Welcome to Roy D. Drachman-Aqua Caliente Regional Park!
Just Northeast of the city limits, lies the Roy D. Drachman-Aqua Caliente Regional Park. This park of 101 acres is named for the perennial warm water spring of 87 degrees that supports many California fan palms. It is truly an oasis in the middle of the Sonoran desert, and the spring has served as an attraction for over a century. The ponds are fed by spring water and support diverse wildlife and fish populations. The park is the home to many butterflies and birds, including the great blue heron, vermilion flycatcher, snowy egrets and ring necked ducks. On any given day, one might see tilapia, blue gill, bass, and grass carp as well as several different species of turtles. In short, the Aqua Caliente Park provides a dramatic setting that is rare in a desert setting
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.