Monday usually means mom and dad go to work but not today. It’s a holiday to honor a great man, and we spent it going out on an adventure. We packed up the car with hiking gear and a picnic and headed north on I-17.
We went just past the Sunset rest area to the Badger Springs exit 256 (about 40 miles north of Phoenix). I vaguely remember coming here a few years ago on a sunny day. Today is overcast and cool, and I am okay with that! We turned right or east and immediately were on a dirt road. It’s flat and any car could drive it. A short way down is a sign for the Agua Fria National Monument and the Badger Springs trail head. Parking is free, and just before the big lot is a human rest room. There is no cost to enter, and doggies are welcome.
Mom and dad loaded up their packs and off we went. It was much wetter than last time due to winter rains. The trail follows the stream. It’s not well marked, so you might find yourself weaving in and out of the stream like we did. As long as you follow the stream, you will reach the river. I loved how cool the ground was due to the moisture. No burning paws today. Woof!
Aqua Fria is home to coyotes, bobcats, antelope, mule deer, javelina, a variety of small mammals and songbirds. Eagles and other raptors can be seen as well. I smelled skunk, that much I know! Although this is right off the freeway, it is amazing how quiet it gets. The trail is at the base of the canon, so you have spectacular views up. Unfortunately, a fire tore through this area, so a lot of trees were damaged.
In about a mile, we reached the Agua Fria River. This is where I went for a dip! I wasn’t hot but I still enjoyed a swim. Mom broke out the picnic, and we sat and soaked up the sounds of the river hitting the rocks. It is almost hypnotizing, and we all got a little sleepy.
Some other humans arrived with their dogs. They did the same thing I did and jumped in. You just can’t resist it! During the hot season, humans and dogs alike hang out in the river. The trail continues on past the river, but crossing it can be a challenge. You either have to climb some big rocks or get wet. We opted to do neither today and headed back. Some adventures are long and others are short. What this lacked in length it made up for in coolness. I even found some mud, which didn’t make my mom happy. Ha! What can I say…I am a dog! Have a great day!
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 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!