Tom’s Thumb

One of the many things I love about living in Arizona is the wide open spaces of the Sonoran Desert. Other than my devote faith, and prayer life, spending time walking/hiking in the beautiful Sonoran Desert is where I find peace, and where I feel the most at home.

This morning Bill and I took a 20 minute drive from our home at McDowell Mountain Regional Park, to the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve Trails, where the Tom’s Thumb trailhead is located. We have heard so much about the Tom’s Thumb hike that we wanted to go and see for ourselves what that hike is all about.

When we arrived at the Tom’s Thumb trailhead, and read the information provided about that hike, we quickly decided that was not going to be the trail for us. Tom’s Thumb is a 5 mile, steep hike, up a mountain, and is rated as extremely difficult. If my hips were 20 years younger, and I was about 20 pounds lighter in the trunk…, perhaps I would have considered taking that hike. However, as Bill and I looked at that trail before us, both Bill and I decided we are not about extreme difficult, we are all about extreme FUN!!!

So, we decided we would take the Marcus Land Slide hike instead. The Marcus Land Slide hike is in the same general area as Tom’s Thumb, but it is rated as moderately difficult, which is much more to our liking.

We were amazed at all the beautiful rock formations on the Marcus Land Slide hike. Take a look.




From the trailhead where we started our hike we were on a constant downhill walk that over looks the desert floor. However, as Bill reminded me… “one that hikes down…must also hike back up… True, but at least it was a gentle down and up again hike. My hips thanked me for the exercise without pushing them into “extreme pain”.


The rock formations in the picture below are called mushrooms and subsurface weathering.


Along with really cool rock formations, I am always amazed by the wide variety of cactus formations as well.


I was so busy trying to take pictures of all the things to be seen that I kept falling behind Bill on our hike…


But not to worry, we always catch up with each other and take time to just stop, be still, and take in all the beauty around us.




How can one not be at peace when looking at scenery like this in the stillness of the desert?


Then, after a few hours of hiking out in the lovely 70 degree weather, we came back home and had a delicious lunch of mini-bacon wrapped meatloaf, with crunchy fried onions on top, and mashed potatoes, gravy, and corn. I made this last night for our dinner and made sure to make enough to heat up for our lunch today… Yummers!


I couldn’t ask for any better way to spend a beautiful afternoon with my very best friend/husband! 🙂

Stay Tuned!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill
    Dec 13, 2016 @ 20:48:32

    What a great hike, their was so many picture opportunities, this was the first time I was able to stay ahead of Virginia, we will be back to hike more trails for sure.

    Love you your Bill


  2. gotham girl
    Dec 14, 2016 @ 00:25:19

    Yes…extreme FUN is what life is all about! Great that you enjoyed the hike! And I love that you’ve turned the snow flakes back on! 🙂 LOVE YOU!


    • beyondcinderella
      Dec 14, 2016 @ 12:46:48

      It was a beautiful hike and Karen Parmenter said Jim says Tom’s Thumb is a great hike. I responded to say Bill and I are sure it is a great hike if one is a fit as Jim. I walk/hike a lot but my hips just can’t take steep climbs anymore. So I will just stick to what works for me. As long as I stay moving and healthy and I’m having FUN, that’s all that matters to me. XoXo MORE!


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