SCOTTSDALE & MC DOWELL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK, ARIZONA MARCH 15 – 31, 2016

SCOTTSDALE SF GIANTS SPRING TRAINING:

After spending hours and hours cleaning the Yuma dust and dirt out of the inside of our RV, we headed over to Scottsdale, Arizona. Attending the San Francisco Giants Spring Training has become an expensive venture. It costs $40 per person to sit on the back lawn in the sweltering sun. No umbrellas for shade are allowed. We did get to see up close our favorite SF Giants players; Buster Posey, Angel Pagan, and Madison Bumgarner. We met our friends Nicole and Pete Urrea at Dakota’s Restaurant to replenish our liquids. Another day we had brunch with Steve’s cousin Karen Malliaras and her family.

We fortunately knew a number of friends in the Phoenix area. We had a great dinner at El Chorro Restaurant with Janet and Larry Read, and a delicious BBQ at Cindy and Gary Hughes condo.

One day we hiked up Pinnacle Peak, which is located outside Scottsdale, Arizona. At the top is a great view of the Sonoran Desert and valley floor. At the 2889 feet level we could look down at a very large mansion and complex. We wondered who was the owner of the huge hidden complex.

MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN:

We dry camped next to McDowell Mountain for a week. The 21,099-acre Sonoran Desert McDowell Mountain Regional Park is northeast of Scottsdale in the lower Verde Basin. Steve enjoyed the 15-mile Pemberton Mountain Bike Trail so much that he rode it a number of times. Patty hiked and photographed the McDowell Nature North Trail. The self-guided trail was abundant with saguaro cactus, buckhorn cholla, and fishhook barrel cactus. Patty and Steve attended a nice Easter service at Christ Church in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

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