This past weekend Doug and I got together with our good friend John, we spent the afternoon hiking Sunrise Trail in Peoria, Arizona (the west valley of Phoenix). The hike was a little over 4 miles, but an easy one. As we were on the way up the small mountain we were able to watch hot air balloons taking off and landing. They were even close enough that we could hear and see the torch firing up. When we reached the highest peak, we could see the whole surrounding city and mountains. We sat at the top for about 20 minutes, and we saw one of the many beautiful Phoenix sunsets. It's always been a dream of mine to see a sunset at a high and open space. It was surreal watching the light change into the intense vibrant colors, and slowly hit all of the mountains and valleys below. It was more like a flood of yellows, oranges, reds and pinks filling every speck of the desert. The three of us sat in silence for a while just soaking it in and trying to hold it in our memory as if we would never experience this view again. It gets dark quick after the sunset so we had to start making our way back down the mountain, still stopping about every 5 minutes to see the colors rushing through the clouds and behind the mountains. Our little trip shortly became a fast paced walk, with any short cuts we could find back to the car. It was getting hard to see the trail and we didn't bring any flash lights. Thanks to technology though, our phones lit our way back fairly well. The last mile of the little adventure we could hear coyotes, crying and howling in the not so far distance. Needless to say that put a little pep in our step. We finished the night off with a fire and some smore's.
Another great adventure!