Once we headed back from walking Waterfall Trail at the White Tank Mountains, we decided to drive around the park, which is huge. The rain clouds were all around the mountains. It reminded my husband of Ansel Adams photos from the 80’s.
There were a couple photographers out that morning taking photos. Every now and then we could see them by the sides of the road setting up their shots and shooting away.
The second trail we decided to walk was called Wildlife trail.
This trail came with a windmill.
When we asked a grandfather and his grandson walking back from the trail what was over by the windmill, his reply was really funny “A dirty pond” and I started laughing. Arizona rainstorms create dirty ponds everywhere, but all our cattle we have out here and also all the other animals around don’t seem to mind their water with a little dirt. Water is so precious in the desert.
We all headed out to see this dirty pond at the end of the trail and yep…it was pretty dirty looking. But I still loved it. Guess I am weird like that. I wouldn’t jump into this water hole though, not even as a child. I only jumped into desert ponds that had moving water in it. I mean, YUCK…even a kid can see this is not the kind of water you want to hang out in. But it still had a look to it and there was still beauty in this dirty pond.
The windmill was really cool.
And there are benches around the pond so you can just sit there listening to the birds and bees all morning if you like.
There was a little field of yellow flowers around the pond, so the bees were buzzing everywhere. It was so pretty.
There were all kinds of beautiful desert plants out to see up close. My son took this photo of a mushroom. Restless roots, that ones for you guys, love your mushroom shots from Nova Scotia…here is one of ours from Arizona.
We hung out by the pond for awhile, then decided to go have some lunch. I packed sandwiches, fruit and water.
I also brought a bunch of my coloring books I got for Christmas. I don’t usually have time for these but since the surgery I started on some to de-stress. And you know, this is fun…coloring that is, and it does relax you. Now if only I could knit or crochet, heard that is very relaxing too.
I also printed up some free sheets to color online and even got my son to color along with me, although I think he would die of embarrassment if anyone found out he was coloring with his mom but hey, he seem to also enjoy it. So the moral here is just do what makes you feel happy…it’s all good in the end.
After eating lunch, reading and coloring for awhile we decided to head to the visitors center in the park.
The visitors center is right next to a library. If you are from out of state you can still visit the library and read books there, even though you can’t check them out. The library has huge windows all around it from floor to ceiling, so it is like you are sitting in the middle of the desert.
I have sat here catching up on magazines watching a baby hawk and mother in the distance (there was a sign posted about it by the nest outside) and it was such a beautiful site, I will never forget it. So if the library is open, go inside, it is really nice.
There is also a tiny used bookstore inside for anyone that needs a book to take with them before they head out to hike one of the trails on the mountain. Having a good book to read, hanging up high on a mountain boulder with a view, well lets just say, that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
If you have little ones with you, don’t miss taking them here. They have critters around in glass cases to see like scorpions and information on the area.
It’s also a gift shop filled with all kinds of Arizona souvenirs. Like these scorpion pins, soup bowls and handmade art from some of the local artists from the area.
I always tease my kids when we are around these types of gift shops and we come across these rocks “ My whole room had these everywhere when I was growing up” I tell them. I could never have enough of these little shiny colorful stones.
There’s a ton of information on the park and the native Americans that used to live in the area. This would be a fun field trip for any of you home schoolers out there.
Don’t forget to check out one of our desert tortoises on the way out. You can adopt these if you are in state. You have to have the proper surroundings before you are approved for adoption. They are kind of fun to watch, especially when eating.
Hope you all enjoyed our mini day trip adventure. Have a great week, from all of us at Our Little Red House. For more information on the park click here (https://www.alltrails.com/lists/white-tank-mountain-regional-park) Happy adventures everyone.