Our park has a very active hiking group - something we've been wanting to do - but reluctant to do it on our own - as it is very easy to get lost in these hills. We joined the hiking group and every hike has a leader (with GPS etc) and a tail gunner - all of whom know the area well. We are a close drive to many trail heads and a lot of trails very near to our park. So far we have not hiked the same trail twice. The most spectacular hike was the Peralta Trail up to a summit where we had a great view of Weavers Needle. The trail was steep with many switch backs and large boulders in places that we had to climb up and over or around. Sandra's short wheel base creates a bit of a challenge - but we managed. The views were spectacular. This is likely the Signature Hike in the Superstition Mnts.
Besides our group hikes every Wed. we've taken advantage of other area attractions - specifically the Renaissance Festival and the Arizona Opry. The Festival is very entertaining - the workers are all dressed in period costume as are many of the attendees. Many damsels were cinched tightly into corsets with plunging overflowing necklines much to Barry's viewing pleasure! :) The Festival is a bit like the Fringe in that there are numerous entertainment venues - some better than others. We spent a full day there strolling around and soaking up the ambiance.
The Opry is a must see for us every year - as they have new shows each season. It is a dinner (they serve a hot meal to over 500 people in less than a half hour) followed by an excellent 2 hours of musical entertainment by a variety of artists. Excellent value for the money - only $32 a person.
|The gentle beginning of the hike. We call trail portions like this a 'highway'!|
|Onward and upward|
|The Mountains almost look painted against the blue sky! Our group of hikers is winding along the trail.|
|Climbing over boulders|
|Enjoying the Peralta Trail and catching our breath! Our Diamond Willow walking sticks attract some attention by a few hikers we meet on the trail. Many people here have walking sticks made from the strong ribs of the Saguaro cactus.|
|Still climbing and now we're closer to this interesting rock formation. Wouldn't want to be on this trail if there was a minor tremor!|
|The Festival has permanent buildings out in the middle of the dessert just East of Apache Jct. The Festival runs from mid Feb. to April 1 each year. Many get caught up in the pageantry - entertaining to just walk around and view all the antics!|
|Renaissance Festival attendees or workers in period costume - and it was a hot day! There is amazing traffic grid lock East from Apache Jct. every weekend during the Festival - but they have an amazing system of traffic control and routing in place!|
|A Harris Hawk sitting in the tree behind our trailer|