The hike into Bear Creek Canyon Oasis came recommended by my friend who hiked it last December. He has a sense for what I like so I knew I could not go wrong here. It also brought me into a different area to check out. The trail head was only a 35 minute drive away. I was up early and raring to get going. It was easy to find as were all trail heads I hit. I was prepared for the heat and would be going all the way today.
I arrived early to an absolutely gorgeous area, so pretty, so clean, just so appealing as a first impression. I knew I was in for something special. I did my homework on this route as there were postings that it could be a challenge to get on the correct trail. I made my way through the first section and found my way to the wash. It was a long wash to follow to the other side where the ascending began. I realize now how I enjoy washes! They are so photogenic.
The ascent began in the heat. I took my time and made sure to appreciate every little thing especially once I got high and could see forever. I was able to pick out places and identify them, finally, as my vacation was nearing the end. I ascended, and ascended. Higher and higher. Then I rounded a corner and could see a green patch down below in the far off distance. Ah, the oasis! O.K. So I have to descend, ascend, then descend and ascend again. Fine, I came prepared. The oasis was an oasis, like a hidden treasure. I took a little time here then said goodbye.
I made my way back to a high point with a wide open view to have my lunch. I lingered long. I knew once I was back to my red Chevy that my vacation was over. So, I lingered again. I knew once I was back to my red Chevy that it would be one more sleep then heading back to cold Calgary. So, I lingered again. I knew once I was back to my red Chevy that it would be time to face reality again. So, I lingered again. You get my drift!
I arrived back at the wash, meandered here, chatted with folks then aimed for the palm trees and my red Chevy. I drove back to Palm Springs to where it felt like home to me and to be. Thank you for your suggestion on this hike, it was a fine topping to top off this marvellous vacation.