A Very Good Thing

Sometimes, waking up at 5:15 on a Saturday morning can be a very, very, very good thing.

Because you get to witness sunrises like this. And see cacti like this:

While hiking through this:

And this:

And this:

Yep, sometimes waking up at 5:15 can be a very wonderful thing indeed.




Good thing I had a double espresso this morning.
Winner of Feta Friday is:

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Jackie, send me an email at jenna [at] to claim your prize!

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  • Courtney (delightful devours)
    July 24, 2010 at 9:12 am

    What a place! You know it is a great place to visit when your pictures turn out like that!
    That hike looks like a lot of fun!

  • Lisa
    July 24, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Getting up for beautiful sunrises is always a good thing. It looks absolutely beautiful, so calm, quiet, and tranquil. Enjoy the rest of your stay.

  • Ameena
    July 24, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I constantly complain about having to get up early but I really do enjoy the quiet of the morning.

    What a beautiful place and a gorgeous way to start the day.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    July 24, 2010 at 9:53 am

    It looks beautiful out there!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine
    July 24, 2010 at 9:55 am

    What a beautiful trail. I would love to wake up in the morning for something like that. 😉

  • Dorry
    July 24, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I love getting up early! It’s a magical time.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    July 24, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Love the pictures! That truly is a great way to start the day 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    July 24, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I am an early riser. It is my favorite time!

  • Jillianbean
    July 24, 2010 at 10:40 am

    You are in my backyard! Or somewhere close to it:) I live at the Superstition Mountains-East of Scottsdale-waaaaaaay east. I get to wake up to the mountains every morning, and watch the sunset every night-I’m so glad you were able to enjoy it! Have to get up early to hike this time of year-and a camelback is essential!

  • eatmovelove
    July 24, 2010 at 11:02 am

    What a great reply by the winner of Feta Friday…do you read these all and pick them out?! Or random?

    One of those other girls in your pic – she looks like Scarlett Johanssen!

  • Danielle
    July 24, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Definitely sounds like a good thing. Morning is such a beautiful time no matter where you are but I absolutely love the beauty of Arizona! I’m so happy that my little bro is going to be attending college out there so I’ll have to visit him and take hikes like that. Oh familial responsibilities 😉

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    July 24, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I think I could probably wake up early for that 😉

  • Nola
    July 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

    What an incredible way to spend your day! Such beautiful photos – I’m jealous!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    July 24, 2010 at 11:39 am

    a good double espresso can cure just about any wrong!

  • heather {a measure of}
    July 24, 2010 at 11:48 am

    plus it looks like a great way to beat the heat! love early morning hikes with friends like this, even tho it’s so hard for me to get out of bed!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    July 24, 2010 at 11:53 am

    WOOHOO!! I feel like I just won the lotto! haha Thank you so much, I’m emailing you now. 🙂

    Those pictures are breathtaking!! I would get up at 5:45 to be there, beautiful!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    July 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Congrats to the winner!! 😀

    That place looks fantastic. I don’t blame you, not one bit, for waking up so early on a Saturday. The trail is gorgeous! 😀

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    July 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    yeah,I got up at five and loved it……only because I was doing the farmers market with my community garden but there has to be a good reason to get up that early on a Saturday!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    July 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Gorgeous…yes that would definitely be worth waking up for at 5:15! It looks like you are having such a fun time! 🙂

  • The Wife of a Dairyman
    July 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I just returned home from a camping vacation where I woke up every morning at 5 by the birds chirping…..LOVED it! Have fun!

  • Exercise and Eat
    July 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I love the winner’s entry! So beautiful!

  • Angela (ohsheglows)
    July 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Just stunning! Nothing like a gorgeous atmosphere and BLUE sunny sky to wake you up. 🙂 Love your shirt, what does it all say?

  • Lisa
    July 24, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    What an amazing hike! That’s definitely worth waking up early for.

  • Rosey Rebecca
    July 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    You are the luckiest person in the world right now. 🙂 Hope you’re having the time of your life!

  • andrenna
    July 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    all of those things are indeed very, very, very nice – but would be even nicer to me after 8am! i can’t help it – i’m more of a night owl! i’m happy you are having such a nice time in arizona! you deserved this break, darling!

  • Taylor
    July 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I’m so jealous. As much as I cringe at the thought of early mornings, there is nothing better than incredibly scenery while hiking!

  • Sarah
    July 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Do you at least get to take a nap later?

  • elizabeth
    July 24, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    Will you be able to share any of the recipes or cooking tips that you have learned this week?


  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    July 25, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Looks like a very, very good thing!