Buckeye and Buckeye Hills Regional Park that is.
First, up the little camping area called Buckeye Hills Regional Park - or Recreation Area. That got me a bit turned around the first time we came since I had my eyes on the road for Regional Park but on the highway the sign says Recreation Area.
Just like Gila Bend - we have been here several times before. One of our favourite stops. Well, one of my favourite stops - Derek's a mediocre fan of the place.
Obviously word has gotten out - or maybe it was just because of the holiday - but BOTH of our favourite sites were taken. We were shocked - we are usually alone or with one other rig - maybe.
Our heart sank just a little.
We got two really good hikes in. There are no set trails - you just make them yourselves. We start with the arroyos and go from there.
Sometimes we have to duck a little.
Today we were headed to the hills to the west.
Cassia is becoming quite the little climber. We had to do our hikes in the morning - still it was pretty warm.
Great views from the top. Sadly though lots of smog in the distance - Phoenix.
There is a campground with designated spots where we are parked. There is also a road out to another parking area. Above you can see the well marked road in the background - in the foreground is a more rugged road - this leads to a back boon docking site. Good if you have a van or truck and want to get away from everyone else.
Quite a few flowers already.
A shot of the road in - good for a dirt road.
The saguaro cactus at sunset near our site.
We also like to go for an evening walk after dinner when it has cooled down a little. Really - it was that hot! 30C or in the mid 80's while we were there.
Sorry, a bit on the blurry side. Nice that our site had a picnic table and shelter - we NEEDED the shade. Lots of solar power though.
Our third day there and another morning hike.
Back to the hills - a higher one this time.
At the top of the highest hill we came across these beetles - only in this one place. Derek took all of these shots of them. I couldn't choose which one is best so I am including them all. Amazing!
Quite the view of the surrounding area. Still with the smog. Not sure if it is all Phoenix or some from the very busy Interstate.
Heading back down - all at our own pace. This is the usual formation. Derek in lead - Cassia in the middle and mom taking up the rear.
So, that was our visit to Buckeye Hills. We aren't so good at desert boon docking these days - we get a bit antsy, even with the hiking. The days get a bit long……
With two nights under our belts we headed into Buckeye. Well, not really Buckeye - more like exit 117.
Another of our favourite places - the Lowe's. The third place we stop when we are in this area. The last time we were here we had to do some work on the van - remember our thunk, thunk bang problem from last time?
Good to be back on our spot beside the garden centre.
Cassia and I took a tour of the garden centre - anyone seeing this back at home in Canada?
And of course, Cassia one again posing with her shrub - a desert Cassia.
And with that our tour of Arizona comes to a close. I know - a quick visit. That's how it's going this year - in - out and we are off to the next spot.
We hear the California and the Oregon coasts calling our names this year and this time we have decided to answer. We've never headed home that way - a first for us. Pretty excited.
If you have been up the coast please share your suggestions and advice. Where should we stop? What should we avoid. We will be tying in at Ventura - lots to see and do. We are looking forward to the beach walks - fingers crossed for an early spring!
And San Francisco!
Our trips in to El Paso, Albuquerque and Tucson have given us enough courage to take this city on!
This is the second post of the night - I got a little behind without wifi and/or low battery power lately.
Hope you are all doin' fine! Thanks for checkin' in!