Phoenix-Area Day Hike
Yes, Phoenix is close enough for a day trip!
For our anniversary this year, we traveled to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park (aka, the "White Tanks"), to hike the Mesquite Canyon trail to Willow Spring. Why? Because ~16 years ago, that's where I asked Karen to marry me. (And she said "Yes!") Oh, and we held our wedding ceremony in the park - near the Mesquite Canyon Trailhead - 15 years ago.
Here is a great view of Mesquite Canyon. If you look closely, you will see why this mountain range - located on the west edge of the Phoenix area - is called the White Tanks.
Willow Spring, which provides a small, steady quantity of water all year round, is at the base of the cliff beyond the big boulder seen in this photo. It's about 3.5 miles from the Mesquite Canyon trailhead to this lovely spot.
It may not be the most picturesque spring, but it is always an enjoyable destination! Water trickles out of the rock in the center of this photo, which is taken facing westward; the towering cliff ensures this spring is in shade all year 'round.
Here is where Karen & I got engaged!!!
What a lovely day!!!