Horton Creek is located about 16 miles north of Payson and is about a 2 hour drive for us. We left the house at 4:30 and after a back track trip to Walmart for a sweatshirt for him and some long underwear for me (it was a colder move than we were prepared for) we were on the trail by 7.

This was an 8 miles hike (4 to the springs and 4 back), in and out trail that follows Horton Creek so it has many riverside photo ops.

I love the peaceful feeling of walking through the woods in the early morning. The sounds of birds and, especially walking along this trail, the sounds of the creek running, the water pushing over the rocks. Breathing in deep breaths of fresh pine needle and occasional camper fires. Make me want to go camping!

I love light play and catching shadows..

Greg catches action shots of me all the time, I think this one is the best. He caught the scene out in front of me and my shot on the camera!

8 miles with very little break time was tough but this go at the trail was much easier than my first try!

We stopped in Payson for lunch before driving home. We ate at the New York pizza and wings, it was standard bar food and a small selection of beers.