But I Digress – Quilting a Photo

Desert Sunset – Quilt Art by Joan Jennings.

Buckeye, Arizona.

There are so many things I like about our winter home, the best of which are the “sunset in the desert” photo opportunities and, most importantly, the friendships made with others we’ve met since spending time here. Over the years we’ve met most of our friends through the hiking club we originally joined in 2012. Our friends are a mixture of both full-time Arizona residents and snowbirds like ourselves. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 14 April 2019

Buckeye, Arizona.

It isn’t every day that we get to ride in a classic car like this 1927 Chevrolet. One of our occasional pastimes here in Buckeye is to visit some of the newer real estate developments to check out the newest designed homes being built. We are realistic at this point in our retirement, we aren’t going to make any rash decisions on a new house purchase. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 7 April 2019

Buckeye, Arizona.

This week’s Cellpic Sunday was borrowed from this week’s Travel Tuesday post. That’s why it may look familiar to regular readers. I’ve been less likely to take my camera on hikes, especially more strenuous ones as it’s another piece of expensive stuff I have to hang onto and be careful I don’t damage should I fall. That cell phone sits in my front pocket, only a few moments from being able to grab and take an image. Continue reading

Lost Creek to Valley Vista – A Challenging Hike for an Old Man

Buckeye, Arizona.

As this post is being written, I will soon cross into my seventh decade on the planet. Even though I’ve put on a few pounds in the last two years, I’m still well under my lifetime average weight and I am working to keep from going back to where I was for most of my life. The “new me” is off the prescription meds I needed for cholesterol and blood pressure and I am passing my FAA flight physicals with “flying colors.” I owe a lot of my newfound good health to a much more active lifestyle since I retired. My sedentary job gave way to daily trips to the gym where I put in both time and effort, to often daily walks, and when in Arizona, to taking up hiking. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 17 March 2019

Buckeye, Arizona.

They call it a desert, but the Sonoran Desert is the wettest desert in the world averaging about 10 inches (254 mm) per year. Phoenix and it’s surrounding metro area is the largest populated area in the desert which covers over half of Arizona, parts of California, and much of the Mexican state of Sonora. Contrast that with the Atacama Desert in Chile which averages 0.6 inches (15 mm) per year. According to Wikipedia, some weather stations in the Atacama desert have not received measurable rain since they were installed. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 24 February 2019

Buckeye, Arizona.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hiking the Quartz Mine Trail in Skyline Park, just a couple of miles from our winter home. Though I took some photos with my cell phone, after reviewing my collection of images, I preferred this image from one of the high points along the trail that was captured on my Samsung S7 in 2017. The large mountain peaks on the left are the Estrella Mountains and the smaller ones in the distance on the right are the Gila Mountains. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 13 January 2019

Buckeye, Arizona.

In the pre-sunrise morning, I was on my way to meet with some of the members of our hiking club, all getting ready to complete one of our Thursday hikes. Just prior to the sun peeking above the eastern horizon, the sky turned a brilliant orange. With only my cellphone, I pulled over to the side of the road to capture a panoramic series of images. As is often the case, as the sun appeared on the horizon, the complexion of the skies quickly changed to its usual beautiful blue. Continue reading