A Sunday Morning Hike

The wife and I were up at 4:15 and out the door at 5:45 this morning. After picking up a friend, we headed out to Parker Canyon Lake, a 35-minute drive from our home. Parker Lake is a scenic, 130-acre lake located in the high cool rolling hills of southeastern Arizona. By 6:30 we were on the Parker Canyon Lake Shore Trail and ready to start our 4.5-mile hike.

Parker Lake I

Recently, the wife and I have made a conscious effort to incorporate more hikes into our workout regimen, joining running, lifting, bike riding, and yoga. As we age a little –  gracefully I might add – we have turned to walking more because this low to moderate impact activity is easier on the joints and bones – your hips and knees being the primary beneficiaries – than higher impact activities such as running. And of course, an additional benefit of hiking in a mountainous area, over running through the streets, is there are more scenic views to take in, and more of an opportunity to enjoy them.

Parker Canyon Lake III

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Parker Lake II

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  1. Thank you for sharing, James. What a wonderful Sunday you guys had.

    • It definitely was a great way to exert a little energy, get some fresh air, and engage in thoughtful conversation.

  2. You’re spot on (as usual) James in that vigorous hiking is not only good for the body but good for the soul as well. Kathleen and I just finished the Angels Landing hike (2+51 hrs to include 30 minutes at the pinnacle) but 6.5 miles in The Narrows at Zion NP. It felt like we just finished the San Francisco Marathon (remember that!) but the visual splendor along the way made it some much more enjoyable.

    • Great to hear from you, my friend. (Looking forward to dinner next month.) Believe me, I don’t think I’ll ever forget the SF Marathon, particularly the last couple of miles!

  3. Hiking nourishes both body and mind. I think I miss that when I’m just walking. I might not be looking hard enough but it seems there a few nearby hiking opportunities around where we live now. Not sure if I can still do the getting up at 5am thing.

    • “Hiking nourishes both body and mind.” Indeed. A great opportunity for physical exertion and spiritual reflection.

  4. I’m with you James, hiking is far more scenic than walking the streets. We also went for a hike in a large bush reserve not far from here, on Saturday. And, bonus, I got to see my first koala in the wild since I’ve lived in Australia!!

    • Seeing the koala … good stuff. Speaking of bears, my wife posted some pictures from the hike on Facebook after we got home and a friend commented that the area had recently been closed for a couple weeks because of the high presence of black bears. Fortunately, we didn’t come across any.

  5. Looks like a beautiful place for a morning hike! I love hiking and we try to get out as often as we can with the little one!

    • Indeed. A good morning hike is a great way to exercise, relax the mind, and spend quality time with family and friends.

  6. Looks like a great day!

    • While it started to warm up quite a bit toward the end of the hike, it was a terrific way to start the day.

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