Presidents’ Day Hike

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One of the perks of working in a government job is that we get every Federal holiday off from work. Yesterday was Presidents’ Day, the second such holiday of the year. My dad, brother and I all agreed that it would be a fine day for a hike. We met up fairly early to head out just east of Phoenix to the Superstition Mountains to hike the Hieroglyphics Trail. It’s been unseasonably hot lately, but it was just about perfect while we were hiking. The hike is about 1.5 miles long (one way) and not incredibly steep – which is good because I haven’t been hiking in quite a while.

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the Teddy Bear Cholla cactus.

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The trail ends at the mouth of a canyon that has a little spring and some Native American hieroglyphs on the rock that were carved by the Hohokam (if you look closely at the photo below you can see them in the center). We sat in the shade on the cool rock and watched butterflies and listened to the birds.

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the majestic Saguaro cactus.

It was a beautiful way to spend a morning and I think I just might have caught the hiking bug! My brother goes hiking almost every weekend, but he is experienced (and in shape) and goes on trails that are much too tough for me right now. I’d like to hike some of the other ‘baby’ trails nearby so, in the future, you’ll probably see more photos of my rambles in the gorgeous Arizona landscape.