I'm not a fan of the heat, and become somewhat of a slug during hot summer months.
Now I am anxious to get out and hike the desert in the cool of the mornings with Mr. Cactus.
We live near 62,000 acres of the Red Cliff's Desert Reserve.
You can see Red Mountain in the distance.
Mr. Cactus says these rocks speak to him. He is happiest when in the desert, with the wide open spaces.
Beautiful trails that offer a place to hike, mountain bike or horseback ride.
The entrance to the reserve is down the street, very close to our home.
This area was developed in 1996, and offers a protection to the Mojave Desert Tortoise.
In all the years we have hiked here, we have yet to see a tortoise. Very curious!
We have seen many other desert critters, who often wander onto our property and use our pool as a water source.
Castle Rock can be seen in the distance.
Within minutes we feel like we have left the city and found the quiet peace found in the desert.
And then back to our street to return to the tasks of the day.