Just when I thought winter was behind us, we have more clouds and possible snow up north. I can tell you we didn’t see any signs of spring up north this past weekend and were surprised to see snow in the Prescott Valley.
We wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day early together as a family, and we hoped on I-17 North and got off at the Prescott exit. Program in the day use at Lynx Lake to get you there and expect traffic through the Prescott Valley. It can take just as long to go through all the lights as it can to get to the exit.
Today wasn’t too bad because of all the hub-bub down in Scottsdale and Glendale (golf tournament and Superbowl). We were shocked to find the parking lot of Lynx Lake about empty. Be prepared to pay $7 in cash for the day use area. Pets are welcome on leash.
Lynx Lake is one of my all-time favorites, and we usually go to the left and around the lake that way. Dad suggested we go to the right and reverse the direction for something new. Me and Mom were game, so we headed to the very end of the parking lot by the second set of restrooms and saw the “trail” sign where it takes you down to Lynx Lake.
Usually people are picnicking or fishing, but today was chilly. The overcast skies and breeze made it feel even colder. I certainly didn’t mind one bit. Woof.
The edges of the lake were completely frozen. Some brave souls were walking on the ice, but you have to be extremely careful doing that. I stepped on the ice just long enough for a photo op. Brrr. It was cold on my paws!
As we followed the familiar Lynx Lake trail only in the opposite direction, we quickly realized a loop was impossible. Lynx Lake is fed by Lynx Creek, and man was it flowing. All the rain and snow made it look more like a river instead of a creek. This meant crossing over to the other side to connect to the Lynx Lake loop trail would not happen today.
We remained hopeful that maybe we would find a spot where we could cross, but we ended up just hiking along Lynx Creek. We actually enjoyed it! The running water sounded so nice, and we were in the trees. No one else was on the trail, and it was very secluded and quiet.
The trail is flat and mostly sand with some rocks here and there. You just keep following the creek and will eventually come to a dam. Keep on the lower trail by the creek, and when you come to a fence/gate, enter in on the left. Going to the right brings you up to a private road with a “no trespassing” sign. The left is BLM land. From here you will go a little further before the trail peters out, a little over ½ mile total.
We turned around to head back. I had some refreshing drinks of water but no swimming today. All in all, we went 2.3 miles in a little over an hour. Mom typically makes us a lunch, but Dad and I wanted to treat her to lunch out for Valentine’s Day.
We continued driving into downtown Prescott and parked by the courthouse. Again, we were amazed how quiet it was for a weekend. I stayed in the car, and Mom and Dad went into the Bistro at St. Michael’s for a bite to eat. Apparently, the restaurant is part of the historic hotel, dating back to 1891.
Mom and Dad got a window seat with a view of the town square. Service was good, and the food yummy. Mom brought me back some bacon to munch on. Yum! Since it was still early in the day, we walked around town. Mom popped into a few shops, and I met King, a dog who is part wolf. He was super cool and friendly.
We got to meet the Mayer and City Council members, too. Wow, did they know I was coming? Dad said, no. They were out campaigning. Oh, well, it was their lucky day!
Back into the car, and I took a nap. Driving home went smoothly. We are so fortunate to have Prescott nearby. Once summer and hot temperatures hit, Prescott will be packed. You may want to explore it before then if you have the time. Thank you, dear readers, for following me. I love you all! Happy Valentine’s Day.
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!
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