Dateline April 21
After a sojourn in other lands, it was a treat to be back home within sight of Baboquivari, with the scent of star jasmine wafting on the breeze and the prospect of a nice hike at 9,000 feet.
With their usual thoughtfulness, my hiking buddies planned an easy walk for my return. At the start of the day we sought out the sun as the air was chill with a bit of a breeze. As the day progressed, we could be found seeking shade, especially as we made our way uphill on the return journey. It was a short walk, less than four miles, with splendid long vistas across the valleys. The aspen were just leafing out, the bracken were still just fiddleheads, a few blooms were in evidence, and the colors of the rocks seemed about to reveal hidden messages.