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I was reading the newspaper this morning, and on the "front" page, there was an aricle with bright yellow poppies displayed in the very center of the page. Because of our rain this winter season, we have wildflowers everywhere. On the side of the freeways, in the foothills, and yes, at Lost Dutchman State Park. The paper warned that if we want to see these wildflowers, we had better do it earlier rather than later this weekend because of a low-pressure system coming our way today and Saturday. We decided to go for it. We were among many along the slopes of beautiful desert plants, the beautiful mountain, flowers with a breeze cooling us off as we climbed.
Did you know? At least in Arizona, picking the wildflowers is illegal!!!
The Mexican Gold Poppy -- shown on the left side here is an annual that blooms from mid February through May and has a beautiful orange, four petal, cup-like flower. Abundant winter rains trigger large area blooms, turning desert landscapes into "fields of gold."
The poppies only are "awake" during full sunlight. As we enterted the Lost Dutchman State Park, we could see the yellow patches on the southwest slope of the Superstition mountain. We took the trail which was approximately .5 mile from where we parked our car and headed out.
See those patches of yellow waaaaaaaaay up there and that trail waaaay up there? We took the Jacob's Crosscut Trail which runs about .8 miles along the base of Superstition Mountain - rated easy. It was worth every step. I've shared a few of the photos of our hike as well as some history of the area.
The mine is named after German immigrant Jacob Waltz ("Dutchman" was a common, though inaccurate, American slang term for "German," derived from the German-language word for "German" -- "Deutsch"). It is perhaps the most famous lost mine in American history: Arizona place-name expert Byrd Granger notes that, as of 1977, the Lost Dutchman story was printed or cited at least six times more often than two other fairly well-known tales, the story of Captain Kidd's lost treasure, and the story of the Lost Pegleg Mine in California. Robert Blair notes that people have been seeking the Lost Dutchman mine since at least 1892 (Blair, 12), while Granger writes that according to one estimate, 8,000 people annually made some effort to locate the Lost Dutchman's mine. (Granger, 99). Former Arizona attorney general Bob Corbin is among those who have looked for the mine. Others have argued the mine has little or no basis in fact and is a legend, though as noted below, Blair argues that all the main components of the story have at least some basis in fact.
According to many versions of the tale, the mine is either cursed, or protected by enigmatic guardians who wish to keep the mine's location a secret.
This view is from the top area looking back down. Aren't the Saguaro cacti stunning? The are scattered everywhere throughout the area.
Now, I'll show you some of my special flower photos!
I enjoy seeing our beautiful landscape that is magical to the eye. We sat on a bench and just listened to the peace and the quiet up on the hillside. It quiets the soul and helps us realize how very tiny we are in this large, large world. It also helps us get out of ourselves and see and appreciate what is out there for us to enjoy.
If you have an opportunity to drive out to the Lost Dutchman State Park and take a small hike, you will be glad you did!
Just 15 minutes from East Mesa on the outside edge of Apache Junction. A delightful day spending time with nature and with my husband!
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