March 4, 2017, Camp Verde- One of the features of Arizona life, that escapes many visitors, is the seasonal vitality of our rivers. After taking part in a Red Cross service activity, I headed to Clear Creek Day Use Area, which offers access to the West Clear Creek, as it heads southeast, towards its eventual confluence with the Verde River. As you will see, the creek’s name, this time of year, is a misnomer.
There was a party of above 18 people, including two small children, preparing to raft West Clear, as I arrived for a short hike along its west bank. All were well-suited up for the experience, and I wished them safe passage. Below, are several things that awaited them.
Of course, there was plenty of open water, behind this particular tree; but you get the picture.
One of the attractions here, in calmer weather, is the jump-off point.
Some people just figure, in the dryness of September and October, that it’s no big deal to leave a memento of industrialism. More’s the pity.
Once back on drier terrain, I made note of the footbridge, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, way back in 1940.
There was still some energy left in me, so, despite it being the period of the Baha’i Fast, I took in a short segment of Copper Canyon Trail. The last time, I walked the north segment, which leads to I-17. This time, I headed southward and up a small mesa. It is not an especially spectacular trail, but it’s nature and I practically had the place to myself. An old cowboy, passing by, made note of my Red Cross t-shirt and remarked as how such charities are in debt, before going his way. While that may have been true, at one point, I’m not so sure that our donors put up with such, anymore.
Anyway, here are a few scenes, which a couple of herds of cattle and I shared, along the trail. There wasn’t much water in Copper Creek, but it was clear.
It wasn’t long, before I headed up the two switchbacks which led to the mesa top. There are, actually, about five such mesas, rising up out of Copper Canyon. The scene in the near distance, is Clear Creek Village, just south of Camp Verde.
It is possible for the discerning eye to see traffic, headed northbound, on I-17.
Despite the winter’s continued scenes of bareness, the promise of Spring is evident, in these wild dandelions.
So, there goes a very full day, spent with our beautiful eastern neighbour, the Verde Valley.