McDowell Sonoran Preserve Day 2

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Southern section of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve (MSP) trailhead Lost Dog Wash was packed with people on a Thursday morning in November. The desert had finally cooled and Covid mania was waning in Scottsdale. People wanted to be outside, doing something, and having fun. (See previous post about the MSP)

Did you hike during the pandemic of 2020? What did you do about other people on the trail? How did it feel to be outside instead of in a lockdown? 

We choose a shorter trail, 2.0 mile approximate, because of time constraints. The trail was almost devoid of Saguaro, but abounded with the white-topped cactus, Jumping Cholla, and more barrel cactus.

Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days.
The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses.
Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy!
The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon,
  as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon.
There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God.
With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Isaiah 35:13 (NLT)

The Lost Dog and Ringtail trails bordered nearby neighborhoods and a friendly dog navigated the rocky path quite well. Very urbanized desert.

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