Hiking the Black Canyon Trail north from Table Mesa Road presents you with choices…at about 1.5 miles into the trek, you must decide to go east or west…either way brings you to the Agua Fria River.  If you go west, you encounter the river sooner than if you go east…regardless of when you get there, it’s going to be “refreshing” in a way that cold, winter water is going to be refreshing on a hike through the Arizona desert in early February.

There are many things to see out there, in that desert…things to look at…and things to really see.  Sometimes perspective can blind us to what’s right in front of us…and other times, it reveals things that might be hidden…right in front of us.

17 responses

  1. Lovely photographs Scott!

    March 14, 2015 at 10:01 am

    • Thank you, Adrian. 🙂

      March 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm

  2. A bit more traveled than your previous jaunts . . . or are those all your tracks?

    March 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    • The area is more traveled, yes, but I didn’t encounter anyone but a couple of mountain-bike riders for the entire time…no other hikers, whatsoever, but then I was out early on a Sunday morning….

      March 22, 2015 at 1:01 pm

  3. Great cliffs. I wonder if anyone ever jumps into the water from up there. I’m sure someone must have tried, if the water is deep enough.

    March 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    • I liked the cliffs, as well, Allen…and this water is not sufficient for jumping into, as inviting as it may seem. It might be 10-12 inches at it deepest at this point and during this time of year.

      March 22, 2015 at 1:03 pm

  4. I suspect water is far more appreciated in the desert. Lovely images. The water makes the desert doubly enchanting.

    March 14, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    • I can’t speak for anyone else, but I certainly appreciated finding the water out there!! And yes, it certainly makes the desert more enchanting. 🙂

      March 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

  5. Sure is good to see that again!

    March 14, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    • I’ve wondered about how much you’ve explored out here, Terry…glad I could bring it back for you. 🙂

      March 22, 2015 at 1:05 pm

  6. LB

    It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to visit and so glad I found time today. Enjoyed this virtual desert visit.

    March 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    • Thank you, LB…you must remember to smell the roses, even while out on the campaign trail. 😉

      March 30, 2015 at 7:59 pm

  7. Liana

    kayak . . . want

    March 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    • It would be like placing your kayak in the bathtub at this time of year, Liana…in this location, anyway…on this river….but head south a bit and you’ll find yourself in the middle of Lake Pleasant…with plenty of water for your kayak. 🙂

      March 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm

  8. Beautiful country and images too!

    March 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    • Thank you, George. 🙂

      March 30, 2015 at 8:01 pm

  9. Your blog is an education, Scott. Your world is indeed beautiful and no doubt challenging. Love your photos.

    April 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm

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