Thursday, August 20, 2009

House on a Mountain Top

Here is a house in Carefree with dramatic views from virtually every window of the house.

Can you imagine picking which view you want to see in the changing sky at different times of the day?

Look at those gorgeous boulders. I am so drawn to rocks and love to climb around boulders like this amid the cactus and Palo Verde trees.

It is funny how you like and can see distinct differences in the area you in which you grew up. I find rocks, the different strata of mountains, and the Sonoran Desert plant life to be very beautiful and unique. To others it looks all the same.

Once my husband took me to the Boundary Waters (between Minnesota and Canada) for a four day camping trip. There were limited permits of 3 per day to go into the regulated wilderness area. We also had to go through bear training with a ranger before being allowed to go into the lake with our canoe.

BTW, the Boundary waters requires you to go on various bodies of water, row your canoe maybe 5 to 8 miles then get out, portage a mile and a half while carrying a canoe on your shoulder as well as a Diluth backpack of 40 to 50 pounds, and then row again until you find one of the very few designated campsites you get to use.

I am not a camper so you can imagine lots of stories arose from this trip. Anyway I would be rowing across a lake listening to a loon and looking at all the trees and would say to my husband, it all looks the same. The hills don't change and it is the same green trees at different levels. I told him how much prettier it is to see various geological rocks and mountains and strata and that there is much more diversity in scenery in Arizona than the same hill with green trees that I was looking at over and over again. He said it was the peacefulness and serenity of the green tree-lines hills that was so special. I could agree with that but it still all looked the same and we had quite a philosophical discussion about how we all literally see the world.

14 comments:

Olivier said...

superbe, elle s'intègre vraiment dans le paysage.
haughtiness, her really integrates with the landscape.

B SQUARED said...

I enjoyed your commentary. I'm not into camping either. My idea of roughing it is to stay in a Hilton rather than The Ritz Carlton.

Sharon said...

"A view from the top" - that's what I'd call this house. Having grown up in Illinois but, now living in Arizona longer than I lived in Illinois, I can appreciate the beauty of both places and many times long for both types of scenery.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Julie forgot to mention that her idea of carrying her share of the load for our party of 6 was to carry a canoe half way down the length of the portage until confronting a fallen tree about waist high across the trail, setting the canoe on the tree, and walking back to carry the fishing poles. My brother's 12-year-old daughter carried the canoe that Julie couldn't.

My father's comment to me as we planned the camping trip was wise fatherly advice that I did not heed: "I'm not sure this camping and canoe trip with Julie is a good idea." I have been hearing about it for nearly a decade and a half since.

Thérèse said...

I agree the view must be wonderful especially at the sunrise and sunset times.
Great comment (s) too! lol
I still need some training about geological rocks structures though.

Boise Diva said...

They did a good job of making the house blend in, too.

brattcat said...

It's really interesting, this discussion of our surroundings and what about them resonates within us and what causes discordance. We are all so different. I would like you to live in that house with your camera for a year.

James said...

That is an amazing house! I can just imagine how nice it must be to sit in front of a window and watch a lightning storm.

Lois said...

It must be breathtaking!

glenda said...

Well I do believe I have heard a few boundary water stories.

Jacob said...

I remember many houses being built up in the rocks. They are beautiful!

Don and Krise said...

That's quite the summer cabin up there. WOW! Very nice job of blending into the hillside.

pasadenaadjacent said...

this is HOW hillside homes should appear. There ought to be a law against some of the hideous " make a quick buck developer kit structures" that are up on our mountains. They occupy the most dominant points and are hideous...!!!

do I sound passionate on this subject?

You betcha

JM said...

Fantastic!

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