The month began with the best 4th of July and birthday lunch with CAKE, (prepared by my son's beautiful wife, Karli), followed by a BBQ and fireworks
with her sister and new husband at Sugarhouse Park.
Now I'm on the road, headed to Maryland, to do a bit of mural painting. I pulled off of interstate 40 earlier to find out just exactly where I am. Chatted with some folks around my age, who are biking from WV
to the same areas in UT and AZ I just left!
Visited with friends and my brothers for a couple of days before heading East on Interstate 40 (aka: Route 66). Joe and I hiked around in the Superstitions for a few hours.
He makes a fun hiking partner!
It was the morning after a rain storm, so there were lots of critters on the trails,
along with a wonderful scent of refreshed cacti and shrubbery.
There's nothing like the desert after a storm and seriously, there are some stunning views in Arizona, like Lake Powell. It has a surreal, other-worldly look, doesn't it?
I stayed with and visited a couple of old friends and attended the temple in Gilbert, AZ for the first time--wow. It's Gorgeous!
Oh yes, and my friend, Rae's daughter, Michelle (now Udall) is running for State Representative! I'm so proud of her and would vote for her if I was in her district, because she'd be great!
During that quick 2 day visit to Arizona, I was able to visit with all 3 of my brothers who live in Arizona, and that hasn't happened in years, so, it's already been an awesome summer!
Now, as it turns out, I'm in Brinkley (Love that name--think I'll have to name a pet after it), Arkansas. Hot, humid, and very very green here. So, here's where I quit for the day. It's warm, very humid, and very, very green here--outside there are oodles of little toads and frogs hopping around and I love the smell of things growing in the air!
I'd intended to do this drive in 3 days. Oh well. 2300 miles is a bit more than a jaunt and spending time with family and friends, coupled with, well, life, means too little sleep and dozing off at the wheel.