Hiking the Wind Cave trail.

This was my first visit to Usery Pass at Usery Mountain Regional Park in Mesa, Arizona. It was definitely one of the more scenic hikes I’ve taken in the Phoenix area. If you haven’t been to Arizona, you might be like a lot of people and think the desert is just rocks and cacti. Well, everywhere you look right now, there are colors and flowers blooming.

The following pictures were taken while hiking along the Wind Cave trail:

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After the hike, I saw a couple of people looking at something on the side of the road near the trail head. What they were looking at was this turtle, about the size of a basketball, taking a Sunday morning stroll. I pulled over to take a few pictures.

I’ve lived in Arizona for almost 18 years and this is my first time seeing a turtle in it’s natural environment.

Pretty cool stuff! turtle

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