This morning, the Sheltie Rescue hosted a hike at Lost Dog Wash Trail as a fundraiser for their non-profit. We made voluntary donations of $10 to help the Sheltie Rescue. I met up with fellow Sparker, HIKERBECKY, to drive out to east Scottsdale, AZ, to the trailhead.
While waiting for the group hike to begin, I shot a few photos of the dogs joining in the day's hike:
rescue poodle meets rescue sheltie
Thelma & Louise (seriously, their names are Thelma & Louise)
The hike was beautiful. A lovely desert trail in Arizona. Saguaros, Ocotillo, and lots & lots & lots of "Teddy Bear Cholla," the most vicious of the "jumping" cacti. In this photo of HIKERBECKY and me, the Teddy Bear Cholla are prominent. All that lovely looking fuzzy stuff is nasty cactus spines!
I'm on your left, HIKERBECKY on your right.
Lost Dog Wash, this is the dry wash, not the trail. We crossed it.
Here comes Becky!
The really tall cacti are Saguaro. In spring, they have crowns of gorgeous, huge, white blossoms - Arizona's state flower. The shorter, very round cacti are Barrel Cactus, and you can see the plethora of Teddy Bear Cholla!
I love views like this, where you see layer upon layer of hills/mountains going on seemingly forever.
We hiked a total of 4.4 miles, 1 hour 36 minutes. According to my android app, "Map My Hike," I burned 500 calories on this hike. And it was FUN!