Buck Springs is one of a number of old cabins littered around Mogollon Rim’s back dirt roads.
There are two standing cabins on this site. The smaller of the two was built in 1923, while the larger was built in 1946.
The cabins found in this area were built by early Forest Service, ranchers and settlers while they worked the land. The area is also home to animals looking for food, water, and shelter.
The natural springs throughout the area provide vital water and pools for the wildlife that inhabit the area.
If you visit, remember leave it cleaner than you found it. These are precious places that hold their own history and beauty. Leave a lasting positive impression for future visitors…. not one of trash that one brings in and leaves as a poor testament to today’s mankind.
Finally… instead of going out taking photos when our schedules allowed it… we decided to go out because there was weather in the forecast. Sometimes you have to make time for the things that are important to you.
Never was that more clear than this week! I have two friends in the hospital, and one recently out, all awaiting or have just undergone serious surgery. It’s very scary to see people you love facing such a difficult time. While in your heart, you know they will be ok, you can’t help but ache for their situation.
It’s made worse by their having to go through it alone (due to covid restrictions), without their significant other by their side to hold their hand and keep their mind off of the upcoming surgery.
While I know my friends will be better as a result of the surgeries, it really gives you pause. Enjoy life, every day! Do the things one enjoys. And don’t take life for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff. One never knows what the future brings for any of us.
To Doug, Pat, and Meg: Be safe, be well, and know that you are loved. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
As I look out across the ridge, I am awe stuck by the beauty around me. The skies opened up and cast this amazing glow as if to say, it’ll all be alright, life is beautiful and there is a lot more to see.
We have been to the Mogollon Rim many times. The ‘Rim’ we frequent is off of SR-87 long Forest Road – 300. The Mogollon Rim escarpment actually continues for several hundred miles.
It passes through some gorgeous country and spectacular views, not to mention a number of lakes. Bear Lake and Knoll Lake along FR-300 are popular, and if one continues on they can visit Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs. Though the latter two lakes are more easily accessible from Payson along SR-260.
Continuing East on SR-260, the Rim Road (FR-300) crosses the highway and continues all the way to Show Low. We had never taken this section toward Show Low before, so we took the occasion to check it out.
We found the early part to have some nice views (and a LOT of campers, as it is very close to the SR-260 highway). Continuing on, the East side is completely fenced off and entry to the Indian Reservation land prohibited. Through this stretch the views are obscured through thick trees. You literally can’t see the forest through the trees.
It was a beautiful drive and yielded some photographic opportunities, although the weather struggled to cooperate. We set out under the forecast of rain, and rain we got… and fog, and barely a sunset or sunrise obscured by dense cloud cover, and then clearing to blue sky after the storm had passed.
I’m not complaining, any day spent in the woods with some gorgeous views, is always a good day.
We have had quite the drought this summer, with no rain. That finally changed with a quick storm that rolled in and gave us some rain, hail, and a little snow!
We took the opportunity to run out to the rim to see if we could get some storm pix.
We loved the sky opening up and raining on the valley below. It made for some spectacular views.
When it rains on your parade, look up not down. Without the rain, there is no rainbow.
Bad weather always looks worse through a window…. gotta get out there and feel the storm and it’s intensity to live life to the fullest.
It turned out to be a great day for storm watching.
If you’ve been to Mogollon Rim by way of Forest Road 95, you’ve passed over the bridge at East Clear Creek.
The road itself is dusty, windy, and beautiful. It’s kind of like a suspense thriller – and I don’t mean spooky guy at the end. In fact, for me it’s a plot that thickens. It starts with boring tall forest to pull you in. It’s nice enough, but sorta drab.
Then it sprinkles in some cool craggy oaks, and the occasional fir. Then.. just as you turn the corner, it grabs you with more breathtaking views.
It’s a suspense thriller with a happy ending.
… and sometimes unexpected twists and turns.
Life gets busy, but we should never be so busy that we don’t take time out to frequent our favorite spots and do the things that rock our individual boats … and for us that includes the Mogollon Rim.
