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Camp Creek FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2012
Hiking3.12 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.12 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   2.97 mph
600 ft AEG   1 Hour   21 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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I have decided, after today, that going on a hike that you've done before, can be just as special as the first time, especially when you go with someone that's never been or that is experiencing something new that they've never done before. Sam is one of those people. He experienced two firsts today and I enjoyed watching it immensely. It was worth every foot trod in the sand....

Of course, the destination is always going to be a good one when the water's running. What a great little oasis just outside of Carefree. Quick drive, quick, easy hike, to a very cool destination. Sam needed to test drive some new Water Shoes and since I had done the exact same thing, three weeks before, I knew this Hike would be perfect to do it. And we could get in and out of there early enough in time for Sam to still go to work.

Got on the Trail (if you could call it that, it's just a wash) and got to the narrow part of a little canyon area that you go through. I was leading and suddenly saw something by my foot that was moving, but it was not a Lizard!! :o Took me a second to realize that it was not only a small snake, but also that it was a non-poisonous small snake.... :sweat: After that the fun began as I tried to catch it. It was a fast little sucker, but he had nowhere to go. In fact, I scared the crap out of him so badly that he finally kept trying to hide under my shoe. :D He was only about 10" long and probably weighed 2 ounces if he felt bloated.... :D Gorgeous little snake with a bright orange stripe running the length of his little body and it turned bright coral red at the tail. I finally got him up in my hand and showed him to Sam. Sam took a bunch of pics and then I gave the snake to Sam so I could get some. Sam tried to scare the poor bugger by almost dropping him, but I showed him what to do. This little guy was so small that I was almost afraid we'd hurt him, but it only took the slightest bit of pressure to keep him in hand. I asked Sam if he had ever held a snake before and he said no, but I could tell that he was enjoying it, so that was excellent.... 8) Now guys, don't ruin his first up close and personal "snake moment" by telling him it was a baby Coral snake or something!!! :sweat:

We played with him for a few more minutes snapping pics and then I let him go in a bush off the bottom of the wash. We continued on our way and got around the turn to hike up Blue Wash to the Falls. We get up there and I see a small Stream coming down the wash so I knew we were in luck and that the Falls would be running for sure. I send Sam up ahead and I catch up to him at the Falls. He's already knee deep in the big pond taking pictures. :D

The Falls were running about the same as they were 3 weeks ago, maybe even just a little more. Sam was having a great time and it was fun to see. Sam climbed up to where he was over the Falls and I decided that it was time to enjoy the Falls the way they should be enjoyed...from underneath. :) Then it was Sam's turn. I told him the water wasn't cold, oops... :guilty: Ok, so having somewhat cold water pound on top of your head kind of gives you that nice, "ice cream" headache, but it still felt wonderful... Sam was a little hesitant at first, when he found out that the water was just a little chilly. But then he got somewhat used to it and enjoyed it alot. :) First time he's ever been under a truly natural "Arizona" waterfall.... : app :

We messed around a bit more, were visited at the Falls by a group of 7 horsemen who came and left while we were still snapping pictures. That was a nice bonus as I got to visit with some horses too. :)

Finally made our way back out after I went swimming again and got back to the car in great time. I had promised Sam that I would make sure we didn't run late today and somehow I managed to keep that promise for a change. :y: Thanks for going Sam. Watching you have fun and experiencing some "firsts" made a great hike even more awesome.... :D
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Light Flow at the north end just out of the Camp Creek Falls area.

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Flowing north of and at Camp Creek Falls, coordinates 33.875965 -111.802983, and for about an 1/8th of a mile southeast of the Falls.
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