On the way to Sedona I took a detour to visit the Zuni Plateau...northwest of Quemado, NM. The topo maps of the area caught my eye and I wanted to stand on the overlook edge to enjoy the view. But first I had to hike there, through pinon and juniper that often meant I couldn't see farther than 30 feet.
At the overlook edge the view was simply wonderful. Weather was perfect, and it was not as bone dry as it was back home.
I saw no other vehicles for two hours, and this 'detour' was almost 100 miles of gravel road that finally took me to St John, AZ.
The north slopes of Escudilla Mountain (Arizona) still held snow.
Back home, I can't walk in the Lincoln National Forest - it's closed due to extreme fire danger. But on a neighbor's private lot part of the forest floor had wild Iris in bloom. It's a nice place to just sit and watch...
...watch butterflies taking advantage of the first rain we've had in months. The forest came alive after less than a quarter inch or rain a few nights ago. Flowers blooming like mad, birdsong everywhere, and so many insects that they were queuing up at the flowers.
The trip to Zuni Plateau was nice, but I keep finding pleasant surprises in my own back yard...and I hope I keep finding more.