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March 07, 2014to the desert and back

We're rolling into spring around here and there is a subtle excitement in the air. All of a sudden days are longer and snow in the valley is melting. It's possible Jamie and I ushered in this change; afterall, we did just return from Arizona.

Our trip was bittersweet; part vacation and part celebration of life for my uncle Don, who passed away just before Christmas. Overall the trip was great. We met up with my folks and family, caught up with friends, saw some live music and paid respects to a sweet dude who epitomized rock n' roll. I won't go into details except to say that the three day marathon celebration was one of legendary proportions and we probably drank and ate way more than we should have. Special thanks to the Band News Blues Band, Lori McDonald and Hans Olson for some awesome rock and blues music.

After spending four days in Bisbee, we drove north and spent two days bumming around Tucson. In the desert southwest, trout waters are few and far between and I'm sorry to report that no fishing was done. We did get in some cool hikes; seeing ancient petroglyphs and climbing a mountain. Here's a few photos from the trip. Hopefully I'll have some fishing pictures soon (with temperatures forecast to be in the 40's it's time to get out and capitalize on the midge hatch).

 

Cactus

Hiking in a dry gluch, we saw plenty of prickly things as well as some cool petroglyphs.

AZ lizard

A native..

Petroglyphs

Close up of some of the petroglyphs we came across.

amongst the cacti

Jamie helping to put things to scale..







 

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