When I arrived at this RV park almost two months, I met up with the weekly hikers one morning. There was a slow hiking group and a faster hiking group. I decided that I would go with the faster group. Heading over to nearby Saguaro East, don't recall how long the hike was. But no doubt we did it in record time. There was no stopping to smell the roses or admiring the view. Or capture the scene with a camera.
The following week I went with the slower group. Lots of time to admire the view and take closer looks at the desert flora. A little slower than I would have liked, but it was much more enjoyable than the running pace of the the other group. I hiked with the group a few more times over the next couple of weeks. Then it was the end of the hiking season as the snowbirds headed north. Already!
In addition to hiking with the group, there were many solo hikes. The plan is to go hiking at least three times a week. We all know how plans work.
Saguaro East is the closest for hiking. There is a network of hiking trails at the end of Speedway and Broadway where I still have not been on all of them. Hiking alone, observing the variety and shapes of desert flora is a pleasure that I never tire of. There is the occasional spotting of rabbits, lizards, and ground squirrels. Fortunately, the rattlesnakes are rare.
This is a great time to be hiking the desert as the desert begins to take on color.
Without comment, here are some observations from a recent hike.
It was a good day for a walk in the desert.