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....