During our third hitch at Coronado, the moon was at its fullest. And every night, we'd stare at the Moon Over Mexico. So incredible how you can be looking at two different countries in one spot...standing still.
We spent the week continuing on our prep work for the prescribed burn. We are about halfway through the perimeter of the 160 acre polygon, and have another week of work ahead of us the last week in March. We have been limbing some large oak stands, pushing our way through sharp Acacia to get to Mesquite, and carrying limbs through a sea of Lehmans lovegrass. The days are long and the work is plenty, but we love what we do and wouldn't have it any other way!
After our last hitch at Coronado, we will post maps of the burn unit with information about the work we've completed; such as species of trees and plants, acreage and percent covered, etc. We are looking forward to the completion of this project and our first taste of prescribed fire!
We ended the week with an 11 mile hike to the highest peak in the Huachuca Wilderness -- Miller Peak. Climbing switchbacks uphill, only to lift our heads and see the peak off in the distance, we were mesmerized by the way the desert united with a forest of Douglas Fir and Pine, blending its colors and mystery together. When we reached the peak, we felt like we were on top of the world. It was an incredible bonding experience for the crew and, once again, reminded us of how lucky we are to be right here, right now!
Please enjoy some photographs of our work hitch, followed by an arrangement from our hike; sights that moved us into perpetual bliss.