I didn’t intend for a year to go by, but here it is, just shy of a year since the last update. We are still in North Carolina, but we just returned to Arizona for a very quick trip. It was, unfortunately, a trip loaded with things to do and people to see, so not a great deal of time was available for sightseeing. I started feeling like I was getting close to home about Tucumcari, New Mexico, and was very happy to get back to Mesa, if only for a few days. I ache for the beauty of the land. I miss the long views, the exotic plants, roads that go straight for miles and even have the same name, the warmth in January, the food and so very many things to do. Pass Mountain called to me, but I was committed to running in the P. F. Chang’s Half Marathon again (one of the reasons that we went when we did), so I was especially pained to have to leave without hiking the Wind Cave trail.
I did squeeze in a fast walk around the Water Ranch, and got to see some birds I haven’t seen in a couple years. My favorites were a pair of Kestrels hunting.