They are both experienced hikers, and have been hiking these parts for the last five years, so we felt very fortunate to be asked to go along.
But, first, Teresa needed new hiking boots. Our friends gave us a few tips for choosing a pair of boots, and we found a great deal at a local sporting goods shop.
So, yesterday, we were both tromping around our campsite, breaking in our new boots.
Because the forecast was for hot weather today, we got a fairly early start. Teresa and I even had to set the alarm clock, and we chuckled to ourselves this morning, saying how thankful we are that we don't wake up to that disturbing noise every morning.
After a short drive, we were at the trail head for the Lost Goldmine Trail.
Our fearless leader, Dave, took the lead and Teresa chose to be the last in line, so she could take photos and document our climb !
With the excessive heat, and with Dave feeling sorry for us, we had a lot of breaks for water and photos.
We just could not get over the fact that here we are in February, wearing shorts and basking in the sun.
At the end of this trail, we were rewarded with some awesome views, and some petroglyphs on the rock walls.
Once it looked like we were going to survive, our fearless leader declared our break was over, and it was time for our decent.
Back at the parking lot, Teresa and I were bemoaning the fact that we never had time for our coffee this morning, so again, our friends took pity on us, and we all went to Paradise Bakery for some snacks, and the best coffee we have had in a long time.
Once home, Teresa and I enjoyed some cold beverages in the shade, and gave thanks for the opportunity to be living this lifestyle.