Rim Country – Arizona

Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith

A long way down  My mom’s birthday is only a couple of weeks after mine. That makes us both Libras and another reason why we are like peas and carrots. We set out for another adventure to celebrate her big day, although she says next year is the REALLY big year. I don’t know what that means, but I was excited for another fun time with my family!

We packed up the car and drove up to Rim Country located high above Phoenix about 4 or 5 hours north. The long drive and suitcases meant we would be staying at a hotel, and I would get special human food while on the road. Yeah baby! We stayed in Show Low at the Best Western where the people were friendly and my kind welcome.

Birthday selfie!Our first day, we drove up to 8,000 feet to explore in and around Alpine. We visited Luna Lake, and I took a dip. Yowsa! The water was cold, and I loved it! It totally reminded me of high-mountain lakes in Colorado. We saw some fall color where aspens were changing, and that made my mom happy as fall is one of her most favorite times of year.

My dad woke up sick a few days previously, and he wasn’t feeling good. My daddy is one tough dude, but when he gets a cold, all bets are off. My folks decided to head home a day early. Drats! High-altitude hiking would have to wait. I guess that means we’ll be coming back. Anyway, we opted to take the scenic route home via the Mogollon Rim Road, which is part of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Steve and Kuma on overlookBut first, we had a yummy lunch at Bugles. This is about the only place to get any food, so be sure to stop before you embark on the long drive. Once on the road, you are committed.

The road starts off paved and eventually turns to dirt. All along the rim are camping places, lakes, picnic spots, and incredible views.

Knoll LakeWe followed that road for hours looking over the edge. Mom says The Rim is kinda like the Grand Canyon but with one side. We could see forever, and the drop offs were super steep. We got out to take some pictures and the wind was howling something fierce. It tried to blow us off the ledge a couple of times. I wasn’t scared one bit; I just wanted back in the car.

Fall color in AZDown the road, we needed to stretch our legs a bit and drove over to Knoll Lake, another beautiful spot. People were fishing and enjoying picnics. We walked around as the sun started to go down. Back in the car we went and headed home.

The entire drive took most of the day, but the scenic views were breathtaking. If you haven’t experienced Rim Country, get yourself up there! As soon as the snow hits, the road will close for the season. As for my mom, she ended up getting my dad’s cold. Not the gift she was looking for. Good thing I am the world’s best cuddle buddy. Stay healthy!

Kumaito (Kuma for short) is a multi-tan Shiba Inu, an ancient breed from Japan, who moved from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to Friendswood, Texas. He enjoys running almost every day with his mom, chasing squirrels out of his yard, playing with toys, pestering his brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, Kuma loves about everything and everyone! His mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help him tell his story. She is a certified professional behavior analyst (CPBA) who has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs across the country. She is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books who helps companies rewire their business for success and inspires people toward a healthier, more balanced life. You can reach Kuma through Lorraine’s website: www.lorrainebosse-smith.com. Be sure to visit Kuma Dog’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Kumathedog?ref=hl

You never know what he’ll be up to next!