Spring in Arizona

Exploring places unknown, enjoying the simplicity and beauty of nature and embracing with gratitude the experiences we have shared, that has been our journey!

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Someone we met during our travels highly recommended visiting Chiricahua National Monument since we would be traveling thru the area, so we decided to make a stop there.  We packed a lunch and spent a day at Chiricahua , the scenic road was closed for road maintenance so we decided to do a 6 mile hike into Rhyolite canyon.

The Chiricahua Apache called this area the “Land of Standing Up Rocks”.  It is a wonderful hike with beautiful views of the “hoodoos” and balancing rocks.

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We stopped along the trail for a quick lunch and we had a visitor!

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Mountain (yarrow) spiny lizard. 

As we got further along the trail we got closer to the “hoodoos”!

DSCN4870DSCN4814Pictures just don’t do Chiricahua National Monument justice!  It is a beautiful, scenic place😃  We also found the Coolest Radio Station in Wilcox, AZ…104.9 (especially if you’re our age)!DSCN4871

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Our next stop was Picacho Peak State Park, since prehistoric times Picacho Peak was used to navigate around this area. It was a very nice, clean and well maintained campground, the sites were spacious and almost all of them have a view of the mountain range and Picacho Peak (we were in site B-14).

There are several hikes/trails to explore the park.

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Calloway trail

 

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Sunset Vista Trail
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Beginning of Hunters Trail, (I couldn’t do the hike :(, it was rated as difficult )

The trails had beautiful flowers and cacti in bloom!

Our next stop was Surprise, AZ at the Sunflower RV Resort.  We went to a Mariners Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals.  It is a beautiful facility to enjoy one of  americas favorite pastimes.

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Great stadium,

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Small world, the people in front of us have a home on Whidbey Island!

and the Mariners won!

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Can you see Edgar?

 

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Blooming Prickly Pear cactus in Surprise, AZ

Hueco Tanks, TX to Chiricahua N.M., AZ – 303 miles

Chiricahua N.M. to Surprise, AZ – 261 miles

 


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