|Backpack||19.00 Miles|| || |
|500 ft AEG|| || || |
We did a 3-day backpack with Desert Lavender in Aravaipa. Since it was an easy backpack we carried in a bit more stuff than usual...
When we got out of the cars on Saturday it was already over 90 degrees. We quickly got down into the creek bed so that we could splash through the water to keep ourselves somewhat cool. We stopped several times to play around in the water. I've always been a fan of floating in pools, but this time I discovered that I could float along the creek for a short stretch. We also found one pool that was deep enough for jumping into off a ledge about 10 feet up the canyon wall.
Around Javalina Canyon we came to a wall to wall pool. I had brought my pool floatie, so I blew it up and away I went. The others found a ridge that they could walk and carried their packs over their heads. A bit further upstream there was another larger pool in which I treated the same way while the others climbed up over some rocks along the edge.
When we got to camp we were all very hot. One of the crew had packed in "frozen" margaritas that were still very cold. We all practically chugged the drink down! Within a few minutes it seemed like we were all a bit tipsy from tequila. The tequila didn't help with dehydration. I ended up with a headache that didn't leave me until mid-morning the next day. Note to self - water, not margarita - when it is over 90 degrees!
The second day we did a short jaunt up Horse Camp Canyon and Virgus Canyon. We also wandered up Aravaipa Creek past Booger Canyon. While journeying up the canyon, I kept noticing pine cones. "Where did those pine cones come from?" It seemed odd at first but considering Aravaipa is a major drainage in the Galiuros it make sense that the pine cones came from up higher in the mountains.
Two of us had carried in the bags from a couple of boxes of wine. So, the last night we worked on finishing them. We had so much that we had to go over to the neighboring campers to see if they needed any. Luckily, they took a couple of glasses. Not only did we have wine but we also had cupcakes. Joel and I steam-baked 4 cupcakes and we split them in half so everyone could have a treat - yum!
On our way out today, we were blessed with clouds and breezes. It was a great way to end a trip!