Last week was very pleasant weather-wise, probably our last cool spell for the summer, so we took a break from our usual neighborhood walks and did a loop hike to Dixie Mine in McDowell Mountain Park. We went out on a little-used social trail that I found out about on one of the Friday fitness hikes I joined over the winter. We tried it once before and got a bit lost, but this time around we stayed on the correct trail. Not a soul but us on the way to the mine.
|Crested saguaro in the trail-head parking lot
|The crest doesn't look very healthy but it had numerous flowers
Peak blooming season for saguaros is early May to early June. Saguaro flowers bloom typically at dusk and remain open till midmorning the next day, with each plant producing up to 100 flowers in a season.
|The blooming palo verde are lovely
|We thought we were seeing a big white flower about a third of the way down just below the saddle.
|Thanks to the zoom we discovered it was a broken cactus.
Nice hike and saw about 5 people coming back on the main trail.
Here are a few photos from our walks around town.
|Saguaro blooms are supposed to smell like ripe melons, but even though this one was close enough to smell, there were so many bees there was no way I was going to stick my nose anywhere near a flower.
On Friday we decided to take a scenic drive just to get out of the apartment. We made a loop past Usery Mountain Park, up Bush Highway to Beeline Highway and back. The roads were full of cars and RVs heading out for their Memorial Day weekend bashes. We stopped at Saguaro Lake, which was teeming with people who were not social distancing.
|I managed to get a shot that makes it look peaceful, but the parking lot and picnic areas were packed.
Wish more people would take social distancing and mask wearing as seriously as this cactus!