As the temperatures climbed in Phoenix, we went climbing in Sedona. Up on the cliffs, we took in the sensory experiences: the colors of red rocks and blue skies, the metallic clank of chains and climbing gear, and the unmistakable diamonds of a rattlesnake....
(And yes, this was up on the cliff! A baby rattlesnake with a full belly, curled up on a rock ledge by the top of the long first pitch. Gave me quite a scare!)
Back down on terra firma, we had a long, blazingly hot hike back to the car. My brain felt addled by the beating midday sun, but at least I was still able to glory in the beauty of the desert flowers. Golden-flower Century Plant (Agave chrysantha), standing ten feet tall. Engelmann's Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii), nestled in a thicket of green cactus pads.
What relief it was to get back to the house we'd rented, to cool off with a shower, pour myself an icy drink, and sit on the shaded patio with my knitting. I was working up leaves, which will eventually be sewn into a family tree afghan.