Lost Dutchman State Park is only 10 miles from our resort, so Thursday we headed there for a hike. We had a really good rain (1.5 inches) a couple of weeks ago and the desert is very green. We really look forward to Spring when the cactus begin blooming. It should be a spectacular year.
It must be mating season for the cactus wrens. We could hear them singing--or at least chirping--everywhere. This one sat still for long enough I could zoom in for a picture. How do they sit on a cactus with spines like that?
Lost Dutchman has a good crop of saguaro cactus. We really wondered how this one sprouted all those arms at the same level.
I could take photos of the saguaro all day long. I won't bore you with that many (and we would never finish a hike if I took a picture of everyone I liked), but here are some more along the trail.
We also had good views of the Superstition Mountains.
It was only a short hike, between 2 and 3 miles, but we enjoyed it. We plan to do a lot more hiking in the next couple of months.