While I have come to appreciate our brisk winters and beautiful snowfalls, sometimes it’s just pleasant to get ‘off the mountain’ and get a change of scenery. I suppose it’s true for anyone… even those who already live in a place other people come to vacation. One needs to get away and feel the buzz, new inputs, and varied vantage points.
Ours came this week via dropping off the mountain just north of Camp Verde to Bull Pen Recreational Area. Arizona is certainly full of hikes and trails, streams and waterways. We could have gone out to a restaurant for lunch, or shopping for things we don’t need… but instead we opted for a picnic with a view.
We live on the ridges above Clear Creek making for excellent views of both East Clear Creek and West Clear Creek all along the lengthy traversing creek. While most places requires quite a hike down hill (and back uphill) to view the creek, Bull Pen is easily accessible by dirt road. And an excellent spot for a brief getaway picnic.
Finally… an outing! We have been ‘home alone’ sort of speak for too long. So we took the truck out and did a quick jaunt to Bull Pen for a simple lunch outing.
Bull Pen is just outside of Camp Verde and has several trails that go down to Clear Creek. There is nothing like sitting outside the babbling of the water rushing across boulders forming their own waterfall. It’s peaceful and relaxing… just what the dr. ordered.
We were surprised how many people were actually there for during the week. We found a nice spot to ourselves and relaxed in this beautiful environment, if only for a few hours.
While our fall with all it’s colorful glory, has come and gone… at lower elevations such as Camp Verde & Cottonwood, fall is in full color.
Just off SR260 along FR708, a LONG washboardy dirt road, is Fossil Creek. The distinctive yellowy orange cottonwood leaves are falling everywhere.
I never tire of the abundant aqua waters cascading over endless rocks and fall trees, making for a sublime serenity.
We sat and had lunch and watched the water go by. What better way to relax and spend the day.