Opuntia bigelovii - Teddy Bear cholla
After introductions and a group photo, we started out on the Freedom Trail, and
after a series of trail changes, returned on the same trail making a large lollipop loop.
The trails in this area each have more than one name or number, but since Neil
hikes here often and has a good map, he has memorized the system, so was able
to keep us all informed at each trail change. This was very interesting and helpful
to those who may want to revisit this area on their own.
We were fortunate to have the benefit of a little cooler temperature than usual,
because of a gentle rain yesterday, but the air seemed quite humid. We were on
the trail before the sun peeped over the hill.
Many hikers remarked about the abundance of Saguaro blossoms and the Doves
feeding on them, and also the interesting veins of Quartz running throughout the
surrounding hills. There are said to be over 20 old mines too, which are covered
over but still there.