Once settled in the RV park, I got an email from a friend, asking if the poppies on Peridot Mesa were in bloom. I had no idea, but decided to check into it. Using Google Maps, I found the mesa about ten miles away on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Once on the mesa, I encountered some interesting people. First, a couple of Mormon missionaries, just starting an 18 month assignment on the reservation, walking with an Apache woman who was a member of their congregation. Later, a Catholic priest showed up to view the poppies. He told me he had been the priest at San Xavier Del Bac prior to his move to San Carlos. Most of his adult life has been spent serving with various tribes.
The poppies were actually blooming, though probably not yet at peak. The wind was blowing pretty hard, bringing in a storm system, so I took a few photos and left. Otherwise, I might have found some peridot, the semi-precious gem stone for which the mesa is named.