I am so grateful to live at the bottom of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve! This morning while out for my morning hike/meditation I came across two guys I haven't seen since last spring. Most of us quit hiking during the summer months because it's just too hot. But the two guys I ran into today said they'd been hiking all summer long. Braver than me for sure! I'll take the pool and a nice swim over a hot hike!
I've been hiking these mountains for over 25 years and have met some pretty amazing folks along the journey. Everyone is always welcoming to new hikers and or course we're always giving out directions to those that are 'lost' and have no idea how to get to where they're trying to go (there are dozens of trails - and then some). This morning I helped out a young guy from New York, I think, and he was up for the harder 5 mile hike so I showed him where to go, and what to look out for. I'm sure he'll have adventure stories to tell when he gets back home. I reminded him to take lots of photos too!
I also ran across a young father and his 3 year old son. The little guy was having such a good time. They 'hiked' up a BIG mountain (tiny hill) and the little guy was so proud of making it to the top! I told the Dad where to go 'alligator hunting' and of course that lighted up the boys eyes!! Off they went.....to find the alligator skeleton! Next time I see them I'll share about the baby dinosaurs caves......
I'm am so happy that I'm able to enjoy my morning hikes once again - yes!!!
Grateful for Living by the Phoenix Mountain Preserve!
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
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