We went to two recreation areas along the Verde River in Tonto National Forest last week: Box Bar and Needle Rock. These areas are less than an hour from our house and we had never been there. In fact, I’d never even heard of them until recently and no one else I’ve mentioned them to has either. It was like stepping into Autumn all over again. It was gorgeous there.
Excuse the way-too-many photos. I’ll try not to blabber too much.
As we walked down a path to the river’s edge at Needle Rock, I saw something move behind a tree. I thought a person was fishing or something but, no, this is who was there:
We were about 3 feet from him/her! I thought she had stuff from the river on her head from having her head in the water…
But it was a ton of cockleburs! Altogether we saw 9 wild horses there (and they all had cockleburs in their manes and tails).
The horses are used to people but still wary…fortunately.
These horses are part of the herd of Salt River Wild Horses mentioned in a previous post. They have a pretty large territory they cover. The ones we saw on the Salt didn’t appear to have these cockleburs, though. I hope there is some way they work off eventually.
The birding wasn’t good but the scenery and the horses more than made up for that!
Full disclosure: I have 2 cameras that we take on our trips so Tony takes many of the landscape photos. 🙂