I don’t know why, but the grueling climb up the Tom’s Thumb trail in McDowell Mtns above Scottsdale is becoming a tradition for special occasions. Last year, I did it on St Vitus Day (June 28) and again on the Fourth of July in the heat of the Arizona summer.
Today, the first day of Spring 2016, I was moved to do it again… for the first time this year. And this is what I saw on my way up – from the trailhead at about 2,700 ft to the saddle under Tom’s Thumb at about 3,700 ft…
Once at the saddle under Tom’s Thumb, I took a peek at it through this marvelous Rock Window. I am not a Spanish speaker, but the words Ventana de Piedra rang in my ears at the time. When I came home, Elizabeth confirmed that that’s indeed what they mean. 🙂
And now, here’s a short video I made at the saddle from that very spot above — the Ventana de Piedra.
First Day of Spring 2016 in Arizona Desert: A HIKE TO TOM’S THUMB – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – March 20, 2016 – “La Primavera” (Spring) music recorded by ALTZAR in Dec 2013
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SPRINGTIME IN THE DESERT
And now, here are some photos I took this morning as I walked around our Scottsdale neighborhood…
Images from the Vivaldi tune “La Primavera” (Spring) which I recorded in 2013.
UPDATE APRIL 1, 2016
ANOTHER TREK TO CALVARY HILL ARIZONA, THIS TIME TO THE SUMMIT
Here’s also a VIDEO MESSAGE FROM THE SUMMIT I recorded today…
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UPDATE APRIL 10, 2016
FAREWELL HIKE ON PINNACLE PEAK
Today was the first day we’ve had some real rain since we came to Arizona from Maui over two months ago. The rain did not last long. But it was enough to drop the temperatures into the mid-50s F, as if it were still winter. A few days ago, the thermometer reached 99F. The normal is 84F.
Anyway, we figured the cool and rainy day would be a perfect setting for my farewell hike on Pinnacle Peak. On Wednesday, I fly back to Maui. Elizabeth with stay on in Arizona a bit longer before rejoining me.
When we got to the Pinnacle Peak trail parking lot, it was virtually deserted. There was only one car. We were the second one. Three weeks ago, when we hiked this trail with our out-of-town visitor from Virginia, hundreds of cars were parked all around, overflowing the capacity of the parking.
Today, we virtually had the whole mountain to ourselves. And it was wonderful.
Here are some shots from the farewell hike, offering cloudy views from Pinnacle Peak in all four cardinal directions…