President's Day meant no school and no work and the weather was beautiful so it was pretty much our responsibility as good human beings to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, blue skies, and see what adventures we could find.
It started with a trip to our (Scott's) favorite donut shop in Henderson - Friendly's. Despite the distance (10-15 minutes away) there are many Saturday mornings when Scott will get up and drive past 4-5 grocery stores with bakeries just so he can pick up a dozen donuts for the family's breakfast enjoyment. We thought this would be a great way to start our morning - pump our bodies full of sugar!!
Then we put in the address for a trailhead we wanted to try and set off on our way. We drove through some unfamiliar, new to us neighborhood streets when we came across this
As we drove by my head turned "whaaaat is thaaaaat?" So totally random - shocking and mesmerizing at the same time. Of course we agreed that we must stop the car and get a closer look!
The garage door cracks me up! "The Dinos wish you a Happy President's Day"
Wow. So so so random.
After a couple minutes we hopped back in the car and drove to our original destination -- The McCullough Hills Trailhead.
I've heard about this trail for sometime and read up a bit on it. It is 8 miles long and starts on one side of Henderson (at the end of Mission Dr), and goes over/around the hill to Anthem HIlls Park. We did not have plans to hike the entire 8 miles, but rather just to hike as long as we felt like & then turn around to come back.
It was your basic desert hike -- gravelly trail, rocks, sagebrush, cactus. It was nice to enjoy the wide desert views knowing that we were so close to town. Definitely not a hike you want to do in any kind of heat because there is zero shade at any point on the trail. But it is good for this time of year.
Be careful around the cholla cactus!
Donuts, dinos, and desert trails . . . a pretty great day in the books!