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Trip Start Jan 14, 2010
Trip End Sep 02, 2010

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Picacho Peak State Park

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Sunday, February 14, 2010

Didn't mean to stay here for 4 nights, but it happened. Several reasons:

I’m here already

The weather is gorgeous and hiking is great

It’s a holiday weekend

They plan to close the park in June, so this is probably the last time I get to visit.

I would not want the job to decide whether to lay off teachers and cops or close State Parks.  I’m just sad the decision has to be made. 

The rains I enjoyed through the Southwest have brought a sea of life to this desert.  Wildflowers, some the size of pinheads, are popping up all over.  Tiny soldiers of hope.  Their fragile, short existence reminds us that beauty is indigenous to the earth.  Beauty even if it is fleeting and before anyone notices it is gone.  True beauty for beauties sake.  Okay, enough said.

Picacho means peak in Spanish which makes you think the name of the park is kinda redundant – peak, peak park.  But, as the brochure points out, there are two peaks here, so maybe not.  The hiking is great and not for wimps.  I mean, bring your leather gloves if you want to get to the top, cuz you get there via cables. 

Right now the park looks more like a golf course than a desert.  Green oozes from around every rock.  I swear it’s like a meadow!  Eighty degrees, cool breeze and a cloudless sky make for some near perfect beer drinking weather. 

Rant:  this may be politically incorrect and career limiting if I want to run for office (good thing I’m unemployed and don’t vote), but I have this rant about dog owners and parents.  Not all, mind you, but some.  First off, folks, get over it, but not everyone thinks that your dog or small child is the cutest thing since god made sunsets.  Really.  Just because your dog does not bite, doesn’t mean I want to feel his snauzer in my crotch.  Get it?  This is not cute.  Same goes for small children.  No, I’m sorry, your child/grandchild is not cute when he/she is screaming and flailing about or standing in front of me with a booogerey nose while I am trying to read a book.  Ohhhhh Kay??    I feel so much better

Which brings me to my newest friend, Robin and her dog Osita.  Robin does it right.  Osita is a Chow blended dog with a great demeanor and a mellow temperament.  Robin has complete control of her and realizes, thankfully, that although Osita is very cute (yes, I think so), she should not be let loose on strangers.  It was fun to hike with them.

With the imminent closing of this park, I'd encourage anyone close enough to get here and enjoy it while you can.  Support our State Parks!
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