Friday, October 6
There’s much to like about Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and its little campground where the crew and I are camped for a few days.
Well-marked, wide trails start at the campground.
The crew and I make our way through rabbit brush (currently blooming yellow), sage brush, and red rock terrain.
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know I’m not very athletic. If you want to see magnificent vistas from the top of a mountain, you won’t find them here!
The crew and I hike for fun and for moderate exercise.
I never set a goal for a hike, never push myself to reach a lofty destination. I like walking slowly, examining plants, looking for things to photograph, watching my crew.
I admit I meander, rather than hike.
That being the case, if a trail turns into more work than enjoyment for me, I do an about face and go home.
All of that to tell you this . . . .
The trails around Red Cliff make a splendid walk right from the start. For those of you who can’t or don’t want to go far, you can tailor your walk to fit your situation and still be wowed by the landscape.
A camp that offers several choices for walking the crew is a treasure. Not only does Red Cliffs have trails, it’s a pleasant walk down the entrance road.
For this post, I’ll keep us to the trail from the campground.
I truly believe the most skilled designer, landscaper, artist, whatever, on this earth could not assemble a more harmonious and visually pleasing landscape than what is laid out before us in nature.
The erosion of rocks provide safe haven for animals and birds.
And then . . .
Oh boy, here we go again!
When Roger is really, really happy, overflowing with joie de vivre, he says to himself, “Hmm, I feel great . . . I think I’ll grab that Reggie by the leg.”
That’s right. Suddenly Rog whirls around and clamps his jaws on one of Reggie’s hindquarters. Not viciously, just enough to make a challenge.
He rips into Roger and the battle is on! One moment we’re walking along serenely and the next moment the boys are at each other’s throats! All in fun, of course.
As quickly as the tussle begins, it’s over.
“Okay. What was THAT all about?”
I have to laugh at these two.
“Roger, get back here. You don’t need to be chasing whatever is up there.”
“It’s time for us to turn around. The sun is setting. We need to head back to camp.”
“Did you have fun, guys? It’s a beautiful world, isn’t it.”
Here’s a link . . .
In case you’d like to see more of the trail, the photos at “Travel Tom’s Outdoor Adventure Blog” are outstanding. If I had seen these pictures earlier, I would’ve pushed on further!
Oh well, if we come back someday, we will go to those places.
As it is, the crew and I head back to camp fully satisfied with our hike.
The Best Little Trailer comes into view.
More about Red Cliffs in the next post!
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