“The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, and gives you a sense of meaning, joy and passion.” Unknown
Sometimes it is curiosity that taunts us, sometimes it is reputation, and sometimes because it just seems like fun. Today it was all three. I had heard about Wave Cave through other hikers and I promised myself I would not go through the winter without making the effort.
It is located in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, and what makes it unique is while there is information and photos, it is not an established trail.
We make sure good shoes, and determination are within the consensus of the group and the GPS is activated…just in case. The packs are filled with the necessities for a desert hike, and we go.
I remember taking deep breath when I adjusted my backpack. I was thinking how appropriately named these mountains are, and how lucky we are that while most of the country is snuggled up next to the fireplace, in Arizona we find ourselves wandering through the desert with wide eyes.
The tiny dot of a cave on the hillside was pretty daunting from below, and viewable from the Canary Springs Parking. We were on the right track. We funneled ourselves on to the narrow passage and began the trek up a primitive trail. A 3.5 mile hike should be fairly simple, unless there is a 900’elevation gain over the first mile and a half.
We made it. And the views….
Speak for themselves.
Grateful once again for this beautiful place I also call home.
PS. That is me with the winsome smile.