February 28, 2016, Rimrock, AZ- I spent yesterday, it seemed, with fork or spoon in my hand, from 2-6 P.M. There were three gatherings: The first, a lovely afternoon tea, was the big meal of the day, it turned out. Then, there was a small gathering at a local bakery (I had a cup of soup),followed by an appearance at a chili cook-off. The last one only had smatterings left, so the meal ended up being, thankfully, paltry- though, being chili, it was full-on tasty.
So, today, I headed off to visit some long-time friends near Montzeuma Well, a beautiful and refreshing extension of Montezuma Castle National Monument, on the northeast end of the town of Rimrock. Further northeast, still, lies Bell Trail, which sometimes parallels the Verde River tributary of Beaver Creek, and sometimes follows a path down to the creek.
So, after a light lunch, and visiting with the family as a group, while they put together a rabbit hutch, for Hako,
I headed out, with one of the family members, to explore Bell Trail. The various stops,along the trail, gave much time for meditation, even as I listened to my friend’s stories of adventure, both home and in far off lands. I shared a few of my own, along the same lines.
The trail ended at “The Crack”, an overlook and creek access point that is popular with students from Northern Arizona University, as well as local youth. The whitewater of a currently deep Beaver Creek is visible above, at lower left. While we we there, about a dozen youth were there, and several more were en route, as we took the return trail. It was tempting to get in the water, with temperatures in the upper 70’s, though when we stuck our hands in the creek, it felt like the water was about 55. That didn’t stop some of the younger folks from jumping in, though!
The afternoon was another well-spent day on the trail. I also thoroughly enjoyed my hiking companion’s stories of time spent in China, Tibet, and the Navajo Nation. Many of the latter experiences I shared, having been among the Navajo and Hopi, for 11 years.