It didn’t take Dave long to get way ahead of us. It was an absolutely lovely day and Esther and I were determined to enjoy the blue sky, the warm sun and the amazing scenery so we walked at a much slower pace.
Esther had never been to Arizona before so she was excited about seeing so many cacti .
Sagauaros can grow to be 40-60 feet tall. My friend Esther is pretty tall but she is dwarfed by this giant saguaro.
Although the three-mile trail is only rated as a 2 out of 10 for difficulty Esther and I stopped to rest often, took plenty of photos and walked carefully on the last bit of the trail which is very rocky.
At the end of the trail we also saw the famous ‘hieroglyphics’ the trail is named after. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica only writing on Egyptian monuments should technically be called hieroglyphics but since the 19th century picture writing of other peoples has also been called hieroglyphics.
These ‘hieroglyphics’ are actually petroglyphs. The ancient Hohokam people carved images of people, antelope and snakes into the rocks.
There are a couple of pools at the end of the trail which you can apparently swim in at certain times of the year. They looked pretty shallow and stagnant on our visit. There was a stream of water running down into the pool and it made a lovely trickling sound. The quiet was so nice. All we heard were the running water and birds. We did meet a few other hikers, but not many.
On the way back down the trail Esther got her second wind and led the way.
We noticed these teddy bear cholla cacti glowing in the sun. They get their name because of the fact that from a distance they look like fuzzy cuddly teddy bears. However they are really covered with silvery spines that are extremely painful if you get stuck with them.
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