Thursday, September 28, 2017

Saturday Morning Hike

After a busy week, we headed out for a refreshing hike on Saturday morning. To beat the rush, we left the house a little after the sun rose. The trailhead is located north of Sedona, and the sunrise lit the rocks most magnificently. Because we started out so early, we had most of the trail to ourselves on the way out. The path winds along a creek that meanders through the mountains. Fortunately, it is fall, so the water level is low, and the water temperature moderate as the hike has 13 cross-overs.

The initial path to the hike was littered with wild apple trees. On our way back, Noah fashioned a hook to grab apples right off the trees. These tasted amazing.

After about two and a half hour of hiking, the boys had to try out the water in earnest, and took off their hiking boots and waded in. Only the need to get back to Flagstaff stopped them from trying to dam up the trickle of water.

On our way back, we encountered lots of people, and we also noticed the difference in color – the sun beaming straight down certainly shifted the color spectrum, and we were happy to have had the morning glow view.

The hiking guide was indeed correct about arriving early. The parking lot was full, and the line of waiting cars extended at least ¼ of a mile, and many added several miles to the hike by parking further down the road and walking to the trailhead. Us leaving made someone very happy.

It is not for nothing, this canyon is called a mini Grand Canyon. I could have filled pages upon pages with photos of rock formations in various colors. Truly a beautiful hike and a fantastic way to spend a Saturday morning. 

 The green arrow is pointing at a red helicopter - these mountains are enormous

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