Willow Springs Lake/Christopher Creek

We headed back up to the Mogollon Rim one day last week to go to a different lake…Willow Springs Lake (elevation 7,513 feet). It was beautiful…but raining. The birds were hiding, I didn’t want to get my cameras wet, and it was cold! At the same time that it was 109° in Phoenix it was 50° cooler there.

Abert’s Squirrel

So we left…to return another day. We headed down the hill to Christopher Creek for lunch, hoping it would clear up afterwards.

This is what the Mogollon Rim looks like from below as opposed to what it looks like from above in a previous post.

Christopher Creek is a tiny (3 square miles) census-designated place in northern Gila County. Situated at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the community lies at an elevation of 5,961 feet and is located approximately 23.5 miles northeast of Payson. The population as of the 2010 U.S. Census was 156 (Wikipedia). There were at least 100 homes there so the population must not take into consideration part-time residents. It’s a beautiful little town with some lodges, a couple restaurants, and a market or 2. I was very surprised to see this large, new LDS church there, too.

It’s now the town I wish we could have a 2nd home in (I keep changing towns but it’s just a dream anyway).

It didn’t really clear up, the rain let up a little but it was still very overcast and threatening to rain more so we took a walk on the creek. I heard there are a ton of birds there but they didn’t want to get wet, I guess.

Lots of slippery rocks in the creek as Tony climbed around on them attempting to get that award-winning photo. And this is it:

It’s very pretty. And then he fell on the slippery rocks. He had sprained fingers, we went to the ER in Payson because he thought one was broken, and then we headed home. And this is why you should always have a filter on your lens:

So we will return another day to further explore the area but this is monsoon season so you never know when you’re going to get a non-rainy day, especially up north.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Willow Springs Lake/Christopher Creek

  1. Your comment about changing towns for your dream 2nd home made me chuckle. One of my favorite fantasies is thinking about winning one of those huge, like over 100 million, lottery jackpots, and then deciding where I’d buy various cabins around the state.

  2. I am so sorry about Tony’s fingers, and I do hope they are feeling better soon.
    I love the photograph of those colorful kayaks, and that little squirrel is adorable. He looks a bit different than the squirrels we see here in NY.

    I cannot believe the temperature difference. Even though it was rainy, I’ll be it felt really good to get out of 109-degree heat.

    Have a wonderful week, Candace!

  3. I’m really enjoying the marvelous photos you are taking, Candace! Both in this post and the one today. I loved the creek pictures, what a beautiful, rocky place. So sorry to hear about the fall though.

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