|Lake Pleasant burros.|
|Saguaro with topknot|
|Pipeline Canyon scenery - Palo verde trees greening up now|
|Bob on the Pipeline Trail|
|Teddy bear cholla - don't get near this one.|
|Ocotilla is not in bloom yet.|
|View of Lake Pleasant from Pipeline Trail|
|Wildflower in bloom|
Here's a new bird for us, a black phoebe. Sorry, I had to zoom way in, so the quality isn't the greatest.
We finished our hike at 10:00 a.m., drove back to the 5er, showered and readied ourselves to spend the rest of the day with Bob's Aunt Sally and Uncle Skip. When we arrived at their home, we toured their beautiful yard.
|Open space behind their home|
|Front of their house|
|Petunias and pansies|
While we were lunching, a cactus wren, Arizona's state bird, was busy outside the window. The cactus it was in had a couple of nests built in crooks in the branches.
|Cactus wren, one of the largest wrens.|
|Used to be Doc Severinsen's house|
|The "Wedding Cake House."|
|Where we had lunch - Cave Creek Smokehouse|
|Uncle Skip and Aunt Sally|
|Uncle Skip and Bob|
|Checking out an opalized rock.|
|Blue morpho butterflies|
|Bob with Aunt Sally and Uncle Skip|
|Bob and I|
For dinner, we headed to Skip and Sally's house. Lots of quail and other birds frequent their bird feeder. We came home to find a woodpecker posing beautifully for us.
|Don't know the type of woodpecker.|
For dinner, Aunt Sally made butternut squash soup and we had crackers with cheese, celery stuffed with herbed cream cheese, and biscuits. For dessert she baked brownies. We were joined by Bob's cousin Charis and her husband, Mike. They brought along their fur-kid, Maui.
|Bob, Skip, Sally, Charis, Mike|
|Charis with Maui|
|Uncle Skip with beer|
|Aunt Sally with Maui|
|Charis and Mike|
By 9:00 p.m., we were safely tucked in the 5er, thinking about what we'll do tomorrow. We see another early hike in our future and a trip to the Visitor Center here before we hit the road to Lake Mead, NV.
|Burro at Lake Pleasant Regional Park.|