|View from the Hopi parking lot.|
Besides the cool, fresh air, wildflowers and workout, I love the people-watching on the mountain. There were the snowbirds with expensive cameras hanging from their necks. There were the fitness hikers who jog past you at the first opportunity. There are the people who can't seem to get off their cellphones, discussing meetings and numbers. There are the families whose jolly kids don't even seem to be breaking a sweat. There are the couples who seem to be absorbed in a deep, fascinating conversation. I love peeking into these lives.
The scenery is gorgeous right now. I spotted orange globe mallows and other yellow, pink and purple wildflowers (note to self: learn more wildflower names), and many plants had buds that are yet to bloom. The beauty of hiking Piestewa is now not in capturing the city views at the summit but also the colorful adornments on the way up.