After checking into our campsite (the hotel) and resting for about 20 minutes, we wanted to catch the sunset at Buffalo Park before dinner. So we headed off and drove to the Park from the east side. There weren't many cars in the parking lot. We decided to go counter-clockwise. It was a great walk in the wide open spaces with the mountains jolting above you to the west and north. Mr. desertgirl gave a try at several of the exercise areas... some with success, some he cheated and one other.... well not so successful. I did get some movies of it though and it made our walk a lot more entertaining
For some reason Ambika must have accidentally shook the new formed buds of the pine trees and the pollen came blowing off. I had never seen this before. So we had to shake some more of the branches and watch the pollen blow off. And there was a lot of pollen. We were somewhat surprised that the wind would not have caused the pollen to blow off. Anyway, we were entertained by this too (and would show John on the trail the next day).
As the sun started getting lower in the sky, the grasses were turning a golden color. This was very pretty but trying to photograph it was difficult though I gave it the good ole Tibber try. During the last 1/4 mile, I wasn't thinking about the view, I was thinking DINNER as I was getting hungry.
Finally we were off to Pato Thai. We had to wait a short while. It sure was worth it plus it was nice to have some experts sitting with me so I could try something other than my standby Pad Thai. So I tried and loved all of this: yummy Thai Iced Tea, scrumptious Tom Ka (soup) and Panang (the main course). None of it was too spicy. In fact, I had to add some chili powder to my Pad Thai which I put in my hand first so as not to get too much... but then I forgot I had put the powder on my hand and rubbed my nose
. YIKES. My nose was on fire for about 20 minutes. Live and learn.
Needless to say we had a fun-filled, easy touristy day starting with Montezuma's Well, Pita Jungle lunch, Walnut Canyon, Buffalo Park and Pato Thai. All of this got us acclamated for our next day's hike: O'Leary Peak.