As this is being written on Thursday, April 9, for publication in early May, Lynn and I are just starting our preparations for traveling from Buckeye back to our home in Fargo, North Dakota. Even though I thought last Saturday’s hike would be our last, the warm, sunny day this morning beckoned us to the hiking trail. We chose to hike part of the Quartz Mine Trail in Buckeye’s newest mountain preserve, Skyline Park. Right now all of the park facilities are closed due to the potential for COVID-19 exposure, however, the walking trails in Skyline, and throughout the city for that matter, have been kept open so that people have some place to get some exercise and fresh air.
On our last Thursday hike in January, we headed on a round-about way to the highest point on Turnbuckle Trail. The views of the park and beyond are beyond the capability of even the best cameras. Given that, having only my Samsung S6 with me, I submit for your review a view of the valley to the west of Skyline Park. This vantage point is almost 650 feet (200 m) above the desert floor. Continue reading
On January 26, Lynn and I hiked Quartz Mountain Trail in Skyline Park, about two miles north of our house in Buckeye. It’s been a wet winter and generally the terrain is much greener than normal. We are expecting a spring flower show in March. As we rounded a curve in the trail, we saw several people talking and snapping photos of something on the edge of the trail. As we passed by, they clued us in. Continue reading
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
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
The desert is calling and it’s not a wrong number! Lynn and I are getting ready to head south. We’ve already processed our mail forwarding order and are setting up appointments for things that need to be done the first week we are back in Arizona. Continue reading
This week found us on our first Arizona hike of our 2016-2017 visit. Our local hiking club meets on Thursdays to enjoy the desert views in western Phoenix metro and around the area. Skyline Park opened last year with a small collection of newly groomed trails. Over the summer, several new trails were added. Continue reading
Yesterday we were introduced to a brand new park in Buckeye. Skyline Park had their grand opening on January 9 and is managed by the city of Buckeye. The park consists of 8675 acres (35 sq. km) of pristine desert with a proposed 27 miles (43 km) of trails. Continue reading