Desert Romping

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon when I was invited to head out to the desert to test out the body kit Sam just built. I was hesitant at first since I had a full plate already, but quickly decided to live and little and enjoy the lovely weather! Besides, all work and no play right? Oh! Plus, Sunday Fun-day. ;-) 
With that decision out of the way, we simply had to have the breakfast debate…we all know how fun that can be, lol. Moving on to the gas station;  we filled the tank for crazy cheap (AZ has the cheapest gas right now- Woot! Woot!) up and pick up a few bottles of water, because we are going out into the desert after all. Then we were off…
Making our way out of suburban hell & out into open, untouched land.

This was just past the Hassayampa River bed overlooking the many paths that are available. It's such a great feeling being free to choose and wander. Oh yea, I was actually balancing on top of the Suzuki to get this shot! 

This was just past the Hassayampa River bed overlooking the many paths that are available. It's such a great feeling being free to choose and wander. Oh yea, I was actually balancing on top of the Suzuki to get this shot! 

After cruising around for a couple hours searching for a cave we had explored the last time we in the area, we decided to take a break on the side of a random mountain we came across. It wasn't too steep a climb, but we did have to be cautious of rattle snakes and cactuses. I was not appropriately dressed on this outing, sporting shorts with my kicks & ankle socks, but I made the hike fairly easily. I've grown accustomed to these hikes. It was worth the rock climbing towards the top as it was the perfect place to take in the scenery, weather, & vastness of it all.
I actually had just enough reception to periscope the experience & share it with people from all over the world! It was such an incredible feeling/experience! There I was on top of a random mountain, out in the middle of the desert, broadcasting to people in Europe, Russia, and Canada! 
Watch below! 

30 minutes or so passed & we made our way down the mountain back to the Suzuki. We thought that the best part of our trip was over,  but we had no idea what was in store for us. 
As we were following the trail we thought led back, we got a bit turned around and found ourselves taking a different path. We turned a random corner and saw it… DANGER!! 
Hey Lana…Danger Zone! XD -If you get it, you're awesome. 

We ran right into an abandoned mine! It was all collapsed in on itself. Still quite intimidating being surrounded by barbed wire and 'STAY OUT! STAY ALIVE!' signs. 

We ran right into an abandoned mine! It was all collapsed in on itself. Still quite intimidating being surrounded by barbed wire and 'STAY OUT! STAY ALIVE!' signs. 

That wasn't all we saw though…For just as we were making our first turn away from the abandoned mine, we ran into this. VEEERRRY suspicious right?!

There be zombies in them there mines!! All kidding aside, the driver was super cool & was happy to let me snap a few pics of his pimped out zombie response jeep! I think it is so awesome that he took the time to create such an amazing off-road machine. My hat is off to you bud! 

There be zombies in them there mines!! All kidding aside, the driver was super cool & was happy to let me snap a few pics of his pimped out zombie response jeep! I think it is so awesome that he took the time to create such an amazing off-road machine. My hat is off to you bud! 

Sam and I went back & fourth discussing conspiracy theories linking the Zombie jeep to the abandoned mines & laughed at how crazy fun our spur of the moment adventure ended up being. It wasn't long till we found the right trail out and followed it back to the river bed. Once there, we gave the Zuk a break & checked everything to make sure it was in order. I took that time to enjoy the sand between my toes and cool spring air. Since we Arizona people know that…
SUMMER IS COMING. 

I'm so insanly thankful to get the opportunity to go on these simple adventures. It allows me to admire so much beauty and helps to re-inpsire me. The desert is such a harsh environment, yet when you see a beautiful desert flower blooming despite the incredible dire circumstances, it truly is something special to behold. Beauty rising against all odds….I like it.