This morning I thumbed through some "selected locales" on my iPhone's weather app, places we frequent or have an interest in. I was a little shocked by the forecasted highs when I landed on "Phoenix:" Friday: 115—Saturday, 118—Sunday, 117—Monday, 113. And it's only the second day in June. I can't imagine working or playing outside when it's that hot, yet a good percentage of retirees live there year round. Why?
Meanwhile, Lovely Ouray's temps will range in the mid 70's this week. Ahhhh, crisp, clear mornings, balmy afternoons, and starry, starry nights. Runoff from snowmelt should have streams and rivers surging, finally!
Yesterday Bobbie and I hiked from home, caught the Perimeter Trail where it takes off 5th on the upper side of town. We jumped on the Chief Ouray Mine Trail near the Amphitheater Campground, hoping snow was gone from the north facing section toward the top. It's a wonderful hike to do this time of year before it gets too hot as most of the switchback climb is on the south facing side in direct sun.
After 13 long switchbacks, the trail levels off and meanders along brilliantly colored cliffs. Ouray is visible in spots, though cast in miniature some couple thousand feet below. We didn't get around to hiking this trail last year so it was a fun way to stretch sore legs and empty cluttered minds.
Come along, as we start from town...
|Here comes a shower...|