Natural Social Distancing

A couple weeks ago we got out of town and went in search of nature.

The pups were excited to be invited along, squeezing out of the house as we loaded up the car, happy to wait in the back for everyone to be ready.

Perry the Platypus, ever our road trippin’ companion nestled into the nest of masks on the dashboard, a inadvertent reminder of why we needed this trip.

Our first destination was going to be Diamond Point, between Payson and Christopher Creek. I had heard it was a great place to hunt for geodes but the last section of road was closed off with a sign mentioning COVID. We parked in a small pool of shade provided by a lone tree, and wandered along the ridge.

We found beautiful views and wildflowers, but no geodes.

Next, we went looking for running water and shade. Tonto Creek, a stream that flows year round through the mountains south of the Mogollon Rim sounded perfect. We parked at a trail head near the closed fish hatchery (COVID again), and were greeted with this sign.

Humm. Clearly it is telling us to be on the look out for Yetis. So we were. Do you see them?

Neither did we. (Ha! Did you end up staring intently at that woodland picture?)

We did, however find little a waterfall. We had lunch on the bank and then wandered around in the deliciously cool creek water. Apparently the water is quite cold when you kick it on your back. (If you have no idea what I am talking about then you didn’t watch the above video.)

Sasha, pictured here, Haley, Husband, and I relaxed by the water while the boys floated sticks down the waterfall. Pooh Sticks, minus the bridge.

Along one bank, invisible until disturbed, were hundreds of little purple butterflies.

After a couple solid hours of much needed creek time, we packed up and headed back to civilization. We drove around Woods Canyon Lake. There were many people fishing around one of the lakes and in another, lots of people out on boats. The fear of being around people started to creep in at me. Husband and Carter went into the little general store for ice cream treats for us and not a single person was wearing a mask. Ack! We ate our ice cream by our car on the edge of the parking lot. The ice cream was good, but the reprieve I had felt from our current situation, had all but vanished.

Back home we went. The dogs were tired out and slept all the way there. It was so nice to get out in nature and simply be. It is something we need to do more often, especially now.

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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6 Responses to Natural Social Distancing

  1. Sounds like a truly lovely time!

  2. Rivergirl says:

    Looks like a wonderful place to spend the day. And oh! Those butterflies…. what a lovely surprise.

    • Shoes says:

      They were startling at first and I didn’t want to step on them, but they did a good job with their self-preservation. It was a wonderful outing.

  3. Mary Ann says:

    What a beautiful day. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

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