February 28th, 2017 ~ Day 340
Parking at 7th Street and Thunderbird Avenue, Eric and I began our hike on an unnamed trail with lush green grass all around us. With the sun shining brightly on the mountainside, the grass seemed so much more vibrant.
It was still raining out this morning, so we waited out the storm, and here we are for an evening hike in the beautiful Arizona sunshine! I’m so grateful we waited.
Heading towards the North Mountain Visitor Center, with North Mountain in view, we made our way along our unnamed trail. The sun now hidden behind Shaw Butte Mountain.
One thing I’ve noticed over the last year about the Phoenix preserves, is that there are a lot of unnamed trails. People carve their way through the desert and someone thinks it’s a trail, so over time it becomes a worn out path and it pretty much becomes a trail. All is good, except when you go to write about it and have a trail with no name. 🙂
We made it to the Visitor Center, walking through the parking lot and then back to the trails. The trail was completely covered in water. Luckily there was a path around it.
It rained most of the day yesterday and this morning. Rain is rare for Phoenix, but this year along with a mild winter, is the reason why the desert has so much green grass. We must have gotten a lot of rain last night, the water has no place to go and the earth can’t absorb it fast enough.
We found even more water in the desert as we headed along 7th Street back to our trailhead. It was a beautiful evening for a hike. We made it 1.5 miles. I’m so glad we waited out the storm. A bright warn evening hike sounds much better than a cold wet morning hike. Today was just another beautiful day in this life! TYG!