Phoenix Citscape


On this beautiful Valentine’s Day in Phoenix, we hiked along the National Trail on South Mountain from Buena Vista to the Towers.  This flat hike offers panoramic views of the distant Phoenix cityscape.  A variety of cactus was evident, from the stately saguara to robust red barrel cactus.  The cholla or teddy bear cactus was showing new growth.  Devil’s claw, a low-lying black growth used in basket making, was also seen in a few spots.  The mountain side itself was green from all the recent rain.  Nice hiking and a welcome respite from dealing with car salesmen yesterday.