Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Morning Walks In The Desert with Mr. C.

Hallelujah! The temperatures have currently dropped below 100 degrees, and fall weather is (almost) on it's way.
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.


Mary Grace McNamara said...

Such beautiful pictures Nedra! But it would have to be very cool to get me out walking in desert like that! I'm not much for the heat either.


Mama Pea said...

I love the desert. Especially when it's cool enough to enjoy it.

Char said...

Oh thank you for the wonderful views of the desert. I, like you, don't do hot weather. Looks like we have 2 more days of it before it cools down. I can't wait!

Shaunab said...

what a beautiful area to live in. My only fear in living so close to the deseret are the snakes. eeekk!!

Material Mary said...

I love seeing pictures of St. George and recognize that street. I've been on it many times. Enjoy the cooler temps--I don't function well in the heat either--I'm a spring and fall girl!!

Ann & Roger said...

Made me homesick for the beauty of those red rocks and fun friends.

Martha said...

Beautiful scenery!! Can't wait for fall/winter either.

Nat Palaskas said...

You live in the most beautiful part of the country. I love the desert but not the heat so thanks for bringing the desert to me to see in comfort - Hugs Nat

Tally said...

Uuuugh, living near such a great desert! I like so much being in one, especially if it is colorful as the shown.
Here in North Germany it's near fall. I have the heater on already and it's not much fun.

Truffle queen said...

Beautiful! What KIND of critters creep to your pool?! Must be DRY heat - not like in Illinois!

Jana said...

I grew up with desert turtles! We had 3 that my parents picked up before I was born and as far as I know 2 are still kicking it in So. Cal. You make the desert sound so lovely but I always wonder about the snakes you might see on those walks you take! :)