Hiking around the Sawtooths. Truth is, we didn’t really see any sunsets or sunrises. We went lay in the tent, snuggled in our sleeping bags, ready for bed before the sun set and stayed there until the sun was already stretching over the trees onto our tent. This trail kicked our asses. We fell in love in these mountains years ago, so we thought it would be appropriate to visit again since this is where we first realized we didn’t really want to be with anyone else. We stayed awake those nights talking and greeted the sun with sleepy eyes. Things sure have changed, but it’s all okay since our feelings haven’t.
Taking its name from one of the longest living trees in the Arizona desert, the 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument is a true Sonoran Desert showcase. 🌵 Keeping company with the ironwood trees are mesquite, palo verde, creosote, and saguaro – blanketing the monument floor beneath rugged mountain ranges named Silver Bell, Waterman and Sawtooth. In between, desert valleys lay quietly to complete the setting. The national monument also contains habitat for the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl and desert bighorn sheep dwelling, which makes hiking, wildlife watching and photography favorite activities in this desert jewel. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands.