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Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2012
Hiking6.20 Miles 2,192 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.25 mph
2,192 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
1st trip
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Hiked up with a group of volunteers to restore Davey Gowan's grave site. Met up with the group at the TH. Bill Gibson and Preston and a few others were already there when I arrived. After getting general game-plan Kingsnake(Preston) and I hiked the first mile to the staging area where all the posts and crossbeams were while Bill G. would wait another 40 minutes to pick up any stragglers and then he would drive them to the staging ground.

The day could not have been better we decided as we hiked. Sunny but nice and cool temps. We got to the staging ground and used the cordage Bill G. supplied to tie the beams into bundles. There were 12 beams which we initially were gonna take 4 each between the two of us but then Jeremy and Chris(?)(They read about this in the Roundup) showed up and we decided to take all 12 split 4 ways, so 3 each. This left 6 posts for the rest of the group to carry in.

We had two guys, not associated with the restoration pass us, though we were keeping pace with them. Jokingly I asked them to stop us if we missed the grave site. Oddly enough I was looking for the grave on the wrong side of the trail and Preston was had his eyes glued to his footing so we did pass right by it. True to their words those to gentlemen were waiting in the creek bed to tell us that we missed it. We turned back and were amazed that we were able to miss it.

Preston and I made good time considering our load finishing the next 2 miles in about an hour. Most impressive was Bill Gowan and another lady who's name I forgot (Patty?) between them they split 6 posts in their packs! If I had to guess they took about an hour too, coming in only 15 minutes behind us. I apologize that I can't give you everybody's names and their due credit but I am sure Bill should have the honors anyway. One lady who I would later find out hikes with the Payson Packers, found out about this at 7:00 clock this morning after hearing about it on the radio while laying in bed and decided that was what she was doing today. Our youngest member, true age unknown, was a visiting Georgia belle on her first Arizona hike. Jeremy and his friend were indispensable and were some post hole digging fools! I don't have an exact count of everyone but at least 12-14 people all together and in 1.5 our job was done.

The whole group, shy Jeremy and friend who had left a few minutes before the rest, hiked back to the staging area where Preston and I opted to hike the last mile to the TH. The others piled into Bill G.'s pickup and drove out. Not sure about the timing but we arrived back at the TH just as they arrived in the pickup. We all reminisced a few and then everyone parted ways.

Truly had a great time. Thanks everybody for making hard work a lot of fun!

I got a few pics with our new upgraded zoomable camera. I am ready for my next Coati sighting!
Named place
Named place
David D. Gowan
The Tree of Understanding, dazzling, straight, and simple, sprouts by the spring called Now I Get It. - Wislawa Szymborska, "Utopia"

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