On May 1, five hikers enjoyed an interesting eight-mile hike in the Tres Rios Base and Meridian Wildlife Area south of PebbleCreek. The hike started with a steep climb to the top of Monument Hill just east of the Phoenix Raceway, which provided a great overlook of the racetrack and surrounding area. The top of this hill also is the site of Arizona’s Initial Point, the 1865 survey point from which the rest of Arizona is surveyed. The rest of the hike was relatively flat and provided impressive views of ponds along the river, thick with reeds, lily pads, cottonwoods, and interesting palo verdes in full bloom which looked almost like yellow weeping willows. The hikers also found some interesting concrete culverts which facilitated social and physical distancing for the group photo.