Fun in the Desert with Grammy Red

I had seen pictures on the Boyink’s blog ( of where they were staying in Mesa.  We could only get into Usery Mountain Park for three nights, but the views were amazing.


I just love the terrain here.  Seeing the different kinds of vegetation is so cool. IMG_4741




On the day we arrived we hiked the Merkle  Vista trail the helpful volunteer at the Nature Center recommended for our rock climbers.  They had a great time hiking and we all enjoyed the views of Mesa and the East Valley.  Marcus and Caroline had fun taking pictures of Grammy.




On the following day we decided to make the climb to Wind Cave.  The steady 8oo foot ascent takes you on many switchbacks on the 1.6 miles up Pass Mountain.  IMG_4826



When we got to the top we could look over the campground.



The cave at the top is home to many bees.



Cloe made the trip, but was very tired when she was finished.



Before Grammy had to go, Marcus and Caroline spent some time with her while Marc and I did some shopping, went to the car wash and stopped by to see the Polosky’s (my good friend Kelly’s parents.) It is so nice to see someone you know. That is the one thing I really miss.  The next morning we took Grammy to the airport for her full day of travel back to Pennsylvania.  That evening we shared a fun evening with the Boyink’s.  Marcus and Caroline can wait to have more fun with their new friends.

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  1. windy

    Looks like a great walk all except for the bees.Beautiful country it was so different from the east coast truly another world.

  2. sarah wiseman

    where’s the photo of grammy red falling into a cactus!?!? so glad you all are having fun!! love seeing the updates! 🙂


    Hello from the Harris family, We were looking at your pictures and I thought I had heard of Usery Park before. Turns out that Jay & Ethel Clark (your great aunt Iren’s mother and father inlaw) use to winter right near there back in the early/mid1960’s. I remember as achild, them telling me stories of hiking in the Superstition Mountains looking for gold. I really never could picture that because they seemed so old to me at the time, but heck I almost that age now. We actually bought a fifth wheel camper in Phoenix in 2003. I asked some locals about Apache Junction and the surounding area, telling them about my Grandparents staying there. The locals said it has changed so much, Apache Jct was just a small town back then and there was nothing but desert between Phoenix and it. Well they never did find the gold but they did find pleasant weather there. Adventually they started wintering in Flordia because it was so much closer. Anyway we hope to spend some winters in Arizona, in about six years. Matt our yougest is a junior so it wont be till he is out of School. I am back on 12 hr swing for now and have today off (three more years till 55) retire out of there anyway. Well,, going down to the camper today to install a flat screen TV. Keep sending the updates of your travels, we truly enjoy them. Also I didnt know if its in your plans but Petrified Forest is very interesting place for sure ( right off route 40) take care Tim & Mel

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