I love roadtrips. There’s something about being in my jeep with the top down and music playing as I explore unknown places that brings me a sense of calm. Yes, I know it sounds like the opposite of adventure. But having opportunities to explore new places, stopping as I please, and taking pictures along the way is my happy place. One thing about me, I have a fear of expectations. It seems every time someone talks something up to you it gets all built up. You go into these situations expecting nothing but greatness and when that greatness doesn’t exceed your expectations you feel disappointed. Well I had heard all about the Apache Trail and how beautiful it is. President Theodore Roosevelt himself said “the Apache Trail combines the grandeur of the Alps, the glory of the Rockies, the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, and then adds an indefinable something that none of the others have. To me, it is the most awe-inspiring and most sublimely beautiful.” I don’t think it’s possible to set the bar any higher than that. Well it was all true…no shattered expectations on this one! The scenery took my breath away. There was even a point as I descended Fish Creek Hill that brought tears to my eyes. I left before the sun rose so I could do some light painting in the desert. My goal was to make it up to Canyon Lake by the time the sun was rising. I didn’t take into account the lake is surrounded by mountains so it took a little longer for the sun to rise over the mountains than the horizon so I didn’t get the dramatic colors I was looking for. Fish Creek Hill was an adventure in itself. My jeep was smiling the whole way down…he told me so! If you aren’t familiar with the Apache Trail it’s pretty much a 1.5 lane dirt road once through Tortilla Flat all the way to Roosevelt Damn. Fish Creek Hill is a portion of this 1.5 lane dirt road with twists, turns, hills and amazing landscapes alongside high mountain drops. In mid-March it was a pretty chilly drive with my doors and Jeep top down. If I had to do it again, I would wait until it was a little warmer, or I would have put my doors on. I stopped for a great breakfast at the Apache Lake Marina and Resort while admiring the view of the lake. This is a definite must-do on your Phoenix area bucket list! You will not regret it! The worst part was ending the day with the feeling my pictures wouldn’t do it justice. This is a drive much better seen in person than on a computer screen or a print.