Bear Creek Greenway - Ashland to Phoenix 2-6-17

Photos by Bob

Due to expected gale force winds on Mount Ashland we substituted an 8 mile+ trek along the Greenway from Ashland to Phoenix. The weather cooperated and we had no rain. It was a pleasant walk and the group maintained a good pace so it took less time than expected. The last three hikers formed a sort of chat room and lagged the group slightly. Nancy must have run out of repartee half way through the hike and was replaced by Betty for the remainder.

Rich pointed out some natural splendors along the way in the way of fish observation points. I would note that your noble servant arranged a hike with modern WC facilities every few miles, always conscious of creature comforts as well as a lack of suitable trees.

To top it off, and suitably replace the calories expended, the hike ended 200 yards from La Tapatia Mexican restaurant and market where we attacked the order counter with a vigor usually observed only in famine conditions. We were rewarded with excellent food.

After a moderate delay waiting for the bus, we rocketed back to Ashland (well rocketed might be a slight exaggeration) and hiked the final mile down to the dog park, a downhill section for after lunch.

Our 11 hikers agreed the Tapatia would become a mainstay lunch counter of the Monday Group.

John

Ashland Hiking Home

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