6:45am, May 27th, 2014
Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona.
We arrived to our camp yesterday just as the sun was setting. Hot and sweaty from our hike, we immediately stripped down and jumped in the trickling pools, cooling our bodies.
With a cool beer in hand, we watched the sun sink lower and lower. The rocks beneath us still warm from the day’s sun, we dried off and soaked in the sights. We settled in and readied ourselves for a hot polenta dinner.
The sun set, and our bellies full, the four of us nestled up in a rock perched above the pools below. We stared at the stars until late in the night watching new constellations and planets appear, trying to guess what was what. As the night got later and the sky shifted with time, we rotated out bodies in the nooks and dips in the rock, new sights unfolding above us. Everything was clear and bright.
Awake at the first sign of light. I’ve been up for for nearly 2 hours now, watching the sun crest the ridge. Today is my birthday. The temperature is perfectly cool, but I know it won’t last long. As I watch the sun rise, humming birds zip around and chase each other, diving down to drink from the trickling falls.
So many new beautiful plants everywhere. The desert is magical.