I don’t know about you, but this heat with higher humidity is kicking my tail. Eeesh. Long walks are out of the question because you can’t beat the humidity. This is the time of year where we head up north when we can to cool off.
As you know, Lynx Lake is one of my all-time favorite places, and when we heard of a visitor from England in town, we decided we must go. We loaded up the car with Dee McBride and her friend Lesley Morgan Pugh, a Brit, and headed toward Prescott. I have no idea where England is, and I seriously doubt I will ever go there. Do the dogs talk funny there, too?
From North Phoenix, Lynx Lake is only 1 ½ hours drive. Plug the day-use area into your phone and have $5 cash on hand for parking. A landmark for you is the PetSmart shopping center there at Walker Road where you turn left and then follow the signs.
The drive went faster than normal as we listened to stories about England was Lesley. Mom has been and was fascinated, and now she wants to go back. Without me? How absurd.
The day we went was a “free-fee” day, and man, I’ve never seen it so busy. We even got up and out early to beat the traffic. Wow…just packed. I think we got the very last space available on the opposite end of the parking lot. The good news is we found a shady spot for human chairs.
Another surprise was the heat. Usually Prescott is 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Phoenix, but today is what already in the 90s. Dad and Dee stayed in the shade, and mom, me and Lesley embarked on the hike around the lake. Thankfully, the trail has a bunch of shade, and I could jump in the lake any time I wanted.
We started the trail at the entrance of the parking lot near the restrooms as we usually do, and I didn’t waste any time. The first chance I got, I went for a swim! Poor humans aren’t allowed, so they had to drink plenty of water. The trail starts off paved but quickly turns to dirt as it makes its way around the entire lake.
We really love that this trail is on the easy side and goes completely around. Many lakes don’t have a trail all the way around it, and we like the idea of a loop. Lynx Lake is about three miles.
People were all along the shore fishing and some were actually catching. Since Lesley wasn’t used to the altitude or heat, mom kept encouraging her to drink water. Drink she did, and then she had to go. Ha! I can go whenever and wherever I like. Humans can use bushes and tree, but it was way too busy for that today.
We picked up our pace, but that made us all hotter. I kept swimming to cool off. Mom and Lesley were definitely getting warm, but we made it completely around. Sitting in the shade felt great, and our picnic was even better. A slight breeze blew, and we enjoyed our view of lake and great conversation.
As the day progressed, more people arrived. Where they parked, I don’t know, but it started to get noisy. That was our cue to pack up and head home. We once again beat the traffic and got home safe and sound.
Normally, Lynx Lake wouldn’t be that crowded. Lesson learned is to check the website before you go to see if they are waiving the fee or having a special event. A hot day at Lynx Lake is still better than a blazing-hot day in the valley, and we got to share it with a new friend.
Stay cool as the humidity continues, and let’s hope we get some more rain out of it.
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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