The Birthplace and Home of Cochise
Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
159Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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We walked along a scenic nature trail where we learned more about the plant species growing in the area. Many of the trees have leaves and are quite a surprise to us Northlanders. One of my favorites is the manzanita, which has red bark. The Spanish name translates to "small apples", since the berries of the plant do resemble them. There are a few species of cactus, but mostly one sees trees and bushes well-leaved and thriving
The mountains are comprised of many large to huge rocks, smooth in texture and scattered in draws which drain into the creek. This time of year, most creek and river beds are dry. The "Monsoon" season here is in July and August when most of the rainfall occurs. There are few culverts here. The roadbed merely dips to allow the water from these storms to flow unimpeded. A common sign seen states "Don't enter when flooded." Sounds like common sense, but if one does drive into the water and his car stops, he is subject to penalties.
Tomorrow we'll venture 38 miles into the Chiricahua Range of mountains to the National Monument. We had originally planned on camping there, but due to the length of Shorty, were unable to.