September 14, 2011
East Verde River, Three Falls
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A flood of woe delivers writer to the unexpected solace of a river bank
I fell in love with her at first sight on that very first day. It was just past a bleak Christmas on my first day on a new job in Payson, after what felt like the collapse of my life. I had no sooner settled into my office, then the snow started drifting down onto the parking lot — big, lazy flakes with all the time in the world. So I grabbed a camera and headed out of the town to which I was a stranger, hoping to find an overlook from which to shoot a snowscape. Veering onto Flowing Springs Road, I parked and tromped through the gathering snow to an overlook. Below, the East Verde River wandered past the ridge, slipped under the highway bridge and eased on down through a subdivision. She took my breath away in that first, heart-stopping moment.