Anyway, we all split off and went our own way along the numerous trails. The arboretum has distinct groups showing desert habitat from all over the world with plants indigenous to those areas.
I didn't pay a lot of attention to which country the areas represented although I probably should have. There were some very interesting cacti from all over the world, of course.
I though I would never forget the name of this tree because it was so unique but I guess my memory isn't what it used to be.
They were so different.
The bark was smooth and very pale.
I am a birder. Therefore I was as interested in any new birds that I might see as in the plants. The Anna's hummingbird was gorgeous and there were several of them feeding and flying around feeders hung in the trees.
After a nice walk, we all reconvened at the picnic area for lunch which the kids had provided. Wonderful stuff. We then all headed out again on other walks. By this time, it was getting warm out and we were happy to return to the car and head home.
I highly recommend a visit to this place if you are ever in the Phoenix area. It is east of the metro area near a little town of Superior, Arizona. There is lots of shade and places to sit and take it all in or rest. There's lots of info about it at the website above.
Y'all take care and be safe during these interesting times.