We can feel the wind on this chilly morning.
Each color is a different species of lichen.
Despite threats of rain, participants enjoyed a beautiful morning of
hiking on the Pass Mountain Trail in the Goldfield Mountains.
David, Ted, Aaron, Frank, Lynda, and canine companion Chloe gathered
at 8:30 AM at the Wind Cave Trailhead at Usery Mountain Regional Park.
We set out on the 7.5-mile loop trail in a clockwise direction,
initially heading north.
The rain earlier in the week had left the sky free of dust, haze,
and smog, so we as we walked, we were able to take in stunning views
of the Phoenix skyline, the McDowell Mountains, Fountain Hills, South
Mountain, and even the Sierra Estrella.
We ascended gradually, moving in and out of washes and small canyons
and then turned toward the east.