A brief history on Saguaro Lake...it was formed by the Stewart Mountain Dam, which was completed in 1930. It was the last of the reservoirs to be built on the Salt River. The lake is named for the Saguaro Cactus, which stand in the surrounding desert landscape. It is 12 miles from dam to dam and has 22 miles of shoreline. Much of the rock formations seen in and around the lake were made by volcanic ash that was spewed into the atmosphere years and years ago then settled back down to earth and gradually hardened and is really pretty neat.
While driving around on Wednesday I went down to Saguaro Lake Ranch, which is on the other side of the dam to see if I could shoot any of the horses at the stables, only to discover
But you don't care about any of that so...on with the pictures!!!
|Saguaro Lake Marina|
|Bald Eagle nest---VERY cool|
|Campground---only accessible by boat|
|Crested Saguaro Cactus--they're not sure what causes the arm to fan out like that and they've very uncommon|
|Nest again w/1 bird gone|
It was really a neat trip and I'll definitely do it again because apparently they take different routes sometimes. And they also see different types of wildlife on the trips. We were told there's often a Bighorn Sheep hanging out on one of the rock formations, but he wasn't there the day of this cruise. It would've been awesome to see a wild Bighorn Sheep, but I was super excited to see the wild Bald Eagles. I've seen them in Washington and in Flagstaff (AZ), but never closer to my area.
Well, I guess that's it for now. Tomorrow or Wednesday I'll put up the other horse photos I got.