January 4, 2019, Cave Creek-
I decided that my long exercise of my still-recovering left knee would best be achieved on the Maricopa Trail. Thus came today’s 5.8 mile round trip from Andy Kunasek Trailhead, on the east side of New River to the edge of the Overton-Go John Loop, itself at the western end of Cave Creek.
My walkabout took me through the above square, and over a few of the mountains in the background. It was a moderate hike, through saguaro forests and past a few outlying housing units, as a Sonoran Desert jaunt always does.
It’s said that saguaros will be endangered, should the current level of planet -wide heat and dryness continue to increase. For now, though, the saguaros are glad to say hello.
Every active wash in the Sonoran region seems to have at least one cave, of sorts. I spotted this shallow granite indentation, whilst waiting for two lovely ladies and their horses to pass.
These two lovely ladies are content to grace the side of the trail.
I found myself in the same state of happy tiredness, at the end of this exhilarating hike, as I have been on other such jaunts- so I feel the winter desert hiking season will not be a wash, after all. My knee, though still a bit stiff, is on the mend.
I will return to this area, in a week or two and relish the Overton-Go John Loop.