With Thanksgiving being only two days away, maybe a time of reflection is needed for all those trips to your favorite fishing hole or hiking areas in Rim Country.
We live in a magnificent area beneath the Mogollon Rim where, in only minutes, one can be in the wilderness enjoying the outdoors.
Last week on a wood-cutting excursion, I was approaching the second crossing and saw a mature bald eagle in a dead ponderosa snag.
I stopped and enjoyed the picture of our country’s majestic symbol with the backdrop of the Diamond Rim.
To see that view made the early morning wake-up call worth it.
For some of you, it may be a fishing trip with a family member or friend in pursuit of bass or trout in one of the many lakes and streams within a short drive of Payson that can bring pleasure to any angler.
We can do this after work or on a weekend with very little planning or effort on our part, in comparison to the folks who madly drive the Beeline on Friday afternoon!
Hunting seasons are in full swing and the late fall weather has been perfectly delightful for day trips or extended camping weekends where numerous species of Arizona big game are the quarry.
These adventures are exciting to an extensive number of Payson residents and the stories created will be shared many times at local businesses, meetings and family gatherings.
I might add that they seem to get better with time depending on where these experiences are retold.
No doubt, we have so much to be thankful for in regards to our families, friends and the Arizona outdoors.
Combine them in an outdoor adventure and you will have a moment in time that is more valuable than all the money in the world.
This week, have a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoy the