Wealthy Wednesday = Treasure!


I wish I could say I found some treasure over the long weekend – believe me when I say I could REALLY. USE. IT!!!  Unfortunately for me, the trail I hiked at the Lost Dutchman State Park did not net me any gold.  😦

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The Lost Dutchman State Park is located at the base of the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Arizona.  You might recognize the middle picture from old Western movies – the Superstitions were featured in a LOT of them back in the 1940s and 50s! Treasure Loop trail is a 2.4 mile hike, and described as a moderate trail.  The elevation changed 500 feet from the base of the trail to the top, and while neither my son nor I had problems with the change in elevation, my 73 year old mother did.  She got about half way, then decided to head back down.  Fortunately there are several places on this trail where benches are placed for hikers to sit and either rest, or admire the views.  🙂


An interesting tidbit…the entire far east valley of the sun is actually a floodplain (which you can from the pictures after having reached the summit and coming back down).  This is the Sonoran Desert – floods are very few and far between!  However, should the time come when the rains come “tumbling down” a whole lot of people are going to be in for an unpleasant surprise!  I love the desert, but even the desert is no match for water.



Happy trails to you!  😉


Healthy Tuesday, and that means the letter S!


It’s S Day – and I went on a 5.5 mile hike over the weekend on Spillway and Signal Wash trails! Hopefully this means my motivation is back! 🙂

The thing about both of these trails is that you actually have to hike Blevins Trail to get to Spillway Trail, and then you can hike Spillway to Signal Wash trail. But to get back to your vehicle, you’ll have to hike about half a mile on Meridian Trail to get to Amigo Wash trail to get to Blevins Trail to get back to the parking lot! That’s how it goes from being a 1.7 mile hike to a 5.5 mile hike! 🙂 It’s a pretty easy hike – the map lists them all as “easy”, and my seventy-two year mother was able to do it yesterday. But remember – watch out for snakes this time of year, and take LOTS OF WATER!!!

Hope you enjoy the pictures and have a great Tuesday. 😀

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My 73 year old mother in the blue shirt hiking with me. 🙂


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Noh, nooh, noooh…..Noso Time!

Good morning dear readers! Today is the letter N day, and to get us in the mood to be healthy, I decided to show you some lovely pictures of the Noso Trail at Usery Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Come along with me and let’s go on a virtual hike! 😀






And if we look to the east, we’ll see…
The Superstition Mountains!

Well, dear reader, are you tired yet? LOL

It’s a M kinda day…


Ladies and Gentlemen….we have M!  🙂

Today is a day full of allergies, disappointment, and much needed soul searching.  Ever have one of those kinda days?  It’s a maybe kinda day…maybe my allergies won’t go psycho again.  Maybe I can teach the math lesson better tomorrow so my ENTIRE class gets it.  Maybe it’s time to move on…  You know, just a maybe kinda day.

I always find hiking (or turtle jogging/walking) helps me to think clearer.  There’s just something about getting outside and moving around that fires off my little grey cells.  So I shall leave you with some lovely views taken from different trails I’ve hiked at Usery Mountain Park – trails that begin with the letter M!  🙂


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TODAY is letter H day!


H is for healthy, h is for hiking, and h is for Hayden Butte – which is where I hiked yesterday afternoon.  Hayden Butte (also known as “A” Mountain) is located in Tempe, Arizona.  It’s a nice hike when you’re looking for some outdoor exercise that won’t take too long.  What’s REALLY great are the views:  from Native American petroglyphs thousands of years old to being able to look out over the Valley of the Sun.  It’s not free, but at $2.00 for an hour, it’s not that bad either.

H is also for HELL – which is what wordpress has been giving me for the past TWO DAYS!!!!  I’ve got some cool pics to share with you, but wordpress is saying NO, NO, NO and my pics won’t post.  Unfortunately dear reader I am forced to simply publish this post and hope to get the pictures up tomorrow or Friday.

Please accept my apologies – apparently the internet is not my friend at the moment!  XP




Bbbbbb Blevins!

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Today is brought to you by the letter B!

We’re going to take a hike on Blevins Trail, located in Usery Mountain Regional Park.  This is not the first time I’ve hiked this trail – in fact it’s a popular trail for me to hike!  Usery Mountain Regional Park is about a 10 minute drive from my house, and it takes about 15 minutes total to get to the park, get to the trail, and start hiking!

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I’m one of those odd people who always wonders how people name things.  After having done a little research, I found out that the names “Usery” and “Blevins”  have some interesting tidbits of history to them here in the state of Arizona.  The most famous name associated with the area is that of King Usery.  In 1891 he and Bill Blevins held up a stagecoach near Globe, a crime that earned them 2 silver bullion bars and 7 years in Yuma prison. So the park and nearby mountain are named after Usery, and one of the trails is named after Blevins.  Now, if only I could find one of those silver bars!  🙂

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Hmmm….I wonder if there’s a pot of silver at the end of this trail!  😉

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

A day toppled by…ALLERGIES!

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Today is A Day – and I was supposed to blog about hiking “A” Mountain. Please note I said SUPPOSED TOO! Now, I could lie and say I did, but that’s not what I want to do in my life (the lying part). So today’s topic for the letter “A” is…


I despise allergies. I loathe allergies. I so wish I could invent something that would make my allergies (and everyone else’s) GO AWAY FOREVER!!!!!

Allergies are what prevented me from hiking A Mountain over the weekend. The school I teach at had a spring carnival last Saturday that teachers were required to attend (yep – from 9am – 2pm, then we had to stay and clean up as well). The festival was outside, and I ran the fishbowl booth the entire time. The temps were around 87, 88 degrees, but there was a nice breeze so I didn’t get hot. Unfortunately that nice breeze combined with the pollution of Phoenix conspired to set off my allergies! Sunday was a washout with no hiking possible – can’t safely hike if your eyes are watering, nose is sneezing, and breathing is hard to do. Fingers are crossed that I can at least go for a walk tomorrow or Thursday – hopefully Mother Nature will stop with the 16-20 mph winds we’re experiencing so far this week

Tell me…what do you do when allergies go psycho on you? I’m already taking two different types of medication, but would be open to suggestions if you know of something that helps you get through the allergy season.

Happy Tuesday! J


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