Happy Earth Day 

I grew near a river that once burned a dozen times.  I have seen orange horizons hours from sunrise or sunset.  Places in woods and desert where trials were filed with debris.  We have only one place to live for now.   What view should the next generations have? 

Full Moon Park Hike

Usery Mountain Park is at the border of Mesa and the desert.  The park is part of the Maricopa County Park System.  There are 30 miles of hiking trails, camping  (tents or RV’s), and archery range.  It does run $6 to get a car load in. 

Every month there’s a full moon.   Coincidentally, there’s a Range hike too.   Be warned, during the winter there will be 200-300 sets of feet crunching sand and gravel. I only had 60 people with me tonite. 

The hike itself is fairly level.  A distance of about 2 miles should be easy for almost all who can hike.  The landscape is typical for the Sonoran desert.  Saguaro, chollas, and assorted cacti. Views of the mountains surrounding the park.  It’s silver blue in the moonlight.

Arizona Cactus Blooms

This is from the road sides along Saguaro Lake.  The lake has several access points.  It rests within the mountains.   Several elevation changes and arroyos  (dry river beds) give several different views and plants.   The stately Saguaros are everywhere.  The blooms are limited by rainfall.   This is the second month of blooms here.