We went somewhere we’d never been before!
The only problem is that it rained and was threatening more storms the whole time we were there…
And those impending storms prevented us from climbing the fire tower, which would have been totally cool and now is one of my goals. We did spend about an hour with the very colorful fireguard, “Johnny Mingus,” and got some Smokey the Bear memorabilia. We hope to see Johnny again (and Smokey).
Mingus Lake (or Elk Well) was more like a puddle as the rain up there has been sparse but, oddly, there were people fishing.
They leave their lures.
There were meadows and wildflowers everywhere, something we don’t always see in the mountains.
And the birding wasn’t great or at least the photographing of birds wasn’t great with the cloudy skies. Plus they kept their distance.
The warblers are now heading south! Some will be wintering in Phoenix, others will be heading further down. Hope to see some in our yard soon.
Interesting to see ocotillos amidst the pines.
A perfect pine among the others…
…is really a cell tower.
I’d love to go back sometime on a sunny day.
Edit: I made a panorama out of the first 2 shots in this post.