Cats and Cactus

cats peak sign

Today’s trail is called ‘Cats Peak’.  I tried to find out why it’s called that, but the rangers at Usery Mountain Regional Park didn’t know.  We do have bobcats and mountain lions here in the Sonoran Desert (and people here have seen them roaming around).

640px-Bobcat_(Lynx_rufus)_portrait    Kind of looks like my tiger kitty Spanky!


Anyway, the name makes me wonder if at some point someone saw either a bobcat or mountain lion on this hill, and decided to call it “Cats Peak”.

cats peak 1

The trail is a slightly more difficult one, as my son found out.  He was carrying his cell phone in his hand, tripped on a rock, and fell.  The only things injured where his cell (screen smashed to smithereens) and my wallet (to replace the phone)!  We were fortunate as to where he fell – his hand and arm just missed landing right in the middle of this!


So, what did we learn along the way of this trail?  Keep your phone in your pocket, and watch where you’re going!  🙂


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. susanscottsa
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 09:49:14

    Great post Julia and lovely pics. That cactus looks very sore – luckily missed in the fall.


  2. C.B. Wentworth
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 18:56:04

    Just a couple of weeks ago a bobcat was spotted in the (small) mountain preserve across the street from our house. I haven’t seen him yet, but I’m keeping my eyes open! 🙂


  3. sueannbowlingauthor
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 22:48:40

    Tried to leave you a reply, interrupted to follow, and my unsent post disappeared. Anyway my sister lives in Sierra Vista and while I can’t do much hiking any more, I do get in an hour or two a day on stationary bike and rowing machine.


    • Julia Stevenson
      Apr 04, 2013 @ 01:59:41

      Any exercise is good, and I’ll be doing the same type of exercise you are when summer gets here – I love the desert, but have no intentions of hiking in 110+ degrees! 😉


  4. Kathy S. Collier-Mehl
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 01:03:35

    I love the pictures and the story. I certainly wouldn’t want a run in with any of those cacti. Wonderful post! I’m a fellow A to Z Challenger. Have a great day!
    Kathy (794 on the list)


    • Julia Stevenson
      Apr 04, 2013 @ 01:58:12

      Hi Kathy! I’ve so glad you like the pictures – I keep forgetting to take my digital camera when I go hiking, and have just been using the camera on my cell phone. 🙂


  5. Joe Owens
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 17:48:50

    I am not sure i would want to meet up with these cats on the trail. I might come across a an easy snack!


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