We actually got snow, sleet, hail, and rain during our short trip, which made for awesome scenery and elk wondering what we were doing there.
It made me wonder what took us so long… oh, there was that project, and that chore, and that meeting, plus that snow storm, the roads were closed… well, okay.
Always find time to smell the roses, or in our case fresh forest air.
I did a Best of. 2018 here…. https://kritterspix.com/2018/12/27/best-of-2018/
I’m fortunate to have taken enough worthy photos that I can share multiple Best of 2018 posts, albeit some similar themes.
1. Tree Saddle Snow First Snow of 2018, January 21 on Mogollon Rim.
2. Blue Shutters Provence FRANCE
3. Water Rok Vernazza, Cinque Terre ITALY
4. Rio Boats Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre ITALY
5. Fog Trees Fog over Moqui Draw
6. Point Imperial River Sunset over Grand Canyon North Rim, Point Imperial
7. Awesome View Your’s truly, taken at North Rim Grand Canyon by Arizona Highways Photographer, Suzanne Mathia
8. Cape Flowers Grand Canyon North Rim, Cape Royal
9. Aspen Maple Fall Colors on Mogollon Rim
10. Ruins Burst Sunrise of old Indian Ruins
I love these posts. They make me reflect on the year past, where I have been and what we have done. These images are a glimpse into our lives and our souls. I hope you enjoyed taking the journey with me.
For more pix check out… https://kritterspix.com/2018/12/27/best-of-animals-2018/ and https://kritterspix.com/2018/12/27/best-of-2018/.
Before Fall Colors have even popped yet, we got our first snowfall. Fall Colors dropped against the blanket of fresh snow made the maple leaves in their varying color stand out.
I love the contrast of color Fall brings, with the green Pines, yellowing Oaks, and emerging reds amidst the scattered Maples. It’s a potpourri of color and textures.
The snow just adds another dimension in this already gorgeous time in our myriad of seasons we get to enjoy.
For more of my fall color photos, check out my post here… https://kritterspix.com/2018/10/20/first-snow-2/
Following the Tinder Fire that devastated our communities, I have been intent on capturing the many faces of the aftermath. You can see my other post here…. https://kritterspix.com/category/pix/
In this endeavor I have been faced with the realities that are post-fire – the devastation, the soot, the destroyed vegetation and the re-birth of new vegetation. What I somehow didn’t expect was the realization that my photos truly are capturing a moment in time that will only be that way for that instant… to never be the same again.
I took this photo (above), I call Charcoal Tinder, just after the fire and we were finally allowed back in the forest. This cool tree still has the roots attached, charcoaled that they may be. It stands as a testament to the resilience of the forest, and the trauma that it saw with fire raging all around. I flinch to think about it.
I took these two photos of the very same tree just a week later, I called it Scar Face, now. It’s the same tree! It’s roots have broken off and already disintegrated into the charred soot at it’s feet. The cool branches that stood strong amidst the tragedy of that day… are now gone. It is already fading back into the earth from where it came.
It saddens me to realize that what is left now… may not be for long. Our forest will continue to change. Trees will fall, leaves will drop, plain sticks and hulks of trees will become more prevalent… until nothing but a heaping pile of remnants remain. Whoa! That’s too vivid… but that’s what it looks like on the Mogollon Rim, years after wildfire devastated it’s beautiful landscape leaving nothing but fallen tinder in it’s wake all these years later.
I remain extremely appreciative and thankful that it wasn’t worse, and that we still have our home to return to, where so many don’t. We look over a scarred ridge that serves as a reminder of what came so close… and I look toward the green trees amongst the brown ones and smile at their tenacity and strength.
Just off the Forest Road 300 is an obscure road marked FR 218: Milk Ranch Road. Along it are magnificent overlooks of the Mogollon Rim below. One can find an open spot in the woods or down a long rocky rough road to be rewarded by this great expanse.
If you’re lucky you’ll be blessed with amazing skies, puffy clouds, and remarkable sunsets and sunrises. If you’re not, just enjoy the view, a nice picnic and peaceful, relaxing visit.
For more from this trip and Lessons from a Squirrel check out my post HERE.