This picture should really go at the end of the day ~ stunning colours, eh? The sunrises and sunsets in Scottsdale were gorgeous. I wish they came out a little better on film!
Anyway, we started the day with a hike up the Echo Canyon Trail of Camelback. Or at least we tried. 4 of us succeeded, 3 did not (including me ~ I made it about 1/2 way up) and 6 didn't feel the urge to punish themselves on a Saturday morning. The description I found on an Arizon site helps to clarify things:
Summit Trail (Echo Canyon)
Length: .1.2 miles one way
Elevation gain: 1,264 feet (summit is 2,704 feet)
Difficulty: Strenuous and difficult
Enter at Echo Canyon Parkway just east of Tatum Boulevard off of McDonald Drive. Parking is extremely limited at this trailhead and waits for a spot on weekends can be substantial.
This is a very strenuous trail recommended only for experienced hikers. The trail ascends through some spectacular sandstone rock formations and offers unparalleled views from the summit of the greater Phoenix area. The Echo Canyon area is open sunrise to sunset.Here are some images from that hike:
And some of the brave souls:
After the hike, we rewarded ourselves with a shower and a trip to Penzey's! I was so excited for Penzey's and managed to get out with having only spent 66$ USD!
The pre dinner snacks were very good, but my particular favourite was the following dish, roasted garlic and Cambozola melted in the oven served with slabs of ciabatta or other wonderful bread. And yes, we ate ALL that garlic.....