Hi, I live in Eagar, and hike and bike and backpack all the time. And I usually xc ski in winter, plus I own snowshoes--but I don't snowshoe much because cross country skiing is more fun. However, I am spending this coming winter in Yuma, because my disabled husband can't take the cold any more. We are leaving here on Nov 2.
I belong to White Mountain Conservation League and TRACKS hiking club--they do some hikes. But I almost never go on their events. Mostly old people, and maybe not too much into the spiritual/outdoor connection. Maybe some of them are, though. Would be worth a try.
I also belong to the Arizona Archaeological Society, which meets the third Monday of the month at Town Hall in Springerville. I actually do know quite a bit myself about ancient sites, having discovered 5 previously unrecorded sites in the White Mountains, and having worked at Casa Malpais Ruins as a tour guide. I especially enjoy looking for petroglyphs. I am interested in the most recent archaeological research, also, so I attend some lectures occasionally, read a few books, have taken a few classes at NPC.
Maybe on my return in April you might enjoy seeing the petroglyphs at Sipe Wildlife Area near Springerville. If you go there on your own you probably won't find very many of them. The G & F dept. wisely keeps them protected by not telling people about them. They will direct you to a few along a trail, but the best ones are not along any trail, and require a lot of scrambling to see them. They are very interesting, spooky, etc.
My son knows a lot about plants, survival, Native American ideas, and how to live off the land, but he's based elsewhere in the state now. He spends most of his life sleeping under the stars, and gets paid for it, too, lucky guy!
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