Day 69 – Adventure Challenge: Watching Shooting Stars with Strangers

Today may have been one of the best Adventure Challenges in awhile. I am working in Phoenix this week and it is HOT. Lately I haven’t had much desire to go outside and work out or go trail running because it’s so hot (you know, being August and all). 

Today after work I came home and took a nice cool shower to get all of the sweat and dirt off of me. After a bottle of water and good salad I decided I was going to go adventuring. I took the car and drove towards a little oasis I saw driving to work one day. Right in the middle of the desert is the Gila River. It’s beautiful, and a complete contrast to everything around it. It’s lush and green. I was hoping to jump in and cool myself, but discovered it was flowing very swiftly. Instead I talked to the two men fishing off of the bridge. 

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From there I decided to go to nearby Estrella Mountain Regional Park. I talked to the Park Ranger at the entrance and told him I was going to hike and see a sunset. He gave me maps and requested trails that would be ideal. I thanked him and drove around the park. I ended up parking and started hiking. Because of the heat, I wasn’t really expecting to do much hiking. I hiked in a little over a mile until the sun started to set. It was beautiful. Such a different perspective of the world; this huge desert. The only sounds were the clicking of little lizards. I enjoyed the sunset and was invigorated a little by the shade from the heat and the crisp air. I decided to try to run back. I made almost the entire run. I will be completely honest. It wasn’t real far, but in 104 degree heat and having not ran a trail in awhile, it was quite a feat for me. I was very happy with myself. 


I was also incredibly happy to reach my car and the air conditioning. I sat in my car for a few minutes letting the air conditioner cool me. The park ranger and his friend pulled up in a little ATV. They came to check  on me and make sure I hadn’t gotten lost, especially since it was dark. I felt honored. He was officially off of work. I ended up spending an hour in the parking lot talking to the two of them and watching shooting stars. 

Back home, I’m a little buzzed from the adrenalin rush of running and the amazing experience, and at the same time completely exhausted from the heat and effort. I’m going to sleep well tonight. 


About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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