I love fall not just because the temperatures cool down but because it is my birthday! Mom says I was born on September 26 in 2008 so I am 11 years old. Numbers don’t stick with me, but I’ll take all the celebrating I can get!
We woke up and had our normal breakfast, and mom was watching the weather forecast. Apparently, Prescott was going to be rainy all day, so we would go with Plan B. A or B makes no difference to me. We were in the car and heading toward an adventure of the birthday kind. Woof!
We drove south on I-17 which we don’t normally do. I wondered where we were heading since the mountains were the opposite direction, but I trusted my folks. They always pick great things to do and see. I waited patiently except I wasn’t very patient. Ha! We exited on I-10 W to the Tolleson exit #134 and that turns into 91st Avenue. Here’s where it got tricky: our navigation dropped us off at the water plant, which isn’t the Trés Rios Wetlands. We checked in at the gate and was told to park along the road. There really isn’t much to the entrance. You’ll miss it like we did if you don’t watch for the north and south gates of the water plant. The wetlands entrance is the opposite side of the road between the two. You’ll see some dirt on the side of the road, and that is where you park. You don’t need to check in at the gate as long as you have your pass.
NOTE: Before you go, you do need to get a pass online. It is free, but you will need to register and download it (printing is preferred) so you have proof, although no humans were around. Here’s the link:
Once you park, you walk around the gate to enter Trés Rios Wetlands. The path is soft dirt and flat. Signs line the wide path (acceptable for wheelchairs) with information about the water plant and wetlands project. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought we were somehow transported to Houston, Texas! The scenery was like we were in a bayou with cat tails and tons of birds. We immediately saw Blue Herons and Snowy Egrets. They are pretty impressive birds.
What we didn’t realize is the length of the path to the actual loop trail in the wetlands themselves. In other words, we had to walk an entire mile just to get to the wetlands! No other parking or access is available. The path takes you around the restricted area. By the time we got to the actual loop trail, the clouds turned black, and rain drops began falling. We had to turn around. About ¼ mile from the car, it came down in buckets. I can run really fast when I’m motivated! Woof!
Although our time was cut short, we still saw ponds and creeks. It is amazing that such a green, lush place exists in the middle of the desert here in the Phoenix area. If you haven’t gone, you must check it out. To truly see everything, though, you will need to plan on about 5 miles of walking. This time of year is the perfect season to check it out. We will be back and might see you there.
We got home and I then got to open up my birthday bag. This crazy creature was in it. Mom says it is a unicorn. Whatever – it squeaks and is quite fun! I ran around the house with it and had a good time. I also got a new collar, so I’m looking quite dapper, if I don’t say so myself. Mom then made one of my favorite dinners: mac & cheese. Yum! We finished my special day off with some ice cream. Turning 11 was awesome, and I look forward to the many adventures I will experience. Stay tuned for Plan A to Prescott as we’ll do that next.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!