The sycamore trees stood naked against the dark rock mountains during the spring equinox while we enjoyed the spring like weather.
|Dad, John and kids near the trail.|
Garden Canyon is accessible from Fort Huachuca, and is a beautiful canyon with several trails branching off it from easy to advanced hikers. This area is also a famous birdwatching spot, as it is home to the illusive Mexican Spotted Owl.
We locked the vehicles into 4 wheel drive and took off for the mountain tail/road. After driving about halfway up the mountain, the road started to get a little soft, so we got out and walked a bit. With the sun shining on our faces, we explored nature while walking the trail.
|Magical Stream just off Garden Canyon Trail.|
At one point we ventured a bit off the trail into a magical creek bed. The mountain columbines where just poking through the earth, and the water was ice cold. We didn't stray too far though because we found a mountain lion tracks in the claylike trail; we didn't know how long the track had been there and didn't want to find out. The twins would have made a sumptuous snack.
We then went back down the tail to eat our spring equinox inspired lunch, colorful hardboiled eggs turned into egg salad tortilla wraps with pickles and apples.
|Hanna with her dyed eggs.|
On the next day, Mom and I decided to take a couple of the kids up the other canyon located on post, called Ft. Huachuca canyon, which was just a magical.
|Mom and girls trekking ahead.|
This hike was actually on an off-road trail, and we only hiked about halfway up but it was just a breathtaking. There were more rocks and sycamore trees here, and the whole hike was not near as steep. With a gradual ascend, the hiking was easy and enjoyable. There was more open area here and even little platues of grassy areas.
We hiked for about an hour at a slow pace and then headed back down. Along the way the kids built little rock houses for others to discover. It was a great day.
LIFE IS GOOD.