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“It’s a good day for a hike.” Bryon got behind the wheel and we headed toward Sedona. Since we had to be back in town for business later in the day, it had to be nearby and/or quick. The West Fork Trail was perfect!

We pulled off the road so I could take this picture. West Fork Trail is just down the road from here.

We pulled off the road so I could take this picture. West Fork Trail is just down the road from here.

Apple and pear trees in the orchard, waiting for spring.
Apple and pear trees in the orchard, waiting for spring.

Ferns carpet the orchard floor, which is also covered with snow.

Ferns carpet the orchard floor, which is also covered with snow.

Don't be fooled by the sun--it was cold out here.
Don’t be fooled by the sun–it was cold out here.

Remains of an abandoned house. Other walls are covered with ivy.

Remains of an abandoned house. Other walls are covered with ivy.

Heading toward the trailhead.

Heading toward the trailhead.

After seeing sun and snow in the orchard, I did not expect to encounter a wall of ice as we started walking down the trail.

After seeing sun and snow in the orchard, I did not expect to encounter a wall of ice as we started walking down the trail.

Bryon, not easily dwarfed by the surroundings.

Bryon, not easily dwarfed by the surroundings.

The water was clear and cold.

The water was clear and cold.

Down the creek the ice was thick enough for us to cross from one side to the other.

Down the creek the ice was thick enough for us to cross from one side to the other.

Crossing the creek on the trail the second time we came here.
Crossing the creek on the trail the second time we came here.

Did I want to look through a macro lens or a wide angle one? Luckily I did not have to choose just one.

Did I want to look through a macro lens or a wide angle one? Luckily I did not have to choose just one.

If you look carefully you can see that beavers have been here--the gnawed branches give them away.

If you look carefully you can see that beavers have been here–the gnawed branches give them away.

Pine trees and yucca plants, an unlikely winter pairing.
Pine trees and yucca plants, an unlikely winter pairing.

It's hard not to keep looking up at the cliffs along the way.
It’s hard not to keep looking up at the cliffs along the way.

The view from the start of the trail (or the end of it).
The view from the end of the trail (or the start of it).