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Everyone enjoyed this hike when I led it a year ago and so I decided to try it again. And once again it was thoroughly enjoyable.
The sky was mostly cloudy when we began but there were still patches of blue, which I made a point of mentioning. That way, if any rains did come, I could claim, “Well, we had blue skies when we started!”
Temperatures remained brisk and as I’d hoped, the trees gave us protection from the wind. We could hear the wind in the upper leaves, though, and that was a rare treat.
Just past the outbound midpoint we discovered a pleasant little pond feed through the rocks by Banning Creek. This was a great place to catch our breath and take photos.
Skies grew darker as the morning lengthened. We still had a long way to finish the hike, but everyone seemed in the mood to step up the pace anyway. If it did rain, the chances of finding shelter at the west trailhead seemed greater.
Fortunately we did reach the White Spar campground without precipitation. We did make use of the campground facilities, though, especially the restrooms and picnic tables.
Being the half way point, and proving seats and tables, the campground was the logical place for a lunch break. And here we did encounter some rain, though only a few drops. The pessimists nevertheless donned rain gear before heading out and the optimists, of course, didn’t.
The optimists, as it turned out, were in the right. It only rained slightly for a few minutes and then stopped. The rest of us needed a break to replace our raingear.
The Goldwater Lakes trail doesn’t actually run along the lakeshore, but there’s another city trail that does. So on the way back we took that detour and enjoyed the view.
After the hike we headed to El Gato Azul, a trendy bistro located near the main square in Prescott and specializing in Spanish food. What’s Spanish food, you ask? Well, sort of a cross between Mediterranean and Mexican. It has great outdoor seating when the weather is warm enough (which for us, unfortunately, it wasn’t) and some truly eclectic and enjoyable dishes. Definitely different but interesting and everyone enjoyed it. Service was excellent so thumbs up for a return visit!
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updated March 31, 2017