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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Thunderbird Trek

Bridge over troubled waters
Dr. K, Becca and I are in Glendale, Arizona visiting my brother and his wife.  This morning we got an early start hiking at Thunderbird Conservation Park, a thoroughly well-maintained section of Sonoran Desert outside of Phoenix.  Trekking here is a real pleasure except for several annoyances:  too many residences, too many jets flying overhead, and too many people hiking in the park--even on weekday mornings.  Those distractions aside, though, we enjoyed our Sonoran Desert hike very much.  Going back tomorrow morning.
A sign we were surprised to find on a trail

Picnic ramadas

Multi-armed Saguaro cactus (probably 200 years old)

Becca and Dr. K

Giant Saguaro cactus

A beautiful, well-maintained desert park

Sonoran Desert arroyo

New (to us) signposts at Thunderbird Park

Two-finger salute

One of the many trails at Thunderbird

Hedgepeth Hills

Happy hiker in the Sonoran Desert

Into the higher foothills

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

It's amazing to have this desert park in the midst of Glendale AZ. Good city planning.

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