I usually post on Mondays, but it was President’s Day, so I gave mom the day off! Actually, we just returned from a long weekend away up in Show Low, Arizona, and we both needed to recover from our vacay!
Originally, we were headed to Kanab, UT with Dad, but his back has been hurting him, so he stayed at home with Mowgli, and mom and I decided to head over to Show Low. We’ve been here before, but we never really explored the area. I was pumped up! We loaded up mom’s car, and we filled it. I take up a lot of space, don’t you know?
Show Low is in what they call Rim Country, and it is very easy to get to. Head east on the 101 freeway to Shea Boulevard or exit 41 and go left toward Fountain Hills. Look for the Beeline Highway or AZ-87 and go north toward Payson. You’ll be on this for over 60 miles and then turn right on E State Highway 260 which takes you into Show Low.
Be prepared for lots of ups and downs as you will climb up to about 7,000 feet. The Bush Fire area is recovering nicely, and the Goldfield Mountains were covered in snow! The drive was very pretty, and when we got to the top of the Rim Road, we pulled over so I could enjoy the snow. We weren’t driving in it, but it had come down a couple days prior to our trip. FYI – most of the day use areas, camp grounds and roads were closed until spring.
We stayed at the Day’s Inn: 480 W. Deuce of Clubs and drove straight there to check in and dump our luggage. They are pet friendly and although the grounds are older, the rooms are upgraded. We had two nice queen beds and a decent-sized TV for mom to watch movies. Included in your stay is a voucher for breakfast at the Show Low Café where you get a real breakfast and friendly service.
To stretch our legs, we headed over to the Bluff Trail in town: 560 S Rock Ridge Dr, Show Low, AZ 85901. Show Low’s population is just under 12,000, so nothing is very far away or difficult to find. This is a trail system that follows the Show Low Creek. It has ample, free parking and nice restrooms for humans.
You have two choices: paved or dirt path. Both go about 1 mile out and follow the creek. We did both! The paved path is closer to the creek, and the dirt path is at the edge of the mountain in the pine trees. Both are very pretty!
I got to meet lots of folks and their dogs. This seemed to be a popular local spot for a stroll since it is relatively flat and easy. With cool temperatures, I was about as happy as a dog could be. Could it get any better? Well, yes! On our way back to the hotel, mom stopped at Arby’s. We never get to go because dad doesn’t like their food. They stuffed that sandwich full of roast beef, and I helped mom eat her sandwich. Yum.
Warning: the beds at the Day’s Inn are super high. I tried to jump on it and crashed to the floor, hurting my leg. Mom was pretty upset. Thankfully, I recovered, but she had to put me on and off the bed. They went up to her hip, and she could barely get up there herself. Why do beds need to be that tall? I do not know. Alas, we rested well. More to come on our Show Low adventure next week!
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!