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West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108
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2010-11-02
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Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking Nov 02 2010
cactuscat
Hiking8.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.00 mph
200 ft AEG
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After a quick breakfast at chilly Cave Springs Campground, I arrived at Call 'O The Canyon a little after 9 a.m., pleased to see plenty of parking spaces available since it was all full when I drove by the previous afternoon. Went through the usual pre-hike ritual, geared up, ... and found that I had forgotten my camera back in the tent - my camera, of all things! Luckily I was camped close by, and after a hasty drive back up the hill, I was once again ready to hit the trail around 9:30 ...
This was the first time I have done this hike during the peak of fall colors, and it did not disapoint! I think that that much beauty - all those gorgeous colors, the sound of the creek, plus the sunlight flickering through the trees and the leaves falling all around - could be seizure-inducing. It was almost too much to take.
Of course, there were a ton of people - but who could blame them all for flocking in to experience the spectacle - and therefore the only animals I saw were one squirrel, one chipmunk, and one acorn woodpecker, and a few lizards ...
Met some friendly, happy people along the way - along with a few unfriendly jerks.
Chatted a bit with the handsome, polite young man from the Forest Service who was chopping up a big tree that fell across the trail near the end. Took a photo of him at work, but I forgot to change my settings for the day's only action shot, so it came out blurry.
Made it to the end of the official trail, and waded/tip-toed along the edge a little further to enjoy my lunch in privacy.
Word of thanks to the few people who I saw with leashed dogs ... don't understand why it seems to be so hard for the majority of dog owners to follow the rules!
Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
Wildflowers Observation Light
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How To Put Out a Campfire
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.
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