For my birthday I (Andrew) wanted to do something a little out of the ordinary. Also, considering this whole COVID-19 Coronavirus situation, I kind of had to do something weird. As my wife was asking me what I wanted to do for my birthday that wasn’t going to put me within 6 feet of anyone and wasn’t going to make me touch anything anyone else had ever touched… I realized there were like 2 options. Which were: nothing (that’s not gonna happen) or a hike. In my opinion, the best hikes include some type of water feature. And since I live in Arizona, finding hikes with water is like trying to find water in a desert… Wonder where I got that analogy? Anyway, this hike wasn’t that far away from us, so I roped my wife, one year old son and sister-in-law in on what turned out to be a 6 hour journey!
We took my wife’s Volvo XC90 (V8 AWD) and set out with a baby carrier and some water bottles. When we got there, it was insanely busy. The police had blocked the turn off to go to the hike. We had to drive into a wash with really deep sand to park. Several others had done this too, though this young girl with her Civic very nearly got stuck and some other guy and I had to push her out of the hole she had dug in for herself.
But ignoring the fact that there were going to be a million people there and the police didn’t want us to be there, we pressed on. We walked around the cop car and onto the dirt road about 1/2-3/4 mile to the trail head. The hike really wasn’t too crowded, I think that’s because it’s such a long journey, it’s about 3.5 miles in and another 3.5 out. So even though there were a lot of cars, it didn’t feel like we were crowded. Plenty of room for social distancing. haha
The way up was pretty uneventful; Caden slept, Caden woke up, Caden wanted food, Caden wanted water, Caden was hot, Caden was done with the carrier, Caden wanted milk but Kimberly didn’t have her cover and didn’t want to go bare-breasted out in public (there were enough people to make her uncomfortable about that). It wasn’t all bad though! On hikes, I have a tough time coming up with good things to say about them, I just love ’em! There were some great views and some cool sights, I enjoyed being outside in nature, and I loved being with my family. In the end it was a great hike, the people we met on the trail were so nice and kind.
Oh yeah, and we saw a rattlesnake, in real freaking life. It was absolutely nuts. Those things are freaky. It was in the middle of the trail, someone threw a boulder at it and it got off the trail, but not without making a lot of noise. I’ll try to post the video, but photos may need to suffice for now.
If you take nothing else from this, take this: the Massacre Falls Trail is beautiful and you should take your family and go. It’s kind of a tough hike, but the waterfall at the end is pretty cool. More than anything just get outside and find an adventure!