But occasionally detours can lead us to good places. It turns out that we crossed paths with some friends, Jan and Chuck Moore, who are parked with us at Sidewinder Road. They share our genealogy interest so we are enjoying those conversations that make most of you yawn or roll your eyes. Of course we find many opportunities to share stories of travels while we watch those gorgeous blue, purple and orange sunsets all around us.
Yesterday Jan and Chuck asked us to join them for some geocaching. Before we knew it we were all heading out on our searches with GPS's in hand. One of our geocaches was a tiny box sitting within the branches of this tree. Take a look at the dense masses of mistletoe hanging on the tree's branches. It's a site that's common in the desert. As you can see, the mistletoe is draining this tree of its life. Instead of producing its own food, mistletoe feeds on trees and may kill its tree host. The seeds are carried by birds. Interesting to see what a plant we associate with "love" does to survive.
On to another geocache -- Here's Jan and Chuck uncovering our cache buried in an old ammo box that was near the American Girl Mine. We considered the afternoon successful as we uncovered two out of the three caches and had some challenges on the way. It's a great way to spend a sunny afternoon in the desert with some nice people.