In a few weeks, I should be heading towards Arizona for a little work and pleasure. Of course, I hope to do a little hiking, and one of my favorite spots is the Superstition Mountains just east of the Phoenix area.
There are a number of trails around the base of the mountain in the Superstition Mountains State Park, and on the other side, accessible through a new subdivision is the Peralta Trail. To the north, more trails that can take you back into the wilderness, like the one crossing Black Mesa through what seems like a tunnel passing through cholla cactus like the one above. Cholla is not a plant to be messed with. It is called the jumping cactus, and its barbed spines require pliers for removal. Just ask my wife.
6 Replies to “Dreaming of Arizona”
I absolutely loved my time in Arizona. The variety of landscape there is astonishing, desert cacti and canyons of course, but also dense forests and high mountain passes.
You’re not kidding about the vicious plants either. EVERYTHING that grows there has blood-drawing potential!
Brent, I expect you to get ahold of me when you make it down here. Remember, you agreed to buy lunch at the airport cafe! 😉
Absolutely, Doug. The Hangar Cafe is my favorite eatery.
Arizona to me is Athapascan country. Traveling through the country there is a stark reminder of an old conflict between different peoples, cultures and ways of thinking. A conflict that remains today. The Superstition and Dragoon Mountains have significant historical meaning for many people. I can’t visit these places without feeling the pain of the many Athapascan tribes losing their homelands. When you visit, try to see the land through their sense of place. It’s quite profound.
Thanks, Elzi, I will try to tread lightly to experience the sense of place and its history.
ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BRENT
YOUR LIVIN` “THE AMERICAN DREAM ”
I`LL REMEMBER: WHEN I HAVE A CAMERA IN HAND, I WILL DOCUMENT WHAT I SEE AND WHAT I FEEL AT THAT MOMENT- CAPTURE THE ESSENCE FOR ALL TO SEE.
HAVE FUN IN ARIZONA