Apache Junction, AZ
After spending a few days hiking in the Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona, we headed north on I-10 past Tucson to Picacho Peak State Park.
We came here intending to hike up a trail to the top of the peak. But the nimble hiker awoke the first morning with a very sore leg caused by a pinched nerve in her lower back. After two trips to urgent care in nearby Casa Grande for medication, we determined that a few days of rest were in order. So a climb up the peak will just have to wait for a later visit.
But we did complete a
hike walk through the desert enjoying the desert plants blooming all around us.
After a restful few days we moved north to Apache Junction, east of Phoenix. There is some great hiking in the area and the nimble hiker is on the mend, so we are looking forward to getting out for some exploring.
One would think that with the many RV parks in the Mesa/Apache Junction area we would have no difficulty reserving a spot for a couple of weeks. But we struggled finding a vacancy until we located Superstition Lookout RV Resort in Apache Junction. This is your classic snowbird park with more permanent units than RV sites. But we have a nice site with plenty of room on one side and a vacant permanent unit on the other.
Two couples who have blogs we follow are also in the area so we took the opportunity to meet at a nearby watering hole, The Handlebar Pub and Grill. We have known the Weavers (Wheres Weaver) for a few years now and were really looking forward to seeing them again. This is the first time we have had the opportunity to meet Ingrid and Al (Live Laugh RV). As it always happens when we meet people who live full time in an RV, we spent a few hours sharing experiences while enjoying good craft beer and a tasty meal.
The next day Pam’s pinched nerve seemed to be a little better so we decided to test it with a moderate hike at McDowell Regional Park, about 30 miles to our northwest. On the advice from blogger Suzanne (Take to the Highway), we explored the Scenic Trail, a loop trail that totaled under five miles with a small elevation gain. The primary reason for choosing this hike was to check out a Crested Saguaro located near the trail.
Usually the crested section is at the very top of the Saguaro. This guy is interesting as the crest is on an arm about half way up the main section.
We completed the hike with no further injury. In fact, Pam reported no pain in the leg so maybe she is on the mend. John reported some pain she had created for him, but he would not reveal its location!
After leaving McDowell Regional Park, we took a side trip through the community of Fountain Hills to check out another interesting Crested Saguaro described to us by Rick of Rick and Joanne’s RV Travels.
With only two weeks in the area we have a number of items on our agenda, so we need to get busy. First up is (surprise) a hike in the nearby Superstition Mountains.
More on that later . . .