Big Al Named “Best Float” at Fossil Springs (November 2018)

Big Al Named “Best Float” at Fossil Springs (November 2018)

Fossil Creek Falls, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, Big Al', alligator, Arizona, AZ
Big Al’ anticipates playtime!

Fossil Springs is a perennial favorite.  Why is it a year-round favorite?  Simple.  While most people are in a Fall state of mind, my thoughts are about waterfalls (above, on, in, and under).  This weekend was no exception.  The relatively warm and clear water of Fossil Creek invited me to play.

Mountains do not call me.  They know that I will not answer.

Waterfalls do not call me.  They know that I will be there.

Some friends camped.  They reported the air temperature dropping to 34F.  We arrived to the springs around 10:00 A.M.  The air temperature was in the mid 50s.  The main spring was 70.3F, as it has been for most of 2018.

The air temperature at the waterfall, Fossil Creek Falls, was 66F around 10:30 A.M.  The water temperature was 69.2F.  Cold?  Yes.  Did we get in the water?  No doubt.

SECRET GROTTO

We first explored the Secret Grotto.

Secret Grotto, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, waterfall, grotto, cave, Arizona, AZ
I Wish I Could Be Like the Cool Kids

UNDER THE WATERFALL

Once in the Secret Grotto, it is time to make friends . . . with the fish.  This works much better when the water is clear.  I take goggles to better see the fish under the waterfall.

Fossil Creek Falls, waterfall, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, fish, underwater, blue water, Arizona, AZ
Fish under the waterfall (Fossil Creek Falls)

Ray making peace with the fish.  The water temperature was around 69F at the Fossil Creek Falls.

Fish, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, waterfall, Secret Grotto, underwater
Ray and the Fish

THE COOL ROOM

The Cool Room is named for the impression that one has upon entering: “Cool!”

Cool Room, cave, underwater cave, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, Arizona, AZ
Ray in the Cool Room

 

The next photo is the view from inside the Cool Room (underwater), looking outward from the underwater entrance/exit.

Cool Room, cave, underwater cave, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, Arizona, AZ
Telford at the underwater entrance of the Cool Room

 

THE TOILET BOWL

I strongly encourage staying out of the Toilet Bowl.

Toilet Bowl, underwater, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, Rex Kuhn, Rex E. Kuhn, Arizona, AZ
Underwater entrance to the Toilet Bowl

 

Toilet Bowl, whirlpool, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, Rex Kuhn, Rex E. Kuhn, Arizona, AZ
Inside the Toilet Bowl

The following photographs are rare in that this is the first time that the water was this clear inside the Toilet Bowl.  Without a mask, it will not look like this underwater in the Toilet Bowl.  Even with a mask on, I was unable to see the exit as clearly as captured in these photographs.

Toilet Bowl, whirlpool, underwater, fish, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, Arizona, AZ
Fish in the Toilet Bowl
Toilet Bowl, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs
Telford entering the Toilet Bowl through the underwater entrance.
Toilet Bowl, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs
Exiting the Toilet Bowl underwater.
Toilet Bowl, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, waterfall, whirlpool, Arizona, AZ, Rex Kuhn, Rex E. Kuhn
Everything came out alright 🙂

THE GREEN POOL

Green Pool, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, waterfalls, Arizona, AZ
The Green Pool of Fossil Creek

There is something for everyone at the Green Pool.  There are 10-foot cliffs to jump off, small waterfalls, fish, underwater exploring, an upper pool, a lower pool, and an Olympic-size, reed-lined pool with a downed tree to swim under.  The Green Pool is a fun place to enjoy with just your friends.

We saved the Blue Cove for last.

THE BLUE COVE

Blue Cove, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs

The Blue Cove at Fossil Creek

Blue Cove, underwater, fish, Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, Arizona, AZ
Telford explores underwater near the entrance of the Blue Cove
Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, Arizona, AZ
Swimmer under the surface of the water in the swimming hole at the base of Fossil Creek Falls

We played at Fossil Springs/Fossil Creek Falls for about four hours.  My kind of Fall.

 

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