It was 85 degrees today, a perfect day for walking outside
We drove to San Tan Mountain Regional Park and took the easy one mile hike, first half Little Leaf Trail, then turned left and headed back along the Gold Mine Trail.
We saw the spring wildflowers
The best thing I did was stop at the nature center before the hike to ask for the right hike for my boys and to pick up a color sheet of wildflower identifications so that we knew the names of the flowers.
Mexican gold poppies are my favorite. I love their vibrant, sunny color.
We did not see any snakes, just some lizards and birds. I knew the snakes are out this time of year. I like to see them, I just don’t like to be surprised by them.
We picked up the snake and the tarantula at the gift shop. They were so soft and cuddly and very reasonable!
At the halfway point we saw the sign for the Gold Mine Trail and turned left, back to the visitor’s center.
The boys were a little tired but revived whenever they saw an interesting rock or a good walking stick. We each drank a bottle of water.
we spent about a half hour in the visitor center playing with puzzles, resting a little and watching the snakes.
The San Tan Mountain Regional Park has an active calendar. The park is located at 6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek Arizona 85242, 480-655-5554, email@example.com It has a visitor’s center with a modern restroom and a gift shop.
On the way home from the park I pulled over on Riggs Road (right next to the Equestrian Center) and photographed a beautiful wash loaded with poppies, lupine, marigold and bladderpad.
I hope you enjoyed our pictures of our morning out! I enjoy sharing our days with you.