Overnight trip to the Mogollon Rim
The first weekend of October 2015, Ryan (friend I’ve known since Middle School) and I took a little drive through Arizona’s high country. If you head east from Payson, AZ you will come across Woods Canyon Lake; a small Forest Service recreation area. You take FS Road 300 for about 7 miles and turn south on FS Road 76. Take 76 until you literally can not drive any further.
If you make it to this point you will be greeted with a vast expanse of Arizona pine trees stretching for miles. The view is enhanced because you are perched on the edge of the Mogollon Rim. Ryan and I looked out on the vast expanse of land in front of us in awe at the spot we had made our camp. How is it I’ve never heard of such a place? Surely people have been to this area before, how has its beauty not escaped into the public knowledge? (Well now it has).
Ryan and I hiked the rim for a few miles. Scaring elk and deer along the way as we hiked through the dense brush. We admired a baby Horney Toad (I’m guessing that’s not their scientific name but I’ve been calling them that my whole life). We both needed some time to disconnect with society, hit the reset button on our minds. The sound of the wind through the trees, and the lack of sound, no baby crying, no loud car driving down the street.
Ryan has a Tepui Roof Top Tent which he has mounted on his 2014 Toyota Tacoma, I placed my Nemo tent right on the rim. I was hoping for an amazing wake up view. We built a small fire and ate a simple dinner. When the rain started to fall we called it a night.
I awoke to a loud crack of thunder. It was about 6am, I stuck my head out of my tent and saw a thunderstorm rolling across the land about 5 miles away. Ryan and I packed out tents and tried to have some breakfast before the storm rolled over our camp. The drive home was quiet , with small talk about coming back to the campsite in the near future. The trip was exactly what we needed.