Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A weekend of the great outdoors

As I am preparing for my return to the real world tomorrow, I feel a strong sense of dread. As I won't have a weekend or free week for a long while! Instead of focusing on that.......I'm sharing a few snapshots from our awesome weekend!

This weekend we were in Big Lake, AZ -- which is about 20 miles from the New Mexico border (just 5 1/2 hours from our house). (last weekend we were in Parker Canyon...which I will blog about another day)

We camped from Friday-Monday, which was the perfect length of time. The temperatures were a great escape from hot Tucson. In fact...it was VERY cold at night. It was in the low 30's at night, 60's during the day. The trout fishing was incredible.

Here's a few snapshots:

Home Sweet Home for the weekend!

Look at the giant tree I cut down!!! Wow!! (Okay, this was posed...)

But...Ryan did teach me how to use a wood-saw! There were tons of dead/fallen trees lying around. So we cut all our firewood for the weekend! I felt very "woodsy". I think I need some flannel!!

Saturday we rented a boat for about 5 hours. It was great!

View of the lake! Notice the snow-topped mountains! Apparently 3 weeks prior, this whole area was covered in snow. They get 10-13 feet of snow on avg each year! Are we really in AZ still?! Yep :)

Our 1st catch. We threw him back in due to his youth!

We caught a total of 7 fish...but only kept 4 for dinner.

The fire wood we cut up!

Stuffed rainbow trout = new favorite food. We descaled/cleaned the fish, stuffed it with bell peppers, onions, lemon, garlic, s & p - and wrapped it in foil to cook over the fire. Delicious!!

The finished product! I also cut up onions, carrots, & potatoes as a side dish.

Antelope!

We went for a 4 mile hike, that lead us to this view -- incredible!
I was too much of a scaredy-cat to perch on this rock-upon-a-cliff. But Ryan seemed very peaceful doing so!

This weekend was the 1st time Ryan & I have had time for just the 2 of us in a very long time! It's been so busy and crazy lately. This trip was needed! 
A view of the White Mountains volcanic fields. Apparently they have several volcanoes in the area!

Bliss....

7 comments:

B and B said...

WOW!!! Absolutely beautiful. The trout looks fantastic. Looks like you had a great weekend!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Looks like an amazing get away for you guys! I am glad you got some alone time in the graet outdoors as I know that is restorative for both of you!

Anonymous said...

That sure was an amazing weekend! Thank you for the much needed get-a-way. Love you!

~Ryan

Marlys said...

Serenity, fresh air and each other! What more could you ask!

Jess said...

Looks amazing!! I haven't camped in such a long time, but these pictures really make me want to go.

Just think of these when you're working weekends!

marybeth said...

I really enjoyed this blog, trout, prepared like that, is one of my favorite meals. Glad you were able to enjoy some cooler days, wish we had some warmer ones here, and sun would be nice, too...

Mama Nastase said...

All of your pictures are beautiful! So glad you two found time for a get-a-way, you obviously needed it!

Your trout looks so good, I am seriously having cravings now! I am going to borrow your recipe. Unfortunately the store-bought trout will not taste as delicious as I'm sure your fresh trout did.