First Hike of 2016

Superstition Mountains This morning Liz and I decided to hike for a couple of hours. The temperatures are warming, and the week was dry. We didn’t hike much last year because, circumstances.

12647303_10153892123902838_8449151718095617023_nI am just getting over a bout with bronchitis, with possibly a touch of valley fever. This past fall, many of the projects at work consisted of reconstructing bays that had not been touched in years. I breathed in a lot of dust and fungus and mold spores. Developed an upper respiratory infection.  It got so bad that I finally went to Urgent Care last week.

I had a horse-needle full of steroids shoved into my ass cheeks. I got to suck in fumes from a new-fangled bong (Nebulizer) and was sent home with a stack of prescriptions. Prednisone, Albuturol, Codeine, Amoxicillin…

I am finally sleeping, and not feeling like I am drowning in fluid when I try to breathe. When I laid down, I would gurgle all night. Robitussin was not doing the trick. The first thing I noticed after my lungs cleared is that I am actually getting oxygen when I breathe.  I have to slow down because I am getting light headed when I breath too heavy – getting real air in my lungs now…

Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he? Baby Cholla are cute, but not cuddly.

So it felt good to be getting fresh air and some exercise. There is a lot of new growth on the flora, the wet winter promises to bring out the wildflowers this spring. The desert floor is green and lush, more so than normal for this time of year.

Last night we hit Captain’s after work.  I was able to sneak in early enough to snag too bar stools next to the owner’s seat.  Even the people that count on the business from the Snowbirds are counting down the days. Two more months or so before we get our streets back.  I try not to complain too much, it is their sales taxes that ensure that Apache Junction has no city property tax.  As it should be. Property taxes are regressive, sales taxes hot the people that spend, and the more they can afford to spend the more they can afford to be taxed.

Captain's LoungeBut I will be happy to see fewer Minnesota tags on the road – as a whole, these people do not know how to drive!  I sometimes wonder how in the hell they make it here alive hauling their RV’s.  And then we have the Canadians – they drive slow – maybe because they have a difficult time converting their kilometers to MPH? But at least they are polite.

That is about all that is news for now.  I am patiently awaiting my federal income tax refund to arrive.  Half will go to savings, but the other half is reserved for a Canon DSLR. I will probably opt for an older, refurbished body rather than a new, cheaper body.

I was looking at Pentax to save a few dollars, but the bodies are plastic.  Better to invest in a semi-professional Canon; then I will have incentive to take more intensive hikes this year. I am planning an overnight hike this spring or early summer, before the temps get crazy hot.


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