The late afternoon shadows highlighted all the gullies and arroyos that break up the landscape, showing how rugged it is.
The kids were with me and wanted to hike, so I wasn't going to say no. Anything to burn off energy is a good plan in my book! We drove to the end of the road and the kids ducked through the gate.
It didn't take her long to figure out that this was an uphill hike, and suddenly she wasn't so thrilled.
Desert Girl started realizing that the walk downhill was more fun than uphill. She was fascinated by the yellow line, running down it.
The temperatures quickly plunged and we retreated to our van. We were glad we didn't have to spend the night out in the frigid clime.
At our next overlook, we saw that the progression of shadows had nearly terminated: the mountain shadows were now on the mountains across the valley.
The play of light was magical, with the twilight dancing over the mountains and valleys.
Good night, beautiful mountains.