Oh, happy days! We are having a nice fall with cooler temperatures. This means me and my family can stay local, and we did just that this weekend. We decided trekking through Tramonto was in order. Tramonto is a neighborhood on the very north edge of Phoenix. In fact, we are just shy of Anthem. We didn’t even exist 21 years ago, so if you haven’t been up here in a while, you won’t recognize it. We have shops, restaurants, and are even getting our very own human hospital!
I love my neighborhood. We have hills, hiking trails, and lots of paved paths that weave through the community. Everyone is super friendly, too. We chose to take a long loop from our house to the Tramonto Park. Off 27th/Via Vista, we walked up Aquia Fria but instead of going to the community pool, we took a left onto the dirt path that connects the upper and lower Tramonto houses. This crosses Skunk Creek, so you always have to be aware of flash flood watches. We’ve had zero, zilch rain, so we didn’t have to worry. Javilinas and coyote hang out in the shade of wash, but we didn’t see any today. I can’t say I’ve seen or smelled a single skunk…yet. There’s always tomorrow. Woof! I came up and close with a big one while camping once. If you want to read about that encounter, click here: https://www.lorrainebosse-smith.com/kuma-walks-among-chiricahua-indians/
Anyway, on the other side of the wash, we took a left on the crushed dirt path that follows Via Puzzole. It doesn’t have any shade, but lots of other dogs left messages that I had to leave replies: Kuma was here! We continued on for a ¼ of mile until we saw the paved path on the opposite side of the road. Watch for cars as you cross, then hook up to the paved path that brings you through south Tramonto. Thankfully, this section has lots of trees…and more dogs! Dogs started barking from all over the place: hey, how are ya?
If you continue straight, you end up at the Tramonto Park. We took a left to do the loop around it. I got to sniff and smell the grass, and you know I had to do my famous grass dance. Awoof! We always see other families out enjoying the amenities: basketball court, volleyball sand pit, kid’s play area, soccer field, picnic tables…it has just about everything. When we came back around, we got on the paved path that goes to the smaller community pool. This again weaves through homes and drops you off back at Via Puzzole. We crossed the street and got back on the dirt path. Still no critters in Skunk Creek. Instead of heading home, we went right and did another loop around the backside, ultimately heading up Via Tramonto.
All in all, it was a three-mile loop. It feels longer because you are doing to a very different section of the neighborhood. If you wanted to shorten it, you could park at the community pool and just walk the park. That’s the beauty of the paths – you can go as short or as long as you like. I was ready for a good drink of water and cool tile. As I napped, I could only imagine what other adventures are in my future now that fall is here. Stay tuned!
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!