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by big_load
Apr 17 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5808
Views: 172398

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

It's been a crazy few days in NW NJ. The high Saturday was 82F. The high Sunday was 37F. There was ice on the roads early Monday morning before a 4" downpour with tropical storm-force winds and temps increasing to 60F. It's in the mid to upper 30s right now, about 20 degrees too cool again. Big swi...
by big_load
Apr 17 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5808
Views: 172398

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

It's hard to fathom. We had snow again in NJ this morning. March was almost uniformly 10F below average, and April is closer to 20F too cool. It may hit the 70s this weekend, though. ETA: Now they're saying we could hit 80. It doesn't seem real. We've barely cleared 45 so far. It's been a crazy few...
by big_load
Apr 15 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Haunted canyon/ Tony's ranch
Replies: 14
Views: 511

Re: Haunted canyon/ Tony's ranch

Tough_Boots wrote:He's the last person I would believe...
Well, apart from Dutchman stuff, anyway.
by big_load
Apr 14 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Haunted canyon/ Tony's ranch
Replies: 14
Views: 511

Re: Haunted canyon/ Tony's ranch

I can believe that no one found the entrance to the cave. There are a lot of partly-filled holes out there. More than a few of them are bear dens or home to other large critters. Here's one in that general vicinity, probably an old prospect, but now somebody's home: https://hikearizona.com/photo.ph...
by big_load
Apr 12 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Haunted canyon/ Tony's ranch
Replies: 14
Views: 511

Re: Haunted canyon/ Tony's ranch

@Hikertrasharizona
[ Cave of a Thousand Eyes a.k.a. Moraga cavern ]

FWIW, I couldn't find it. I'm not sure I'd believe anyone who says they have, except for Tom Kollenborn.
by big_load
Apr 10 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: C.C. Cragin closed indefinitely
Replies: 9
Views: 314

Re: C.C. Cragin closed indefinitely

azbackpackr wrote:I don't find many good places to paddle when I'm summering up in Flagstaff.
There's always good flow along the curb on Rt. 66 when it rains.
by big_load
Apr 10 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5808
Views: 172398

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

100° Welcome to PHX. Summer is here. It's hard to fathom. We had snow again in NJ this morning. March was almost uniformly 10F below average, and April is closer to 20F too cool. It may hit the 70s this weekend, though. ETA: Now they're saying we could hit 80. It doesn't seem real. We've barely cle...
by big_load
Apr 03 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Road Conditions
Topic: I-17 & I-40 Flagstaff area construction summer '18
Replies: 12
Views: 294

Re: I-17 & I-40 Flagstaff area construction summer '18

azbackpackr wrote:Construction will begin April 2
Are the dates on those signs more reliable in AZ than elsewhere? We're lucky if they're within a year of the actual start.
by big_load
Mar 24 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Poems & Literature
Topic: Exploring The Superstitions - Annerino
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Exploring The Superstitions - Annerino

SuperstitionGuy wrote:six hundred visitors
I bet it was a just as hard on residents as visitors. I've been trying to guess how many died in a similar interval, say 1180-1280.
by big_load
Mar 24 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Political
Topic: Whoa, whoa is our plight!
Replies: 18
Views: 696

Re: Whoa, whoa is our plight!

azbackpackr wrote:
Mar 24 2018 5:17 am
@chumley
@Alston_Neal
Thanks! Big party last night, good times! ! They actually put 65 candles on my cake, and I blew them out with one giant puff.
Has it been that long since your last big birthday? Time sure flies. Happy Birthday!
by big_load
Mar 24 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Poems & Literature
Topic: Exploring The Superstitions - Annerino
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Exploring The Superstitions - Annerino

cactuscat wrote:
Mar 23 2018 10:33 pm
SuperstitionGuy wrote:And where does this claim that 600 visitors have died in the supers? Is he counting the memorials of peoples cremated ashes that have been scattered or buried out there as well?
Native Americans.
Depending on when the count starts, it must be a lot more than 600.
by big_load
Mar 22 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5808
Views: 172398

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

We're dug out again in NJ, having topped four feet of snow over the last 3 weeks. There was another storm forecast for Sunday, but the pattern may finally break. The sun was out today, too, which was really nice. I could use some red rocks and cactus.
by big_load
Mar 16 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: HAZ - Member Related
Topic: Chapel of the Holy Dove made safe by burning
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Chapel of the Holy Dove made safe by burning

azbackpackr wrote:Oh! I've passed it many times. Thought maybe it was a restroom...
That's what I though the first time I passed it.
by big_load
Mar 11 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: I LOVE MY REI DIVIDEND!
Replies: 181
Views: 9140

Re: I LOVE MY REI DIVIDEND!

outdoor_lover wrote:REI's Chandler Store is terrible...
I don't like it so much, either. I miss the Tempe store. I'm more likely to shop in Flagstaff or Tucson.
by big_load
Mar 11 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: What's your least favorite?
Replies: 42
Views: 1517

Re: What's your least favorite?

I would also put Flatiron on my list of "least favorites" for some of the same reasons. Maybe I was just having an off day, but I was disappointed when I got to the top and saw a view of.....Apache Junction. I can get nicer city views on closer, less populated, and less strenuous hikes. I was less ...
by big_load
Mar 11 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Death Valley Favorite reopened after closure in 2008
Replies: 1
Views: 137

Re: Death Valley Favorite reopened after closure in 2008

I kind of wish they had left it dangerous, but I understand why they didn't.
by big_load
Mar 10 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5808
Views: 172398

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

Fortunately it should be nearly all rain here, but parts of upstate NY could get a couple feet of snow. Unfortunately, the rain/snow line wound up ~30 miles south and east of the original estimate, so we'll have a heavy, wet foot of snow. We're a little over halfway there now. We did get a foot out...
by big_load
Mar 08 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: What's your least favorite?
Replies: 42
Views: 1517

Re: What's your least favorite?

interesting, I choose the Bluff roller coaster vs returning through monotonous Barkley Basin if possible I always do, too. I love how it looks, but I guess was too tired one too many times. I've had that feeling about other trails and eventually got over it. I had to take a break from the long, win...
by big_load
Mar 08 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: What's your least favorite?
Replies: 42
Views: 1517

Re: What's your least favorite?

For me it's just part of a trail: the stretch of Bluff Springs Trail from Barks Canyon to the Peralta TH. It's been the last leg of too many long days, especially when it unseasonably hot.
by big_load
Mar 02 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless weather chit chat
Replies: 5808
Views: 172398

Re: Mindless weather chit chat

azbackpackr wrote:
Mar 02 2018 2:17 pm
@big_load
I LOVE hearing that as I sit here in my little RV by the river, wearing my summer shorts and flip-flops! :D
It's rotten snow, too, not even remotely suitable for skiing.

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