We pulled up stakes, or at least the RV jacks, on Friday and headed for Wickenburg. We needed to be a little closer to Phoenix for business reasons, and this is close enough. LOL. We are about 50 miles west of Phoenix, and just a few miles from Wickenburg. Wickenburg is just a small town, although it’s bigger than the last time I was here. We found a spot to boondock, thanks to the internet. Our spot is not as great as the last one, but the scenery is pretty, and there are lots of birds, including a ton of quail. The ground is nice on the dogs feet, since it’s mostly sand or soft dirt, and no small cactus.
Yesterday, we took off down the trail right outside the trailer to see what we could see.
We realized while hiking that there are trails everywhere! You could just hop from trail to trail and hike the whole day.
It’s very green here, flowers and grass and all kinds of plants. These yellow poppies are everywhere.
We are higher in elevation too, so there are a lot of saguaro cactus. These are so awesome!! I have been doing some reading to learn more about them.
Saguaro cactus are between 75 and 100 years old before they grow their first arm. Then after that, no one is really sure how soon they grow more. It all depends on were they are, and how much water is available for them.
This little “baby” saguaro is about a foot tall. So he is about 20 years old. Imagine!! The saguaro need a host plant to help them get started in life. One reason you will find them growing right in an ironwood tree, or other bush.
There are also a lot of yucca plants here, some of them are very big. Too bad they aren’t flowering right now.
Prickly pear cactus are everywhere too. The leaves on these can sometimes grow heart shaped, I love that!
And this is another yellow flower we found on our walk. We only saw one or two of these, but they sure are pretty.
This has been a good spot. Close to town if we need it, but quite and remote otherwise.