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Friday, October 27, 2017

Lynx Lake

Escaping the heat

Temperatures in Phoenix continue to rise every year with new highs due to the daytime heat being held by the steel in the buildings and black asphalt as the city and surrounding areas continue to grow. The average temps are usually 88 degrees in October and we were in the upper 90s. The city is looking at using baby blue paint to reduce the heat absorption and temperatures  Listening to the air conditioner all day can be wearing. A few days were cool enough for an early morning bike ride or game of pickeball.

After finishing my online learning requirements to return to work, my required four shifts at the hospital for the month and taken care of our appointments, we headed for the cooler temps in the hills. The campgrounds in the national forest close at the end of the month. Lynx Lake near Prescott had one site open over the weekend and figured what the heck and booked it.
 We had spent a little time in the Prescott area but had not been to Lynx Lake. Each loop in the campground is small with only four sites but  plenty of room for privacy. The trail around the lake was an easy 3.5 miles and so many other trails to choose from that are mostly moderate.

Our previous visits, we enjoyed the Granit Dells areas including Watson and Willow Lakes. You can read about those visits by clicking here.

The trail to the  Nature Conservancy that has a large area protected for the migrating butterflies was another morning walk that had plenty to enjoy.
The air felt like fall and leaves were changing at 5000 feet above sea level. We could sit outside after the sun went down next to our little fire and look at the stars. The nights got into the 30s but our solar panel kept the battery fully charged.

One evening Mike was sitting by the fire and he saw something move out of the corner of his eye. He soon realized that it was a skunk. Mike stood up and the skunk turned around and raised his tail. Fortunately, they called d├ętente and both walked away from each other. Mike moved faster and stumbled up the steps unscathed.
Our last morning we walked 1 1/2 miles to the Ruins Trailhead. The round trip to the ruins was 1 1/2 miles but along the way, I realized that I  took a wrong turn when my pedometer said we had walked 1 1/2 miles since the trailhead and we hadn't reached the ruins. Oops!

Looks like Halloween now that the tarantulas are out.

We were so glad to spend the time in the mountains but were not ready to return home yet.


  1. Beautiful scenery!
    One time Paul was trying to trap the stupid groundhogs that kept coming and digging up our yard. He woke up to a big surprise....a skunk.

    Beautiful scenery.
    One time Paul was trying to trap a groundhog that was tearing up our yard. He woke up to a big surprise! A skunk was in the trap. We had to Google how to get the skunk out without getting sprayed. Glad Mike didn't come back in the RV stinking!

  2. That's one encounter I've never had!!! Glad you got away!!!!

  3. We spent our summer in Prescott and really enjoyed it. Every time I planned to hike around Lynx Lake, the storms would roll in. Perhaps that'll be my goal for next summer. We saw a couple of tarantulas near our RV park in Prescott Valley. Although not a fan, I do find them fascinating.

    1. The trails around Lynx Lake were shaded in places that made it nice. The tarantulas give it a Halloween feel.

  4. We love to kayak the lakes in that area. Glad no one was hurt in the standoff!

    1. I am not sure where he would sleep if it had turned out differently