Many of my friends have pictured me living in the sandy, seguaro cactus-filled desert of Arizona. But here in the North-central part of the state, we experience the best of a semi-arid climate near the mountains, near lakes, and many wonderful hiking trails. The weather, like my native state of Montana, can change from 70 degrees one Saturday to 34 and snow the next weekend and back again.
Prescott is bounded by the Santa Maria mountains to the north, the Bradshaws to the south and the Sierra Prieta to the West of which Granite Mountain is the dominate peak.
A snowy scene recently near Strawberry, AZ, on the way to Payson.
My favorite place, so far, to hike–Watson Lake amid the Granite Dells rocks.
Also along the Watson Lake trail are groves of cottonwoods near Granite Creek which feeds into the lake.
I’m enjoying my new home in the “desert.”