The Thanksgiving weekend is often a time for our to family gather and enjoy too much food and many stories that seem to focus on the outdoors in the Rim Country. The big one that may or may not have gotten away on a family fishing trip or the latest hunting adventure which always generates a story or two, makes excellent post-dinner conversation as the pecan pie is quickly vanishing.
Most of these outdoor adventures have been generated within a few miles of the city limits of Payson. We live in a magnificent area beneath the Mogollon Rim where, in only minutes one can be in the wilderness enjoying the outdoors. I have visited many places in our great country, but none compare with the scenic view of the drive coming off the Rim on Highway 260.
On a recent wood-cutting trip, I saw a mature 4-point mule deer buck browsing along the road and he actually allowed me to watch him a couple of minutes before he got nervous and bounded off into the timber. 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. Being able to do this after work or on a weekend with very little planning on our part is a real luxury, compared to the folks who madly drive the Beeline on Friday afternoon.
For others, it may be a hunting season with a long-awaited bull elk tag in one of the local units that will create the excuse to be in the field for the entire week.
Whatever you are doing this Thanksgiving weekend, make it a point to enjoy family, friends and the outdoors. Making memories are some of the most precious gifts we can share. This weekend, have a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoy the outdoors, God’s creation.