Highlight: seeing lots of deer on the drive to the Chiricahuas as well as lots of Blue Jays.
Lowlight: Kat's camera died before we got on the shuttle.
Highlight: a couple of coatimundi families with very little ones scampering back and forth on the road as the van shuttle made its way to Echo Canyon.
Lowlight: I was in the back seat and couldn't get any pictures.
Highlight: there was water falling and in the creek around the Echo Canyon area.
Lowlight: couldn't get close enough to the little falls to get pictures.
Highlight: got to see a squirrel high up on an agave eating seeds of some sort.
Lowlight: that Hailstone Trail's gradual up-climb is longer than I remembered, ha!
Highlight: Heart of the Rocks with sunshine. Last time there was cloud cover. It was great to watch myself from 6 weeks ago, that is Kat, being in such awe of nature's magical kingdom. I found myself saying "I love this place" while Kat was saying "wow" and "I can't believe this".
There were lots of lizards about too. It is very interesting topography when you go from the sky island effect to the forest effect. And as Wendy says, you always see new things and with Kat along, she saw things I missed. This is a hike NOT to be done with speed but with great observance or you'll miss so much. There were a few more people on the trail this time but most of the time, you felt like you were the only ones out there.
We realized how truly greatly the trail was built and is maintained. I will post evidence of this in my photos next week (am going to Aravaipa so won't have time to finish picking/editing photos from this trip until then).
Lowlight: the hike was over and we had to drive home.