After attending the third annual Rim Country BBQ / Testicle Festival I drove up to the rim with a stomach full of Rocky Mountain Oysters and a cooler full of leftover competition BBQ.
Met up with Norge, T-Boots and friends for a night of camping and then awoke for sunrise and walked up to a main draw on Rattlesnake Ridge for a little bit of color hunting.
Dropped down into the drainage and meandered along the bottom enjoying the early morning shade in the gentle scenic canyon and looped back around to camp.
Then the main hiking portion of the day started near Gentry Spring and immediately dropped into one of the most beautiful draws of the whole trip!
As said in the "Foliage Description" the color was early but the potential was everywhere in the area.
Followed well groomed elk trails down to Turkey Creek and just spent the day letting the pups run loose in the yet another gentle paralleling canyon.
Reliable water in TC was found exactly at the 1.5 mile mark of this posted route and continued until I exited further downstream.
This was the very first trip in history I've hiked the entire time with my camera in hand with a telephoto lens attached in hopes of getting some wildlife photos but the only creature I saw all day was a lone coyote that instantly scurried away.
The rest of the day was spent with my usual wide angle lens photographing the sunset in some of the best draws boasted on the G Ridge.
Autumn is awesome and in Arizona we get to enjoy it all winter long!
Autumn Foliage ObservationSubstantial Most of the aspens are peaking and some are pure heavenly gold.
Maples are a bit early and some juicy reds can be found here and there but mainly pink and orange with a few still green.