I was meeting up for a camp-over on Saturday nite (I still need camping practice) and hike on Sunday with the Tucson Alt Hiking group so I decided to come out to LD Park to shoot some wildflowers. It was a beautiful afternoon though the wind was a bit gusty. I tried to get some different perspectives by shooting the flowers with a backdrop of the Flatiron and such. This meant I spent a lot of time on the ground but I think I got what I was looking for
. I only went up part way as I wanted to go investigate some other parts of the park. There were quite a few people on the trail but not terribly bad.
Next I headed for the Prospector's View trail (FYI it does has some decent elevation)as there were some major poppies on display along the way. I loved the views of the Mother/Grandmother Lodes and the Goldfields. I tried to incorporate some of my wildflower photos with them in the background as well. From Prospector's View I headed down Trail #56 which takes you by the Green Boulder... not sure why it got that name
. The trail is a little slippery here as you are going down a fairly vertical slope but not for long.
Once at the bottom, I took Jacob's Crosscut and spur trails of that as I made my way back to #53. It really is quite green out there along with sporadic but sometimes intense displays of wildflowers. There was also a lot of birds and I was actually able to spot them when they were singing/talking.
As for the camping, we had a good sized group and we all spread our stuff out (cooking equipment, etc) on the 8 or so picnic tables under the veranda. It's a very nice set up as it also has lights that can be turned on/off, a big fire pit, a couple big grills and water...and of course, a girl's best friend, port-a-potty(s)
. We all sat around the campfire until after 10. We did have an almost full moon too so that was neat to watch it rise above the Supes. Getting to sleep went pretty well except for the first two hours as it was cold. Then the wind came up and it seemed quite pleasant, go figure.