Blogging Buddies Take a Hike
On my trip to Phoenix earlier in April, I got to meet up with a blog friend, Andrea Huelsenbeck.
I have been following Andrea’s blog, ARHtistic License, since Sept. 2015! We are both artsy, readerly, writerly types with a love of nature.
This past January, Andrea wrote about hiking at South Mountain Preserve, and that sounded familiar to me. It turned out that on my only previous trip to Phoenix, I had stayed right across from North Mountain Preserve. So I checked to see if she wanted to meet and hike this park together, and she was up for it.
I got to the preserve before Andrea did, and had a lovely time looking around. The volunteers were very friendly and helpful, and the book shop had plenty of choices I hadn’t seen before.
Andrea got there about 9:45 — and it just so happened that the moment she got there, I was on the phone with my neighbor who was chasing a snake out of my chicken hutch. But finally we were able to formally meet! It was an unseasonably warm day, so we got onto the trail before we even did much chatting.
I definitely got the best of this deal — Andrea had to fight through Phoenix traffic to get to North Mountain. She is used to steeper trails, but this one was practically flat, which was great for me. Where I live there are very tiny rolling hills, nothing like the steep peaks around Phoenix, so I would not have been able to keep up. Andrea had even come out a week earlier to get familiar with the trail, so all I had to do was follow her lead.
We did a gentle loop trail, stopping to take pictures, but mostly doing a lot of talking.
I got some birds for my life list, including Gambel’s Quail, Verdin, and Anna’s Hummingbird. It was so bright outside that I couldn’t see my view screen, so I just snapped away hoping for good results.
One of our topics of conversation, was the things that blogging has led us to. I know there are lots of things I would not have done if I:
- a) hadn’t found out about events or locations through reading blogs
- b) wasn’t researching in order to get details right for a blog post
- c) hadn’t gotten to know someone through their blog!
This was one of those adventures and friends that blogging led me to, and I am glad it did!
And you can read Andrea’s take on our adventure here!
These are beautiful pictures–I especially love the birds! I also love what you said about the things that blogging has lead you to. I’m pretty new to blogging and I’m really appreciating all the things I’m learning just by diving deeper into my blog as well as others.
I visited your blog and you are putting together great information!
Thank you so much! I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while!
The bird shots are fabulous, Ranger!
If only my Gambel’s Quail shots had turned out! But that Verdin shot made up for all the ones where the camera focused on twigs instead of birds. I was so grateful it came out in the open!
This is great! I haven’t had a chance to meet blog friends face-to-face and I always wonder about it. You two seem to have had a great time and she has a very cute photo of you on her blog!
This is the second time I have done so. I don’t want to impinge on someone’s schedule if they are busy, but I know that whenever a blogger comes to Texas and doesn’t mention it to me ahead of time, I feel a little hurt! So I want to offer people the chance to meet if they are interested. Or at least get their insider information on good places to go! 🙂
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