Monday afternoon stroll

After three days of hanging inside the RV due to the weather, once Monday rolled around Al and I couldn’t wait to hit the trails.  Here in Phoenix, Arizona, it started raining early Friday morning and didn’t let up until Sunday.  It appears it was a record breaking rainfall for Phoenix for the month of November.White tank

We managed to stay comfy, cozy, warm and dry at our RV site, but other parts of the park didn’t fare so well.  The park experienced some minor flooding that required a little clean up.  By the time I took this photo, much of the water had receded and mud clean up was in process.

the RV Park experiences some flooding – this is already much improved

Monday brought clear blue skies with 70 degree temperatures…..perfect for a hike.  On the far west side of Phoenix is White Tank Mountain Regional Park.  With all the previous rain this was the ideal time to hike the ‘Waterfall Trail’.  The trail map says best seen after a heavy rain…..score!waterfall trail

This is a super easy 2 mile round trip hike; more like a stroll.  It’s a gorgeous day and the warm sun feels wonderful.  Much to our dismay and unbeknownst to us, children have a break from school.  No school all week for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Since when do kids get a whole week off for Thanksgiving?  We never did. 😕 So we shared the trail with lots of folks young and old

Waterfall Trail, White Tank Mountains

The waterfall itself is…..hum…..a trickle of water in the desert.  There are still some deep puddles here and there and the trail steps are covered in moving water, making for its own little waterfall.

the trail steps are covered in water, making for some slippery climbing.

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Could this be water and a sandy beach in the desert?  In another twenty-four hours, the thirsty desert will absorb most of the water seen here.

Along the way are some petroglyphs.  petroglyphs


Our leisurely stroll took us about an hour.  Before heading home, we check out the campground located at White Tank Regional Park.  The sites are well spaced with electric and water and range in length.  Some sites are only deep enough for a pop-up trailer while others can accommodate much longer rigs.

This campground is less improved and more on the rustic side than Maricopa County’s other regional parks; Cave Creek, McDowell, and Usery.  It’s also much more remote and less popular.

Yep, the fresh air and sunshine sure felt good.

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This is the ‘waterfall’