Even though it is mid-October, I still haven’t finished sharing about my birthday trip to Show Low, Arizona, back in September. I had to pause to wish my Mom a very happy birthday, and here we are getting closer to Halloween. Mom was right—time flies the older you get. I used to eagerly await Friday when we go to the park, and now Friday comes faster and faster. Anyway…
Where did I leave off? Oh…I remember…our hikes around Fool’s Hollow Lake and Pintail Lake. We, of course, had our yummy breakfast first at the Show Low Café compliments of the Day’s. We drove to 1500 N. Fool’s Hollow Road and paid our $10 to enter. If you go during the week, they only charge $7 per vehicle. You will see signs for the lake off Old Linden Road. It is quite close to town and offers great fishing, camping, picnicking, boating, and hiking.
We parked on the south side of the lake near the fishing docks and took the Fool’s Hollow Trail. Last time, Mom and I were here together, and we went toward the campground. No wonder the trail disappeared on us because it wasn’t the actual trail. This route goes 1.7 miles out on a relatively flat, dirt path. How unfortunate it doesn’t complete the lake, but you get to see most of it.
The temperatures were cool, and I was a happy boy to be in the mountains! I led the way and took dips in the lake whenever I wanted. I was the birthday boy, after all. The lake wasn’t too busy, but those who were there were fishing. No one seemed to be catching anything once again. I am beginning to wonder about this fishing thing. Why do people do it if they never catch anything? That’s like getting a nice, juicy steak ready but not eating it. Just doesn’t make sense to me. Woof!
The 3.4 miles didn’t take us long, and I was just game for more. I tell you, I lose 10 years of aging when I am in the mountains. You should try it sometime! We decided to show Dad the other trail we did near the campground, which is to the west. By the way, they have a special RV section with hook ups should you be interested. This time, we walked toward the boat ramp until it ended and then headed up the hill. We didn’t go far but did run into an Akita. Those are the BIG dogs in my family line from Japan. He was huge but friendly.
We both agreed this trail had too many ants, and they were the type that can bite your paws. No thanks! A few rain drops fell, so we figured it was time to go. Besides, it was lunchtime. Mom looked at her phone and found a place called the Bison Golf Course Bar & Grille. Sounded good to me, and they had a dog-friendly patio.
Thankfully, the patio was covered as it did start to rain. The Bison Bar & Grille sits on the Country Club’s golf course, and we had it all to ourselves. The waiter, who used to live in Colorado like us, gave me a nice bowl of drinking water. Lunch was great! The views of the course and pine trees were beautiful and quiet.
Believe it or not, I was still willing to hike more! Off to Pintail Lake we went. It’s off AZ-77 North (or Penrod Road) toward Snowflake. You don’t have to go too far before you turn right onto a dirt road at the brown sign. Unlike Fool’s Hollow, it is free to park, but it does not have restrooms. Plan accordingly. Pintail is actually a wetlands, so it is very different than Fool’s Hollow.
This trail is paved and flat and in ¼ of a mile, you can turn right toward the pond viewing or left toward the duck peek-through. Both are pretty, and neither is very far. This is a great option for all ages and levels, including wheelchairs.
Again, we were the only ones. Phoenix has exploded in growth, so any time we can get away from the crowds, we are thrilled. We sat and enjoyed the sounds of nature, took pictures, and then headed back to the truck. Now I was ready for a nap! While I did, Mom and Dad visited the Cal Ranch Store, one of Dad’s favorites. They have everything!
What a great day, and we still had more to do. I rested well and even went in my doggy bed to make Mom feel better. I will wrap up my birthday trip next week. I tell you what, I am missing those cooler temperatures and wish Mother Nature would get coordinated with the calendar. Doesn’t she know it is mid-October? Ugh.
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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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!