Spent a nice week up in the White Mountains of Arizona at a spot we have nicknamed Iris Spring. Its a beautiful oasis in a region that had been badly burnt out by wildfires. The area is still in the early stages of habitat recovery, but there are lush green marshes along the spring-fed creek. The spring appears to originate from under the roots of an old stump near the trail head.
The wildflowers were in full bloom, and we had an awesome time exploring the backcountry.
I don't think I have ever seen such a chubby little chipmunk!
On one of my short day hikes I fallowed the stream down hill until I came to a super rocky slope. At the bottom of this slope, we found another secluded marsh which looked like the perfect area to watch for elk or deer. On our way back to camp, I caught a glimpse of a young buck making his way back up the ridge via the game trail that ran alongside the stream. So exciting!
The White Mountains are notorious for their rocky slopes! When I'm hiking in the back country, I usually try to stick to the elk trails and pick my way up and down the slopes. Quite a few of the surviving trees have blackened trunks from previous wildfires along this ridge.
Cricket had a ball exploring the marshes during one of our hikes. She looks so sharp sporting her new haircut! No more ragamuffin!
The following is a short video of Cricket exploring the lower marshes below camp.