Officially, we are in the 4th wettest monsoon season (since upgraded to #3) since records were kept. Amy and I thought hiking to the base of Tanque Verde Falls would be fun but this is also the scene of numerous rescues in the last couple of weeks. So, I stayed up all night looking at weather charts, monitoring weather radar and the following morning, deemed it safe for us.
We were surprised the the water flow, while nice, wasn't the torrent I expected. More like what you would expect from a snow melt in the spring. While it wasn't a raging flow.....
....it still made navigating a challenge. That is, if you didn't want to get your feet wet.
After surmounting one wall, Amy shows exuberance upon reaching a short, sandy area.
Advancing upstream presented more fun obstacles but there is always a workaround. Well, we reached....
....a corner and decided the workaround, if there was one, would require too high a climb so we finally did get our feet wet, lol.
Jack the Dog is not usually a fan of hiking but he was having great fun today. We had to lift him a few times but then reached a wall that made that impractical. So, I scrambled up it and....
...took a few pics of the falls. I walked up the right side and....
....discovered a couple of people laying in the sun. A beautiful location and worth the 1.5 mile experience to the falls.
While the temperature was moderate, the humidity was high so frequently I dipped my hat in the cooling water as we navigated our way downstream.
The clouds for another afternoon of storms was gathering in the distance as we continued....
....reaching the trail that took us back to the rim of the canyon and our vehicle. A fun, 3 mile hike.