Monday, August 24, 2009

Walking Around in the Sun

We spent the day visiting a couple places that we've been meaning to get to the entire time we've lived in Arizona. Our first stop of the day was Watson Lake, a man-made reservoir in the Granite Dells. Like most reservoirs in the western US, it has a definite "bathtub ring" due to lower-than-normal water levels. The formations around the lake tend to form recognizable shapes when viewed from certain angles. Today we found a frog:


an elephant:


a monkey wearing goggles (Debbie couldn't see that one; it's probably just me):


an Easter Island head taking a nap (and looking like he's been spending too much time at the all-you-can-eat buffet):


someone mooning us:


And... well... um.... yea:


Anyway, it wasn't just us having fun with pareidolia; our camera tried to get into the act. I had to disable facial recognition because all the little green squares around rocks the camera thought were faces were driving me nuts. In any case, we had fun, got a little toasted in the sun, and got to spend some time in a really interesting place.

The second stop was Lynx Lake. We basically ate lunch at a small diner that is also a boat rental place and gift shop. We only had enough time after lunch to walk down to the docks and snap a few pics before the place was closing, but we had good company for lunch:


The restaurant has several large humming bird feeders hanging just outside the windows. These guys were only a couple feet from our table while we were eating:


All the climbing and walking pretty much did us in; we spent the rest of the day napping, reading and watching movies.

Tomorrow we plan to head out to Arcosanti for one last visit, then we are having dinner with one of the Debbie's former coworkers. Tuesday and Wednesday will probably be hectic with all the last-minute packing and cleaning, Thursday we load the truck, and Friday we hit the road for Michigan. We probably won't have a chance to post much until we get to Michigan, so it will likely be quiet here for a while.

And I'm off to bed before I fall asleep on the couch.

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