We went hiking up in Oak Creek Canyon today. Suzanne was a bit worried about the possiblity of high temperatures on our hike due to the excessive heat wave across the state the past many, many weeks. (And by 'a bit worried' I mean she mentioned it every time we talked before, during and after this hike.) Luckily, we escaped the overbearing and inhumane temperatures of Phoenix and we enjoyed the cool temperatures of Oak Creek Canyon. We went up there intending to do a different trail, but asked someone for some advice of a shady trail, one that wouldn't leave us in any direct contact with the sun (because did I mention that someone was worried about it being too hot?)
Anyway, we drove up to the trailhead of the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon. We were on the trail and around the water for the next five hours and the day was perfect! The trail went right along the creek bed, crossing over it a dozen times. We packed our lunch and enjoyed eating along the banks of the creek. And not only was it a naturally shady trail, but the day was overcast! There was not one bit of sunshine! On the way back to the car, we took our shoes off and enjoyed soaking our feet in the creek for a bit.
I love Arizona!