Is something I would not have imagined. After all of the dust, rocks and hills (and fortunately still paved roads) we rounded a corner on the trail into the Tonto National Forest. Forest? Unless you mean a forest of cacti. Well, there were some trees but mostly it was cacti and other forms of succulents. As we were here in January there wasn’t much blooming; I missed seeing that by a few weeks but it was still amazing scenery none the less. The family pulled over into this little cove to let me and the camera out.
Here we were surrounded by desert life and there it was, Canyon Lake, with people boating and fishing. There’s even a little steamboat on the lake that will take you for tours. The first photo below is from the side where we pulled over and the second one is from the other side where you can just make out the road we were driving on in the middle of the hill on the left. I’m so used to seeing cacti in purely arid regions but here they were right next to a lake; a beautiful contrast. I suppose that makes the cactus happy.
It was at this juncture of the trail that we came upon our first one lane bridge with the signs No Fishing, Diving, Loitering On Bridge. Does photographing on the bridge while watching out for vehicles fit into any of those categories? I would like to add that on the trail the “facilities” are few and far between so be warned if you happen to be drinking a lot of water on your trip. There are facilities and a picnic area right past this one lane bridge and this day there were fishermen on the beach. I was told by one of them that they were angling for bass and trout. Bass and trout in Arizona? Who knew! It’s a lot easier to just pull over and get out for photos around this part of the trail than further on… and your ears may start popping soon after.
Next on the trail – a saloon!