Hiking the Treasure Loop Trail, Lost Dutchman State Park

Oh! The Sonoran Desert! There is nothing like it with its plants with exotic names: cholla, ocotillo, palo verde, saguaro, yucca, agave, creosote bush, velvet mesquite, and its animals: javelinas, packrats, ringtails, jack rabbits and yes, rattlesnakes, tarentulas, scorpions and gila monsters. I am woken up every night by singing coyote. Gamble quails run around our campsites with their funky hairdos, like old ladies running late for a wedding. Lizards run under rocks as soon as we approach... I'm so glad we'll spend the next month in this beautiful ecosystem!