|Miles and miles of saguaro cactus|
If you want to see cacti of every size, shape and age – this is the hike for you. We saw thousands upon thousands of saguaro, prickly pear, barrel, and yes, even the dreaded jumping cholla cacti.
One endangered animal, the Lesser Long-nosed Bat, lives in the park part of the year during its migration, together with one threatened species, the Mexican Spotted Owl.
|Safe distances from cactus. lol|
Anyway, the day was beautiful; the blue skies and mountain views were breathtaking. I am sure my photos never do the justice to the hikes. I always try to imagine myself back in time, when Native Americans, or cowboys, or miners frequented the area. When someone mentioned gold mining my imagination ran wild (as usual).
We made it to the Garwood Dam in just about 2 hours from the trailhead. We rested and had our lunch (always one of my favorite times) at the dam. This is where the history buff in me took over. The area is dotted natural tanks that fill with water at different times of the year, but I still wasn’t aware of the history of the area we were hiking…but I was going to find out.
|Gordy at the dam|
|Jim and Gordy checking out one of the natural tanks|
|One of the many saguaro along the trail|