Tuesday, November 24, 2009

McDowell Regional Park- November 24

We are leaving Phoenix today and I have some catching up to do on this blog. We have been quite busy here,visiting family and friends,besides doing our usual sight seeing. The Phoenix area is quite sprawled out,going from one direction to the opposite usually takes a minimum of an hour. Sunday we attended Resurrection Lutheran. That was quite an inspirational service. It was "Celebration Sunday"-a time to reflect on God's blessings and give back by tithing-the whole approach was that it was a joyful act to do. It was all about celebrating "the God flow",God's love to us and our return to him with our money and care for others. We attended the contemporary service and,being a large church,they almost had a complete orchestra with violins,a cello,drums,guitars and even a trumpet. Yesterday,Monday,we hiked McDowell park with my sister Gloria. From this park we could view Four Peaks,a mountain range which I have pictured here. It is these purple mountains which are on the Arizona license plate. We hiked the North Trail,which had interpretive guideposts. We saw desert mistletoe,a parasite seen here on a Palo Verde tree. It looks a bit like Spanish moss,even had some red berries on it. We also saw a pack rat nest. One peculiar trait of this rat is that if they find something which they want to bring back to the nest they will drop what they are currently carrying and "trade" it for the new item. This must be a deserted nest as we found no shiny treasures in it! It just looked like a nest of twigs.

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