Photo of the Day 4.9.20

manzanita berries

We took a ride over to the Coronado National Forest – Mt. Wrightson Wilderness area to hike part of the Arizona National Scenic Trail.  The Arizona Trail encompasses 800 miles of non-motorized pathways stretching from the Mexico border north to Utah.  Since we have a great view of the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness area mountain peaks from our camping spot, it was fun to hike along a trail that crisscrosses through that landscape.

The terrain is so much different than the high-desert grassland.  We walked within the foothills of the mountain peaks through oak-pinyon-juniper forests interspersed with Mexican Manzanita – a beauty of a plant!  The reddish-brown bark of the branches against the bright green leaves and red berries is a sight to behold.  I love this plant.  It was refreshing to immerse ourselves in a completely different ecosystem for a day – and so close to us!

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