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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hiking the Treasure Loop of the Lost Dutchman State Park


One of the benefits to living in the Valley of Arizona is the numerous hiking trails available all year. This past weekend provided the perfect weather for a 4.8 mile scenic hike in the nearby Lost Dutchman State Park.

Folklore of the Lost Dutchman's buried treasure and ancient volcanoes wove in and out of our conversations. The Treasure Loop Trail was dotted with various cactus and an occasional gecko. What began as an entertaining hike with our local Job's Daughters bethel, ended with all the Kentucky Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, and cantaloupe we could stand.

During our mealtime conversation, I mentioned how much we love to make fresh juice from the citrus of our neighbors' trees. We've been blessed with grapefruit, lemon and oranges to our west and tangelos to our east. This subject prompted another dad on our hike to offer his mini orchard. Seems his front yard is overburdened with grapefruit and oranges. He asked if we'd like to stop by his place on the way home and fill our newly acquired Job's hike backpacks with citrus.

We are always happy to oblige in the acquisition of fresh fuits, veggies, and citrus! We bagged enough to make four containers of juice for our fridge and one to freeze. My fingers were a little pruned from so much juicing but the bounty was well worth the effort.

Appearantly the girls thought so too. The juice was gone in less than 48 hours.

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