Thumbs Up!

Willy and I hiked a Prescott landmark trail up Thumb Butte.

I grew up with this Prescott Landmark practically in my back yard. However, I never hiked up it all those years. I recently put it on my bucket list of trails for Willy and I to conquer.

There are two ways you can hike this 2.5 mile trail. If you go to the left your first .75 miles is paved but extremely steep. Willy and I opted to take the trail to the right like the nice person who took this photo suggested.

 

The trail is well maintained and loops around at a gradual incline to the base of the rocks. I think we made a good choice taking the path to the right.

It was a gorgeous day for a hike. We enjoyed hitting the trails before the busyness of the holidays and while the weather was still nice.

There were plenty of places to stop and rest along the trail. We took our time and enjoyed the fresh air and scenery along our way.

The trail winds through the oak brush, pinon pines and even some prickly pear cactus toward the back side of the butte.

We made it to the top! Another hiker was nice enough to take our picture at the trail summit. Yes, to truly go to the top of Thumb Butte we would have had to scale the boulders behind us like some of the hikers were doing. Willy and I, however, were completely satisfied with calling the summit good enough.

At the summit there is an informal memorial dedicated to our beloved 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots.  The movie, “Only the Brave”, was made about these brave men.

We locals lost so much when we lost these men. There are very few of us who were not impacted in a very personal way through this tragedy. Clayton Whitted (top row 3rd from the left) was very dear to our family’s hearts. He was a youth group leader at our church and impacted so many lives in a positive way, including our daughter. This little memorial was an unexpected surprise. We paid our respects then headed down the steep 3/4 mile trip to the bottom.

 

From the top down the trail is paved with plenty of rails to stop and enjoy the gorgeous view and at the bottom is this revolving gate. Willy was fascinated with it.

Of course, everywhere we go Willy makes a new friend. Everyone loves Willy and Willy loves everyone!

Another wonderful day spent doing what we love!

Aspen Creek Trail

“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.” – Mary Davis

To be in nature is therapy for my weary soul. To hear the breeze blowing through the pines is peaceful and soothing. Willy and I needed this hike – we needed this time in God’s creation to rejuvenate.

We did meet one couple along the trail – Willy never meets a stranger, he loves everyone. But, the rest of the hike was just us and nature. We never did figure out why it is called Aspen Creek – there aren’t any Aspen trees.

We were not alone in the forest, we were surrounded by animal life, we even saw some deer! They were too fast to get a photo, unfortunately. Willy could not understand why I wouldn’t let him chase them.

Willy had a blast exploring along the trail. He tried to get the squirrels to come out of the trees to play, but they opted to stay up at a safe distance.

The golds and reds of the oak leaves were a glorious splash of color against the pines. Willy loved rolling in the leaves and running through them to hear the crunch beneath his paws.

Sometimes we just have to be reminded to slow down. Willy helps me remember that. Without him, I would just keep hiking – pushing myself. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you don’t stop and take breaks, you miss the beauty.

Until next time, be sure to slow it down every once in awhile. Don’t miss the beauty.

Goodbye Summer … Hello Fall

Seasons come and seasons go.

The temperatures are cooling off here in Central Arizona; Fall is in the air. Summer is over; another chapter is closed. We had a great summer with so many wonderful adventures and memories. We enjoyed sharing them with you.

We went on several different hikes together and discovered some beautiful places to explore locally.

We also went on some trips away from home and visited some gorgeous places along the way. I hope you enjoyed following our summer adventures as much as we enjoyed sharing them with you. Now … bring on the new season … Hello Fall!

 

 

 

A Day at the Lake

Willy and I explored the shores of Watson Lake.

It was a gorgeous day for a hike around the shores of Watson Lake in Prescott Arizona. It is no secret that Willy loves the water, so this was definitely his kind of adventure!

One just does not take Willy anywhere near water and not let him go swimming. Oh how Willy loves to play in the water!

As we hiked around the shores we saw some people in their kayaks. Willy thought that was pretty cool. Personally, I think he was hoping they would offer him a ride.

Watson Lake is surrounded by Granite boulders. I had a lot of fun with this photo shoot. Gorgeous scenery, beautiful water reflections and a very handsome dog. It made my job fairly easy.

Willy didn’t care so much about the photo part, but he did really enjoy climbing the boulders. I think it made him feel like he was on top of the world!

Sometimes you just have to do something that makes you feel glad to be alive!

Until next time, get out and go on an adventure of your own!

 

 

Six Places at Once

Not too many dogs, or people for that matter, can say they have been to six places at once!

Willy and I took a little trip last week. We drove to Delta, Colorado. Willy is always excited for another adventure.

Our first stop was The Four Corners National Monument. Now I know that it is true that when you stand at a certain spot on the monument you are in four states at the same time, but did you know that you are also standing in two different Native American Reservations? So Willy actually was at SIX places at once: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, the Navajo Reservation as well as the Ute Reservation.

Can I just say that it was HOT that day! It was 108 degrees so I did not let Willy’s paws be on the hot sidewalk longer than it took to snap a couple quick photos. This was the best photo I could get, but believe me when I say, he truly was six places at once. After this quick stop we were on the road again into Colorful Colorado!

(Photo courtesy of the wonderful ladies from fearlesspet.com )

Can I just say this was by far the most BEAUTIFUL drive I have ever been on thus far in my 53 years of living on this earth. We followed the Dolores River for miles and miles.

We saw some gorgeous scenery. This was June 19th and there was still snow on the mountains.

An absolutely stunning sight where lush green meets snowy mountains.

We arrived at our destination and picked up Willy’s new friend, Carly Sue. Then we checked into our hotel room. Willy and Carly got to know each other then we got some much needed sleep for the journey back home the next day.

Until next time, stop to enjoy the beauty around you.