While visiting in Arizona, Dusty and I went hiking early one morning in the Superstition Mountains. This area is one of our favorite places to hike! We chose the hieroglyphics trail which led us to a small flowing pool of water and ancient markings along the mountain side. The views were gorgeous, the weather was a sunny and comfortable 65 degrees. It was a beautiful way to start our morning to say the least! Hiking is one of my favorite forms of exercise – I am able to bring my camera and snap some fun creative photos, witness beautiful views and get my heart rate up all while enjoying the company of my husband or a friend. Dusty and I are history nerds at heart…him even more so. You can be assured that I received a full history lesson on the area as well as details on the different wildlife and vegetation that surrounded us during the hike!
What are some of your favorite ways to exercise? Or…places to hike?
Supposedly each arm on a Saguaro Cactus equals 100 years! Making this cactus ancient! It was huge!
My tour guide.
Dusty also told me that if I were stranded in a desert I should cut in to the bottom of a cactus as the cactuses are water retention bearing plants and at the bottom of each cactus lies a holding tank of water. You can break in to this section of the cactus to pull out water to drink! (who would have thought?)
Rattlesnakes hibernate under rocks during the winter months so we did not have to worry much about them (thankfully)!
When we made it to the end of the hieroglyphics trail the views were beautiful!
The hieroglyphics are known to have been created by the HoHoKam tribes who inhabited the area over 2,000 years ago. The markings on the stones are thought to be pictures of ceremonial and religious festivities (think of it as our modern way of taking photographs to hold on to memories).