In the late afternoon light of northern Arizona
we hiked along sandy, rocky tracks through ponderosa forests at the base of Mt. Humphreys
in the San Francisco Peaks of the Flagstaff area.
The dogs wandered happily investigating all the fragrances of the forest.
The women shared stories that best friends bestow on one another in the midst of wilderness.
It was the lovely time of day and year - autumn.
It was the loveliest time of life.