We've continued our wonderful (and somewhat crazy) hikes the past few weeks. So I'll get right to it and show you the pictures. I've heard many comment that they only look at the pictures so I might keep the writing shorter and try to get more pictures posted (and hopefully more often). Give us feedback if you feel otherwise. We love to hear from you.
Tabletop Trail - this is a hike you first have to drive 11 miles off-road (in a high clearance vehicle - thankfully the Jeep is high enough) to get to the trailhead. The drive gets you set for the beautiful hike ahead.
|Yikes! The sign we see mile 1 of the 11 mile off-road drive to the trailhead.|
|The summit - it took a little searching to find this one tucked away|
|hillside full of Saguaro cactus|
Tonto National Forest
|look closely - cliff dwellings in these cave looking areas|
|from inside the cliff dwellings|
|imagine this as your home!|
|the view out their "front door"|
|chillin' after our hike|
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument - we learned that the Organ Pipe Cactus is only found as far north as this park in southern AZ (actually just north of the Mexico border).
|Dust devil - these are seen often in AZ|
|Organ Pipe Cactus|
Do you know the difference between a National Monument and a National Park? Since we're visiting so many places we wanted to know. From the National Park Service: "The difference between a National Monument and a National Park is the way they are created. National Parks require Congressional approval but National Monuments are established by Executive Order of the President."
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
|Becky, my nephew Corey, my sister Jo Ann, my nephew Timmy and of course, hubby Tom|
|a dust storm rolling in|
|stuck at the monument in the middle of the dust storm|
Til next time...Happy Trails!