: Google Earth area overview photos-
On the prowl again with Eric in another scenic, remote, and rugged section of our Sierra Ancha Mountains
13.3 miles drive in from the intersection of Hwy 188/Pumpkin Center.
At home for months I had been viewing these above linked Google Earth images of Peak 5525 (with its interesting cliff areas) and viewing in person from a distance on other area exploration hikes with Eric. I just had a good feeling about this location being prime for some ancient Salado Indian Ruin sites and even more interesting some possible cliff dwelling finds. I kept prodding and we finally had this one on the calendar
As my picset will confirm, on this 12/10 exploratory loop hike we located three areas where evidence of ancient Salado Ruins foundation structures once existed with no cliff dwellings noted but of course there is no way to know what we might have overlooked on this adventure due to time, overgrowth, and the rugged terrain constraints. I departed the area this rewarding day thinking there must be more up there..??
A filling and reasonable priced dinner meal with a bottomless- ice tea glass/lemon/sugar container at the casual and historic "Butcher Hook Restaurant" in Tonto Center (located 5 miles from the north end of Lake Roosevelt) sealed another excellent day of remote day hiking and ruins exploration
PS- I contributed to "cyber" Monday sales this year with an early approval from Santa for a new, smaller, but high tech loaded pocket camera, "the Canon S95" which replaced the S90 and was replaced in Aug'11 by the new Canon S100. Some respected camera reviewers label my new S95 to be the "second" best pocket camera in the world.. If so, and on its first outing with me today, it is obvious to me that I still have a lot to learn