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Published: March 26th 2020
blog 03-21-20 Opposite Side of the Park
For this mornings walk we went south to further explore that part of the park. Past the Lakeside Market, the entrance to the marina then to the Visitor's Center which is closed til April 8th. The volunteers all went home early and there is not enough staff to man it, too bad for me, no new movie tonight.
The first mountain picture you'll see has a building on top that I just had to find out what it was. It's an observatory that has tours certain days of the week but of course, it's closed now. Another trip.
There is a high pedestrian bridge I had to work up courage to cross so it was now or never. Watson did the low crawl as did I, and we stopped on the highest point to take pictures and take in the view. People fishing, boating, canoeing, even swimming, all interesting to watch. With Watson's prodding we made it down the other side and were safe on terra-ferma.
We wondered around a little more then made it back across the bridge, both of us feeling braver this time. We sat at the
pond where the bird feeders are and tried to discover a new species. Watson found a pod from the Mesquite tree, picture, and later I discovered that when times were tough flour was made from the seeds in the pod and they also brewed coffee from them. I guess times were tough....
We headed home for lunch then packed up again for a ride to the neighbor park Sonoita Creek. This creek feeds the lake and the area to the south is preserved as a wilderness area where you can hike or horseback ride. So we went for a small hike through the very inhospitable terrain. I just can't imagine how anything grows in this land with it's rocks, dry sand, heat and constant winds.
The trail wound through a bunch of Ocotillo plants. They are one of the most uninviting plants at first glance but after you learn a little about them, they are really interesting. They are clumps of sticks that grow out of one spot and grow to 10 ft high with thorns all the way up to the top where a red flower cluster forms in the rainy season. When it does rain within
days small leaves grow from the spot where the thorn grows out of the " stick." In the picture of the trail you can see that they grow all over.
There were lots of wildflowers starting to grow that helped soften the harsh terrain. I just can't imagine walking through all those stones with just mococins on. The poor horses walked on that all the time. This was the land of the Apache Indian, where Cochise lived. No wonder they were tough, they had to be to survive.
Back home and it was time for dinner and a rest outside before the cool temperatures drove us inside.
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