Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Nice Hike Out to Willow Hole

This is an enjoyable winter 'ramble', not too many ups and downs, but there's some wide open country with a pleasing mix of vegetation and beautiful views. You start at the Boy Scout Trailhead and follow the path for a little over a mile and then the trail to Willow Hole branches off to the right for another 2 miles. The trail gradually leads into a rock filled wash and finally into a canyon with huge rock formations on either side. At the end of the wash is a group of Desert Willows and a shallow pond, a good place for a picnic, so bring your lunch and rest a bit before heading back. The round trip is a little over 6 miles. On the way back, we found a perfect spot to have lunch, where we had some expansive views of the countryside. Leaning back against a flat rock, we enjoyed our homemade chicken sandwiches with a bottle of crisp, dry Sauvignon Blanc. Everything always tastes so good when you're out in nature. For dessert, we sliced up some apple, nibbled a little dark chocolate and sipped hot tea from our thermos. Life couldn't be better. When we stop for lunch on the trail, I'm always struck by how quiet it is in the park. The lively conversation slowly ceases and you look around and listen. Absolute silence. It doesn't get any better than that.

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