Then, we drove out to see one of only two natural stands of palm trees that grow in Arizona.
They came over to pick us up at 9:00am. Ruth had packed a lunch, and off we went. It was a gorgeous blue sky day, and that's what is in the forecast for the whole week!
Heading out on the trail. It says you can free camp out here. Hey, Sherman could do this!
I love the saguaro cactus.
Geoff, getting out to lower the tire pressure. Might be some rough roads ahead!
Little bit of an uphill climb. I still say Sherman could have done this...
Look at the view. And the road is still in good shape. Who needs a four wheel drive...?
Ummm. Okay. Sherman might have had a difficult time here.
Made it to Dripping Springs.
Dripping Springs is exactly that. A wet patch that comes out of the ground in the middle of the desert. Not much to see, although it is kind of interesting that it exists in all of this dryness.
It was only a short hike to the springs. Not much to see, so not worthy of a photo.
This bush at the top of the hill was backlit by the bright sun.
Sherman might have had a tough time here. But he would have given it his best shot!
Okay, I have to admit, Sherman might have given up at this point. He's not a quitter, but I'm thinking he would have put it in reverse here.
Not us though! Yep, that's the rear wheel right off the ground!
Fran and Ruth getting lunch together.
Our lunch spot.
After lunch, we made our way back to highway 95 where we continued south for a few miles to the entrance to KOFA Wildlife area. We made our way about 7 miles on a smooth dirt road (Sherman could have done this with his hands behind his back!) where we then had a half hour hike to get to view this rare stand of desert palm trees.
Heading towards Palm Canyon.
In the center of this photo, you can see some greenery.
They are actually full size palm trees.
Amazing. How did they get there? Ruth and I tried to hike closer, but there are a couple of sheer rock areas where we probably could have got up, but might not have been able to get back down! We're not 25 anymore!
As we left, we spotted this hawk on top of a saguaro. Do you think he has a feeling of pins and needles in his toes??
What a great day we had. But it wasn't over yet...we made it back in time to watch the kickoff for the Superbowl. I'm not a big football fan, so I didn't have a preference of who won. The half time show didn't do anything for me, and there were only one or two half decent commercials. Geoff is a Patriots fan though, so he was happy with the outcome.
This morning is awning fabric installation day. Should be an interesting do it yourself project. I'll detail it all for you tomorrow, because maybe you can do it yourself!
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