Woof! I kind of like this quarantine stuff. Mom is home even more than normal and can let me outside and inside, inside and outside of the house…all day long! Yes, I could get used to her being at my beckon call. We have been taking advantage of the cool spring temperatures knowing that the hot season is around the corner. What a grand weekend we had that started off with a four-wheel drive trip.
We headed up toward Lake Pleasant on the 74 but instead of going to the lake—which was crazy packed with boaters—we turned on N Castle Hot Springs Road. The road quickly turns to dirt and we noticed how bumpy the road was due to all the rains. Should you head out, be prepared for lots of ruts and water crossings. We encountered streams that usually don’t exist. We got some great views of the lake on our way out and continued on toward the resort (about 25 miles).
We hadn’t been out since Castle Hot Springs remodeled, but since it was shut down per COVID-19, we really didn’t notice any changes. It is still out in the middle of no where with pretty rugged terrain. Several folks were out in 4×4’s, zipping by us. Our goal was to find a nice place to have a picnic, which we did about half way through on our way back to Morristown. We had great views and enjoy the flowers.
Our drive back was uneventful, and I thought that was it for our weekend adventure, but the next day, we ventured out again. Sunday’s are usually church day for my mom and dad, and I get a day of rest. Not today! Church is closed, so off to Deem Hills we headed, down I-17 to Happy Valley Road. We headed west to 39th Street and parked at 27428 N. 39th Ave.
Everyone else had the same idea, and the parking lot was full. We had to park along the road like many others. We immediately saw how beautiful the flowers were and excitedly began our hike. You have lots of choices here from mild to wild, and we decided to start on the Circumference Trail until we came to Palisades. We have done the long C loop that is about 6 miles but opted for about 3.5 miles today. Mom likes not having to get up super early until she has to due to summer weather.
Anyway, off Palisades, we connected with the Basalt Trail, which is what makes this area so unique: the basalt or lava rock mixed in with the cactus. The hills were covered in yellow and the grasses tall. You would hardly believe we were in the desert if it weren’t for all the rocks. Trails at Deem Hills are definitely rocky so wear good shoes. Note: these trails get extremely hot in the summer. Should you attempt during the hot season, go early and bring plenty of water.
We met lots of friendly folks along the way, and I greeted many a canine pal. It is certainly good to see people out, enjoying nature, and getting some fresh air. Perhaps a healthy lifestyle will be a positive that comes out of this uncertain time. We headed back and went through the magic drive-through window. Oh, how I love those! I never know what will come out of them. Sometimes, it is money and other times it is a biscuit. One of my all-time-favorite windows is the one called Dairy Queen, and they give me ice cream. Yum! Today was tacos, and I’m neutral on those. I do like licking the cheese off of mom’s fingers. Despite everything going on, life IS good. Stay healthy.
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, 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!