Duration: 30 min
|Freeman Homestead Trail|
A sunset in the desert has always been a magical experience for me. I am not sure if it is the clear blue skies with brilliant orange hues or just the soothing silence, it's one of those times that I have always cherished. So when I ended up on the Freeman homestead trail in Saguaro national park for a short stroll in the evening I was treated to what would be one of the most beautiful sunsets I had ever seen. It was my last stop along the Cactus forest drive and a nice way to end my first day at the park. By the time I got to the trail head the Sun was almost grazing the horizon. Since the park closed at Sun down I assumed I had just about half an hour to explore the trail. As soon as I started down the trail, the sky was suddenly flooded with the most brilliant hue of orange as the Sun started to disappear into the horizon. The trail was fairly flat and a nice evening breeze blowing across the trail which was relief after a long sunny day. The best part was that the trail was entirely deserted and I had the entire scenery to myself. Excited I made my way further along the trail climbing down a few stairs and passing past some interesting information posts.
With the setting Sun the otherwise still desert seemed to come to life. A lot of rabbits were running around the trail almost as though they were teasing me to follow. It was a pleasant change from the rest of the day where the only life forms moving around the desert floor were lizards. As I walked further down the trail I came upon a couple of nice looking benches which marked around the turn around point for me. It took me a moment to pass the benches by with out sitting down to enjoy the beautiful sunset as it was getting dark. I made my way back up along a small desert wash which seemed to be a part of the trail. Finally, after about a few minutes of brisk walking I was back at the trail head. It had been a nice evening walk and it was time for me to head back ...
|A rabbit in the bushes|