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Aztec Peak, AZ 
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Scenic Drive avatar Jul 18 2010
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Decided to drive up to the Sierra Anchas and camp in one of my favorite areas. I camp fairly often along Workman Creek, but I had only camped once before on top the mountain, back in 1987. So it was time! Got up there Saturday afternoon and set up. Then walked up to the tower for the obligatory visit with Red. They had been hit Friday night with a storm that dumped more than an inch of rain at the tower, but lots of lightning had started some small fires, most of which were kept at bay by the rain and humidity. Storms Saturday night stayed east and south of the mountain, but I was treated to a good lightning show. Quite breezy throughout my time up there, as many thunderstorm outflow boundaries were bouncing off the mountains and rim like pinball. Very light showers occurred Sunday morning, but in general it was just typically warm and muggy. In the morning, Red's chubby dog, Roper, visited me twice looking for a breakfast handout, but I didn't have anything for him. So he just made the rounds, peeing on trees to let the bears know who's the boss.

Before leaving, I loaned Red my copy of Eileen Moore's "Standing Watch: The Fire Towers of Arizona." He will enjoy it I'm sure.

On the way down the mountain I hiked over for a visit with my mom and reflect on life at Peterson Meadow (spread her ashes there in 2001). Such a beautiful place. She's running with the elk now, as well as slowly making her way back to Phoenix. :)

As I neared Globe driving back to Tucson Sunday, there were new lightning caused fires visible in the Pinal Mountains from Saturday night's storms.
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