Today we hiked the 6 mile Go-John loop trail. It was the warmest day we’ve had so far this year, mid 80’s, but a great day for a hike. No snakes today, but we finally saw some blooming cactus, and they were impressive.
And we didn’t run into any horses today. This morning when I went to the office to pay for a few more nights, I asked the camp host if there were any nearby trails that didn’t allow horses. She mentioned Spur Cross Park, near Cave Creek. We may check it out tomorrow. She asked if the trails were getting bad, and I told her we would rather not have to dodge horses and poop on a hike. She said part of the volunteers job is to go and scrape it off the trails. We sure won’t be looking for a volunteer position at this park!
While we were at McDowell Mountain a couple weeks ago, we hiked a trail to Rio Verde, which is an over 55 planned golf community. Many of the houses border the county park, and others are on the golf course. We saw a couple for sale and called to find out the asking prices, which were between $400-500k. As you can imagine, the landscaping was superb. These are what cactus look like when they receive water at the optimal time.
No grass in the yards either, just rocks and plants.