A walk in the clouds…hiking an Arizona desert during a storm.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”

Vivian Greene

Repost- I had so much fun writing this post up. I remember the day we planned a hike in my old neighborhood and the disappointment I felt at not being able to find a parking spot so we had to leave. We drove to another mountain and a special treat was waiting for us there. Besides a nice parking spot we got rain. I remember thinking to myself how I just wish I could have bottled up all the smells and textures along with the bright colors to send out to the world so they could experience a desert rain storm too. It is that special. I did the next best thing though, I tried to share the experience through words and photos. This is also the most popular post of mine that I have written up and I have posted a bunch but this one still gets visits and it continues to hold the number one spot. So thank you for that, again, I wish everyone in their lifetime gets to have the opportunity to  walk in a desert storm.


Alright everyone, what I am about to share with you all is rare. Rare because usually when I post one of my hiking adventures it never and I mean NEVER happens during a storm.


This adventure I am posting today comes with a freshly covered desert with thousands of rain drops everywhere. I wish I could share the fragrances along with this post to give you all the whole experience. The Creosote bush puts off the most wonderful fragrance during and after a storm. This is the plant that always smells like fresh rain.


I have posted about hiking after a storm but to hike smack dab in the middle of a storm while you walk through the clouds, well, lets just say it is AMAZING. I am so happy I get to share this with you all. Most people stay inside when the clouds come out, but ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved feeling rain fall on my skin.


Okay, time to hit the trail, hope you all enjoy coming along with me on this one.


Every year we try to get out to that giant old mountain I grew up on as a little girl. It is in memory of my dad and I try to visit it at least once a year. I have many found memories of walking that mountain while growing up but sadly this hiking adventure would not be the trail I am sharing with you today.


You see, when we got out to it, there was absolutely no parking anywhere and there was a police officer in the parking lot as well. Then, the closer we got, we noticed several people hanging around and they were angry.


They had on the same t’shirts so it looked like a protest of something. Once I was able to read the shirt, I saw it was in memory of someone that had died. I am not sure but it looked like the kid that was shot by an officer here a few weeks ago.


That incident involved a teenager, who was being chased by a police officer after breaking into a home. It was reported that he had a fake gun on him and the police officer said he pointed it at him.

Anyway, the original trail we drove to was not looking good. There was a cop writing tickets for people who were illegally parked in the area. Then there were angry people staring at us as we drove up.

So besides not finding a spot to park, there was a lot of bad energy and tension in the area. We decided to head to another mountain. I hope to share my childhood hiking trail with you in another post.

When we arrived to another trail there were plenty of parking spots but they were filling up fast as well. There was a storm in the area but for anyone who loves to hike this doesn’t scare them off. They just get wet.


We covered our camera with a plastic bag and headed out for one beautiful hike.


This was so breathtaking to me. The drops of water everywhere were so beautiful.


Oh, and the green. I have to mention all the green everywhere. Again, I have written about how the desert looks from a distance but don’t let that fool any of you,. Park those vehicles and get out and explore up close, you will be amazed at this art gallery of natures wonders.


When everything is soaking wet in the desert you discover brighter colors on all the cacti.


Then the sun pops out behind a cloud for a bit and the cacti light up like a crown of gold.


The flowers are so delicate and tiny. It is hard to believe they can withstand a single rain drop, little lone hundreds.


We don’t get snow in our desert (usually) but our tiny drops of water in a way remind me of miniature snowflakes, ever so tiny, just waiting to turn into snow.


I think this is why as a child I would take off once I saw clouds coming in and head out to that mountain I grew up on. Our storms don’t last long and our temperatures are usually not too cold, especially during the summer. You can dance in the rain here if you like and that’s your kind of thing.


Alright, back to the hike. There is a lot to cover with this rare treat.


You would think that people would stay home during a storm but not here, they were all kinds of hikers out this day.


Off in the distance I heard a family with several kids laughing and yelling once a cloud of drops opened up on them. They were having a ton of fun walking through the clouds themselves.


We couldn’t see too far ahead in some areas because of the clouds and yes we got soaked, but what fun it was.


Here is a hiker just waiting out part of the storm, taking it all in and enjoying the views from high above.


Heads up on some safety tips if you are not from this area…please be careful around our huge Saguaro cacti. If they are old and ready to fall, they will crush you. They are so heavy with water, especially during storms. So walk a wide path around them during wind storms or any storm for that matter. I haven’t heard of anyone getting hurt this way, so it’s rare but still be careful.


Actually you should walk a wide path around all the cacti. Their thorns not only hurt like crazy but they itch like crazy too. This cacti here does not fool anyone, even with a tiny and delicate looking flower at it’s tip. These flowers are not to pick, it’s owners will bite you back hard.


Even the cute and tiny cacti will sting if touched. This tiny cactus will eventually produce the tiniest and brightness pink flowers I have ever seen.


This is what they look like in bloom. I had to go way back in my photo archives to find these photos.




The desert will be blooming like crazy soon and it will be a wall of these pink tiny wonders.


There are so many wonderful things to see out in nature, especially if you brave a tiny storm. You will leave wet but it is worth it in the end.


Hope you all had fun on this hike with my family and I. Stay safe, happy and healthy out there in the world and enjoy all the wonders it has to show you.


“ Where a beautiful soul has traveled, beautiful memories remain forever.”

This post is in memory of my dad. Thanks dad for all the wonderful memories, even though we didn’t get to hike that mountain we loved together, that storm was a special treat at the other mountain. We miss you but carry you with us in our hearts forever.


I am offline for the month of August. Will be back sometime in September. Have a wonderful day and happy blogging adventures everyone from all of us at Our Little Red House.

