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Upper Buck Spring Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2012
outdoor_lover
Hiking6.00 Miles 470 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.25 mph
470 ft AEG      20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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This weekend wasn't so much about Hiking :o as it was just about getting away, enjoying the cool country, catching up with old friends and getting to know some new ones. Other than this short Hike and my Fishing Excursion, I was pretty much a Camp Bum over the weekend. ;) Just enjoyed kicking back for a change, savoring the Sounds and Scents of the Pine Forest, reveling in good conversation and laughter, and soaking in the Wonderful Atmosphere of both Friend and Forest. It's so much easier to visit when you're not gasping for air on an uphill... :sweat:

Since I was decidedly lazy this weekend, and there were a few others that maybe felt the same, a stroll through a Beautiful Meadow seemed like just the ticket. I was looking forward to Hiking with Trish and Angela again, as we have not been able to Hike together since last December. It was also very cool that Cindy decided to join our little Brigade.... :)

The four of us were a match made in heaven. Our little Quartet of Photography Lovers invaded the Meadow with Shutters ablazin'.... :D The Wildflowers and Butterflies never stood a chance against our Cameras!!! :sweat: The walk through the Meadow of 4 zealous women in search of that never ending Perfect Shot was too much for the hordes of Flora and Fauna encountered on this Hike and they succumbed to the various Cameras stuck in their little faces....Combine that with good Conversation, Laughter, and a few Shenanigans, and it's just what any Doctor would have ordered!!! :) It was a Perfect Hike for the day....

The Meadow was wonderful to walk in. I could have actually done most of this Hike in Flip Flops, that's how nice the walking was. Combined with some Water, Seeping Springs, abundant Wildflowers and hordes of Butterflies and you have Heaven on the end of your Walking Stick.

After the Meadow and Canyon closed in, you were not only among the Pines, but the Maples as well, providing awesome Shade in the ever growing Heat of the Day. There were also a few Aspen, some of them incredibly large and tall, embracing the Sky above.

Ok, enough with the poetry B*******! We learned that we had to be dyslexic in order to figure out where we were, since we didn't start the Hike from really either end, but actually about 1/8 of the way from the back end. We hit the Road on top and after going past it and realizing that we were not on Track, we finally figured it out. We weren't lost, just upside down, per se. :oplz: :lol: I finally chucked the Description after crossing my eyes and trying to read it backwards too many times, and just focused on the GPS Printout. We got 'er figured out, figured out which Spring we were seeing and started the Hike back. It was just as nice going back, albeit a bit warmer. We opted to "go around" the fenced Riparian area on the way back, so we got on some Game Trails which took us around, showing us some new areas. There was no lack of shade if you stayed on the edge of the Meadow, due to the Towering Pine Trees. You'da thought we would have been all shot out, Photographywise, but there were still shots to be had on the way back and we took advantage. Arrived back at Camp, feeling good, and just in time for lunch. Kicked back and visited the rest of the Day.

Trish and Angela, it was great to be Hiking with you guys again, and Cindy, thanks for joining us. It was a Perfect Match, I enjoyed all of the company immensely!!! Perfect Weather, Perfect Country, Perfect Company! It doesn't get any better!!! :y:
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