Only in Scottsdale would there be little white reflectors to separate the parking spaces.
As we thought, we had to take a number to get on the trail. Lots of people: families, couples, friends, tourists but lots of locals getting their weekly desert hike in. Beautiful views all around. And the park volunteers carefully strew rocks around to make it look natural. Ha, Ha. No, Nancy, this is the way the desert looks. The volunteers have enough to do without carefully placing the rocks.
There are the 4 peaks off in the background on one side of the pass - at least 40 miles away.
Down the hill now. Actually, counter-clockwise is the most difficult, with the steepest pitch. Maybe that’s why I prefer going clockwise. But then I’ve got to get down this steep stretch with all the slippery little rocks to skid and slide under my feet. Gotta have those hiking poles. Gary bounds down much faster than I. He hikes down the hill. I carefully place each foot as I plod down. When he turns around to see where I am, I tell him I’ve been taking pictures.
Today after our hike, as usual, I turned on my computer, went online and typed in ‘Iowa State Football’ and looked at the score. My eyes wandered down the page a bit and I saw that the Texas Longhorns, Iowa State’s opponent, had live streaming of the game. Well, what the heck, I’m on the resort wi-fi, I might as well see what I can get. Hey, it’s the game. It’s really on. Whoo-eee. What fun. And, what a game it was. Iowa State has a 2-5 record (well, you ought to see their schedule) and I probably wasn’t expecting much. But they had a touchdown, then a field goal, then another touchdown and an intercepted pass for a final touchdown. ISU had put in a new starting quarterback and he was throwing passes all over the place. 3rd and long and he rifles a pass right into the arms of the back running between 2 defenders. And, the defense wasn’t slacking - they held the Longhorns scoreless. 24-0 was the final score. Hard to believe and what a great game for the team. 5 losses they’ve had, it’s time for an ego-boosting win. And what a win.
Oh, we will fight, fight, fight for Iowa State
And may her colors ever fly.
Oh, we will fight with might for Iowa State
With the will to do or die!
Rah, Rah, Rah
Loyal sons (fans) forever true
And we will fight that battle through.
And when we hit the line we'll hit it hard,
every yard for I-S-U!