I’m trying to catch my breath from some things that happened this last weekend…phew! But for now let’s just talk about last week. Because leading up to earth day we got to celebrate the earth a few times. To start with, a few friends and I decided we were going to seize the day and go hiking so we could take in all the wildflowers in the desert.

Because this “super-bloom” phenomenon happening here isn’t going to last forever!

I mean, the temps are inching into the triple digits here, the poor flowers can’t survive that for crying out loud!

So we were dying to get out there and soak it all in. Problem: life just seems to get in the way so much these days! (I know it seems like life should get less complicated when kids get older, but for some reason that just doesn’t seem to happen over here.)

An early wake-up call to check out all the blooms

If we were going to make it happen, we’d have to leave at 5:00am, but where there’s a will there’s a way. So we did it.

And I have to say, especially after this hike, I definitely want to become a morning person!

I mean, look at this view from the car en route to the trailhead:

And that first hint of sun hitting the side of the mountain.


I know I’m posting a lot of pictures, but believe me, this is a tiny fraction of the beauty I tried to capture.

And of course, you can never quite capture the real in-person glory of it all, but somehow it makes me feel like I’m appreciating it more if I at least try!

Of course, the deep talking along with the hiking matches the beauty of the hike in my book, especially with these ladies:

I have hiked this place for so many years and I’m here to say, you just don’t get wildflowers in the desert like this!

After all the rain there was even water in the desert!

Beauty inside and all around.

Needless to say, we felt so alive as we scurried back to hit real life again.

Thank you, dear desert of mine, for giving us so much joy in those jewels you were showing off that day!

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  1. So beautiful! I love hiking but have never been in the desert – it’s on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos!

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