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Southern Huachucas, AZ
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Southern Huachucas, AZ 
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Scenic Drive avatar Jul 01 2012
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After a great night of camping at Sycamore Campground along West Turkey Creek in the Chiricahua Mountains, I decided to take the long way home and hopefully link up with some fellow hikers who had camped in the Huachucas Saturday. Initially I considered joining them, but since I just did Carr the week before, I opted for the Chiricahuas. Wendy's group had planned on hiking the Ida-Oversite loop Sunday before heading over to Sunnyside and home. So while sitting around camp Saturday evening, I was trying to figure out about how long it would take me to drive over through Double Adobe, Bisbee, Palominas, through Coronado Memorial, and over to the trailhead where I thought they would be hiking.

I had my morning coffee and something to eat, took some photos, and was on my way. I spent a little time driving around Warren trying to find the old house near the ballpark where old friends once lived. Stopped in Palominas for gas and more ice and then it was on to Montezuma Pass. I was really enjoying heading westbound from the pass, as it had been a number of years since I drove that way toward Sonoita. It must have been around noon when I headed into Oversite Canyon. I wasn't that familiar with the road, so wasted some time figuring out the two trailheads at the road fork after the old D'Albini Ranch. Talked with some Border Patrol guys and they mentioned they had seen the folks I was looking for go in there. When I found no cars, I figured they had not done the hike and had moved on. My plan was to wait at the cars for them to finish the hike and then head over to Sunnyside with them. No to be. Turns out I was about 2 hours or so behind them. I had never been to Sunnyside before (has always been on my to do list), and finding it was a bit tricky, but I finally did. Wendy's group wasn't there either, so I decided to just take my time and snoop around Sunnyside. It was pretty hot while I was there, but storm clouds were brewing over the mountain and I could hear thunder.

As I was leaving Sunnyside it started raining and it got pretty heavy by the time I made it out to the main road. That added some excitement! :) By the time I got to Parker Canyon Lake, it was really cutting loose. I drove through the campground as the wind, rain, and lightning had campers scrambling! Good stuff. I knew I better get out of there pretty quick as there are a lot of serious wash crossings to contend with between there and Canelo. At least it's paved now compared to the good old days!

Though I didn't get to surprise my friends, it was a fantastic day seeing old and new things (and monsoon madness is always a plus). :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma0r_dVsZ_k&feature=plcp
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