A small group of serious hikers decided to head east out of Phoenix today to the base of Superstition Mountains, just outside of Apache Junction. We took about four hours to cover the nine miles of the relatively flat hike over rocky trails.
The big treat of the day was the amount of running water we had to cross again and again during the walk. The other hoped for surprise turned out to be a reality; the wildflowers were in full bloom. Every mile or so we came around another turn, and just said "wow" when we saw what the winter rains have brought to the desert this year.
The trail was pretty crowded. Horses, mules, dogs, and lots of people were all out enjoying the day and seeing the sights. And with good reason. Today was the spring flower hike that I've been waiting four years to take. The wait was definitely worth it.
You can see more pictures of the day here. I manage to avoid being photographed. Which is probably a good thing because all you'd see is the big grin on my face that I sported all day long.