Flying high before leaving Arizona – Parker, AZ
As we begin our trek north, our final stop in Arizona was at Buckskin Mountain State Park, scenically located between the Buckskin Mountains and the Colorado River. It’s also situated along the Parker Strip, an 18-mile stretch of land that runs between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam. The stay here was shortened due to our 10-day detour to Mexico, but it turned out to be a delightful respite with excellent views of the river and surrounding mountains, plus a special surprise.
We didn’t waste any time exploring the park, and followed a connecting trail that led to a nearby overlook. From the top we had a commanding view of the Colorado River that separates Arizona and California, and the mountains that line the river on both sides.
With the short time we had here, we decided to combine several trails to create an excellent hike – the Lightning Bolt, Buckskin, Abandoned Mines and Interruption Point trails. It added up to just over four miles, but was good enough to give us a decent workout with interesting views.
Amidst this rugged desert landscape were a few budding Beavertail Cactus, some Creosote bushes and a lone Saguaro.
We were impressed that an overpass had been built just for hikers from the campground who want to check out the interesting trails and old copper mines.
A few weeks from now these dainty wildflowers will spring up everywhere to give the copper-colored mountains some beautiful color contrasts.
But the highlight of this stop turned out to be a flight aboard the sleek Cessna Corvallis TT owned and piloted by Rod, Steve’s pilot buddy who stopped by on his way to Scottsdale from northern California.