s Jays is their crests.  I love that little point on top of their heads!




I’ll be posting photos from the other two days from our vacation shortly!  Please stay tuned…


That’s Great Backyard Bird Count, by the way.

Today, my mom and I did a little walking around Moab (we walked a little over 3 miles, actually) and counted birds for the Backyard Bird Count.  It was nice to get outside (it was in the 60s today), and fun to do something with my mom.  Here’s the only good photo of the day – a cute Black-Capped Chickadee.


Afterward, we went to Moab Diner for lunch.  Yum!  Our count list is below.

30 House Sparrows

25 American Crows

12 Common Ravens

6 Dark-Eyed Juncos

4 Eurasian Collared-Doves

4 Black-Capped Chickadees

4 White-Crowned Sparrows

3 House Finches

3 Lesser Goldfinches

2 American Goldfinches

2 Northern Flickers

1 Black-Billed Magpie

1 Cooper’s Hawk



Yesterday, I went for my first bike ride OFF road in a long, long time.  It was a beautiful day (up to 71°F), and the ride was short, easy, and fun.  It was the North 40 trail just north of Moab.  Rich went with me, and was VERY patient with me.  I need that right now…I also feel like I need training wheels, and maybe a LOT more riding.

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I am definitely interested in getting out and riding more this year.  I may need to be riding by myself for a while first, though, because I am not the mountain biking giant I once was.  I need to get back to some better level of fitness.



My plants are still a little on the winter-sleepy side, but they are starting to wake up.  Some of the outdoor cacti are perking up, and I have one indoor cactus blooming.

Mammillaria perez-delarosae:


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