Piestewa Peak

If their is a cloudy day in AZ, we are going to climb a mountain.  While the kids were on spring break we had the rare treat of a beautiful cloudy day.  We decided it would be a great time to summit Piestewa Peak.
Squaw Peak was renamed Piestewa Peak after Lori Ann Piestewa, who was the first Native American woman to die in combat and the first female soldier killed in action during the 2003 Iraq War.
 As we were hiking along Karlie exclaimed, "I lost my tooth!"  After a good rinse and tucking the tooth safely in my bag we continued on.  Never a dull moment!
 Piestewa is the second highest mountain in the Phoenix Mountains and the 3rd highest in Phoenix, with an elevation of 2,610 feet.
It has a very rocky terrain.  While it is only 1.2 miles long, it has an elevation gain of 1,208 feet.  It felt like we were climbing stairs the whole way up.
 But the views from the top are worth it.
Max and I took pictures at the same time from this particularly treacherous spot.  It was so steep!
 I am very proud of my little mountain climbers!
After all that early morning work, a trip to Krispy Kreme was in order.
We headed home for a shower and then we were off to a spring training game.
It was so fun to kick back and relax at the old ball game.  I think we enjoy the junk food as much as anything.  Will Farrell dropped in to our surprise for his HBO special that is raising money for cancer.  He played every position on 10 different teams in the Cactus League.  He happened to be playing outfield right by us for the Diamondbacks!  He was funny as usual as he repeatedly scratched his rear and dropped balls.  It was such a fun day.  It got me itching for summer break!!

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