This was my second trip in 2 weeks to Aravaipa canyon. How lucky am I to have a good reason to go twice. I was excited to come back especially with my favorite hiking partner Pam. This was her first overnight backpack trip and I was happy to accompany her on it.
We arrived at the trailhead around 0900 and started out for the area near horse camp canyon where I camped last week. Along the way we stopped to swim and cool off take pictures of the landscape. Pam took many pictures of the weeds that had flowers on them. We got to see a bald eagle but it was too far and too quick to get a picture of it. I also noticed a larger number of squirrels on this trip maybe they were more active or maybe I was just paying attention to them more.
As we continues along we noticed some fish ponds that were built and figured they would make nice swimming holes to come back to later. We arrived at the site I stayed in 2 weeks prior and to our luck it was open. We made camp had some lunch and relaxed a bit till the sun was no longer directly overhead. Then we hiked back down to the ponds to do some swimming and take pictures of some more weeds.
As the sun was starting to set the moon was also beginning to rise we headed back to the site made some dinner I broke out the 2 Frozen Margaritas I brought and we enjoyed a cocktail and the night sky. Shortly thereafter I was running out of gas and went to bed.
During the night I was woken up by a Pam saying some choice words about something biting her. Then it happened again. I thought she was nuts at first so we slowly emptied the tent and eventually found the scorpion that was attacking her. I ended up harpooning it with a stick and removed it from her tent. The rest of the night was uneventful.
The following day we ate breakfast checked out the entrance to horse camp canyon and then decided it was going to get hot and we better start moving to the trailhead. We made a few stops along the way to cool off and arrived at the trailhead around noon.
The trip was great thanks so much for the company Pam you are a great hiking partner and friend.