One might think that having lunch with a Roadrunner would be the highlight of any day,
but our afternoon was even more memorable!
Recently, while exploring the Tonto National Forest, in southern Arizona,
we were drawn to so many beautiful oases in the desert.
I can’t wait to take you to two of my perennial favorites!
We seek out these breathtaking oases each time we visit our family nearby.
Come join us!
For our afternoon hike, you will need:
sturdy shoes, a hat, water bottle, sunscreen,…
and you might want to bring your camera along, too. ☺
Follow me…. but watch your step!
Don’t worry. I have been here many times.
We won’t get lost.
Let’s begin our hike at the trail head, and walk down
to a beautiful oasis.
The Salt River provides a lush green oasis
in the midst of the harsh Sonoran desert.
People love to fish, canoe, and hike here.
Turn around, very s-l-o-w-l-y.
You will see the reason that I come
to this breathtaking oasis!
These mountains bring tears to my eyes
every time I hike here.
I stand here in awe… fully mindful and present.
My worries seem small whenever I stand in this beautiful place.
The Salt River is low at this time of year.
We can walk out onto the river bed.
I just love to look at the river rocks,
worn smooth over time.
During the summer months, when a nearby dam is opened,
the Salt River grows much wider and deeper.
The river flows over the
rocks where we are standing.
Just a short drive brings us to our next
Saguaro Lake is a sparkling gem in the desert!
It is very popular with boaters.
Visitors can cruise the lake on the Desert Belle tour boat,
and enjoy a wonderful meal on the patio of the marina,
overlooking Saguaro Lake.
It’s so hard to believe that this beautiful lake
is surrounded by the wild desert!
We love to come to the lake
for a picnic breakfast
and we are not the only ones… ☺
It’s mid-afternoon already, but our hike continues.
The best is yet to come!
We can find the trail head for
my favorite place to hike
just past Butcher Jones Beach.
This trail is very uneven,
as it meanders along the water’s edge.
Be very careful, as we walk up along this narrow, winding trail.
I am always so amazed to see
these giant Saguaros
growing at the edge of this lovely lake,
named in their honor!
I always stop to take in all of the unique beauty
of this special place,
where the water and the desert come together
We can hike quite a distance, before the trail becomes much too rugged for me.
Then we will just turn around and retrace our steps.
Oh, how I love this very spot! ↑
Calm. Peace. Solace.
Driving south along the lower Salt River,
we always stop here to admire Red Mountain.
Seeing this beautiful mountain
always means we are
the dearest part
of the Arizona desert…
We were here celebrating their birthdays,
making wonderful family memories,
and counting our blessings.
Thank you so much for hiking with us today!
I appreciate the time you spend visiting and truly love your comments.
Hoping you will find solace in nature this week…