35 Comments Add yours

  1. krcc says:

    Great water droplet pics!
    I know well about cacti’s ouchness. My Mom keeps planting one that ultra dangerous. Wish I could annihilate them because just a slight touch of my fingertip will cause at least 3-5 pricks to stick on my finger. Cant get them off without tweezers n strong reading glasses. The ones on your hike have such pretty flowers!

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    1. Thank you, I wish I could capture the really striking colors of the flowers. In person they just explode with colors. I hate it when I am working in my garden and somehow I end up with cacti thorns. Those tiny invisible ones are the worse. I am trying to switch a lot of my plants in my garden to native plants to Arizona and our climate. I still have a bed full of Petunias here and there though, for Spring only.

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  2. Gorgeous pictures. Really. I’ve been amazed by this year’s greenery in the desert too. I went hiking up at Phoenix Sonoran Preserve the day the mountains to the north of the city were so snowy, and I have pictures of such lush greenery (with snow in the background) that you’d never guess it to be Phoenix.

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    1. Thank you. I wanted to get out to see the snow but the roads were a mess everywhere and some areas were closed to the public. I bet your photos are amazing and gorgeous. The striking colors of snow and green everywhere, what a gift we were all given that day. That was shocking seeing snow everywhere here in parts of Phoenix. I think they reported that the last time that happened was 60 years ago.


  3. It was nice to see these 🙂

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    1. Thank you. The colors are so amazing in person, I wish I could capture that for you all as well. Everything was just so pretty that day.

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  4. Wow what a beautiful trip. Thank you for sharing it with us. I wouldn’t dare try to pick one of those lovely flowers hahaha. I was thinking, what you said, everything looks so green. Just beautiful!

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    1. Yes, it was so pretty. What a sweet gift we were given that day.

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  5. simplywendi says:

    such blessing to be surrounded by so much beauty, thank you for sharing. some of those plants i would love to see in person.

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    1. You would love it and the smells in the desert after a storm are amazing too. It is very peaceful out there in the middle of all that.

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      1. simplywendi says:

        I can only imagine……….but you are correct, I would LOVE it. I bet it would be a great place to meditate.

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  6. Dandelion B says:

    So sad about the young fellow who lost his life there, through your pictures the place seems like a paradise. On my 43rs bday bucket list is to dance in the rain, its been way to long…excuse me now while I go. Finish spring/summer decorating with tons of faux cacti lol

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    1. That sounds like fun, I hope you get that birthday wish. I have to start decorating something for Spring too. I love this time of year. I have been busy redoing the garden but today the pollen is just to high for me to enjoy being outside. Have a great day decorating, it will look so pretty when you are done.

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  7. You absolutely captured the beauty in all of these photos. I think it is extra special because of the storm. 💖

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    1. That was such a fun day. I have a post coming up next month on all the flowers that storm produced. The desert is exploding right now in lavender, gold, orange, yellow and even pink. There was a whole field of these tiny purple flowers everywhere and the bees were so loud is was a little scary. The area I was at is not a popular spot for hikers, mostly mountain bikers but that is where all the flowers are. There are signs up warning people of bee attacks in the area so use caution. There have been some bad attacks there before. It is just amazing all the colors out there.

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  8. 3C Style says:

    Thanks so much for taking us along with you on this beautiful hiking adventure. The beautiful quote from Vivian Greene goes perfectly with the message in your post. Your photos are stunning as always. I really like the one with the pink flower on the cactus and the last shot as well.

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    1. So glad you liked it. We still have a few more months of hiking here in the desert before it gets too hot so my family and I are taking advantage of these perfect days. That little cactus with it’s tiny little flowers is so adorable and the colors on the flowers are so much prettier in person. The flowers never last long once they bloom but what a treat it is when they come out.

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      1. 3C Style says:

        Look forward to seeing more of your lovely pictures from the desert. These are so gorgeous. I think it is extra special because their blooming don’t last long.

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  9. Your beautiful pictures show that you thoroughly enjoyed your hiking trip.
    Your blog has a lot of various things to see and enjoy!!

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    1. Thanks, that makes me smile. I am all over the place sometimes but I do have fun and I have met a lot of really nice people through blogging.

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      1. Mutual feelings and lots of love 😊😊

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  10. hlucas says:

    These photos are so beautiful! The water droplets in the photos are unreal!

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    1. Thank you, it was such a special day. So happy I had my camera with me, sometimes I leave it at home when I am out hiking.


  11. Camie says:

    Simply gorgeous photos! What a glorious hike! I’m so glad you shared it with us. 🌵

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  12. Amazing post!!! Thank you for sharing such beautiful nature pictures.

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    1. Thank you and I am so glad you liked them. It is not something we normally don’t see, so it was such a beautiful day and memory we now have.


  13. You are so right in referring to it as an art gallery – amazing variety!

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    1. I hope to get up north soon, to the mountains, woods, lakes and streams. If we are able to hike up there, I will try to share some of those plants with everyone. The colors and just how beautiful everything works together, is amazing to me. I get a lot of my ideas out there walking in nature. Have a Happy Easter.

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      1. I look forward to those pictures! Happy Easter

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  14. Jake Carr says:

    I love a good rainy hike, especially if it ends in a nice warm bed. The sounds you get in rain and fog are so special. I particularly love the sound of rain on a tent.

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    1. It is very calming. We get more rain up north in the mountains. When ever it rains, we leave all the windows and doors open so we can listen to those beautiful sounds.

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  15. Thank you for sharing, Great post, your pics are beautiful 💯🌞💞

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    1. Thank you so much, so glad you like them. It was so pretty that day, glad I had my camera with me.


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