We left Payson early so Michelle could fly out of Phoenix SkyHarbor to Salt Lake. She will use any and all excuses to see and take care of Grandbaby Charlotte. So we landed at Usery MTN Pass regional park. It was the last available spot for Huey in all of Maricopa County Regional parks on a Thanksgiving weekend. It’s a very nice park but not really dog friendly for a dog who isn’t cactus smart. You see Usery Mtn has to be the jumping cholla capital of the world. There are very large cholla forest everywhere. So back to flying to Salt Lake Michelle couldn’t get a seat on standby to SLC because of the holiday weekend. So we had 5 days at Usery. It actually was enjoyable.
We did a bunch of hiking around Usery Mtn, and while walking Calle there was a large cholla on her right and my right. About the time I gave her a corrective jerk to stay away from the cholla she moved my way and my hand went to the left and hit a cholla on the left side of the trail.
While eating breakfast one day we had some beautiful visitors land on the tree just outside our table window. We have never seen these birds before and they stuck around for pictures. We sent the pictures to our birding expert Marcia in Eugene and found out they were Peach Faced Lovebirds.
Our stay ended at Usery and we left for Lake Pleasant Regional park the place we hosted for 4 months last winter. This time we stayed in space 20 the best spot in all of this park. A total 180 degree view of the lake, home for 2 weeks. Two days there and Michelle made a FLT to Salt Lake. So it was just me, calle and the cat. Calle and I must of hiked 100 miles at my speed and not the speed of “speed demon Michelle”. Plus calle and I paddled the lake and did the geocaches on the islands.