Lake Pleasant Regional Park (northwest of Phoenix)
Our long stay in Tucson just flew by. One of the last activities we completed was a hike with Joe and Gay in nearby Tucson Mountain Park. We drove to the Sarasota Trailhead off of Kinney Road to hike the Starr Pass Trail.
During the hike we were almost attacked by Baron von Richthofen (aka The Red Baron) but he didn’t spot us.
The loop hike we planned turned out to be a bit shorter when the lead hiker (he shall remain nameless) turned on to an incorrect trail, so we added a mile on another trail at the end of the loop. Along the way we did spot a bit of wild life.
Over the past couple of years a hiking fan named Rebecca has commented on our blog. It turns out that she lives right here in Tucson. We took the opportunity to meet with her and her friend, Les, at Reforma Cocina & Cantina, a nice restaurant off of North Campbell Avenue. We enjoyed some great food and lively conversation about our different travels. Thanks again for the dinner, Les and Rebecca. Next visit, we’ll hit the trails!
On our last day in Tucson Joe and Gay invited us to their site for a tasty dinner. They have three small dogs so, of course, someone had to bring treats for them. She became instantly popular. Eat your heart out Lewis, Sasha, and Cody! Thanks, Joe and Gay, for a great dinner!
The next day we fired up the motorhome and headed north on I-10 for a 160 mile trip to Lake Pleasant.
We did not know about Lake Pleasant Regional Park until we read a blog post on Lowes RV Adventures when Steve and Mona Liza stayed here a few months ago. Steve did a review on the park and recommended site 18 as having the best views. Since we knew we would be coming this way when we left Tucson, we checked for availability and found site 18 open for four days. Steve was definitely correct, this site has the best views in the park!
We took a short hike up a trail to the visitor center but found it to be closed for renovations. As we came back down the trail we had a nice view of the lake and the campground with our motorhome in the distance.
We’ll be here for the next four days enjoying the views and hiking some of the trails in the park. Then it’s a short move east to Cave Creek Regional Park for the weekend.
More on that later . . .