The Sun was somewhere behind the clouds in the August sky in Tempe, AZ. For me that is an immeadiate invitation to look at the air temperature and the UV index. This morning the temperature was around 93°F, and the UV index showed 3 - so, I was off to the South Mountain.
For those of my readers who will be moving to AZ and like hiking, here is an easy trail at South Mountain. South Mountain Park/Preserve is the largest municipal park in the United States. It's about 16,000 acres.
Views to Tempe from South Mountain, 2 August 2020
If you like to walk on the well-trodden path, it's wide and easy, not much of a slope. There is the option to walk along the wash - the place where water, if there was any, would choose to move.
Wash at South Mountain, 2 August 2020
Throughout the park there are plenty of notices to remind hikers to hydrate well, and drink plenty of water, if hiking for longer periods of time.
This was a rare August walk on the trail - usually I walk there between late October and April. Now I know, Monsoon season is good, too, for hiking, just I should not plan it, but rather respond to the clouds in the sky. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning's connection with Nature.