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mini location map2012-07-19
5 by photographer avatarOutlander
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BMGR East, AZ 
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2012
Hiking15.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   10 Hrs      1.88 mph
500 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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The mission was to spend a day walking a East/West track in Area B of the Barry M. Goldwater East Range.

Being July, it was quite hot out there and I was unable to put forth my best effort. One innovation was to stuff my water bladder with ice cubes and wrap it in Styrofoam. It worked great and I felt really stupid for having waited so long to try the idea. The ice water kept my body core temperature at a reasonable level, or so it seemed.

The long expanse of flat desert from I-85 to The Well That Johnny Dug has few sights or things of interest, other than the Tucson, Cornelia and Gila Bend Railroad. It is an old railroad line that used to service the mine in Ajo, moving passengers and freight until the mine's closure in 1985, lasting over seventy years.

I did find a couple of hand-dug wells out there in the wasteland, along with a bighorn sheep horn. It was surprising that the sheep were so far down in the flats. There are a couple of game waters in the area but I knew not where to look, as my contact in the AGFD dried up. Shucks...

There is a lot of activity in the BMGR right now regarding a proposal to eradicate the non-native Sahara Mustard weed from the range. The Air Force had a public hearing last week, and will accept correspondence from the public until July 30. The weeds can be either pulled by hand or killed with herbicide, spraying them manually and with aircraft. I do not think the chemicals will do the job, as any farmer can tell you that plants with deep tap roots require repeated applications. The seeds of Sahara Mustard are viable for up to five years, so the program will have to last at least that long.

I submitted my idea of using inmate or indigent labor, and paying a cash bounty for each plant removed, with workers bringing their day's haul to a collection station at the gate. (my two cents)

I like the fact that the military is getting the public involved.
Water Well

dry Slovan Well Dry Dry
No water here. The windmill has been pulled down.

dry Well that Johnny Dug Dry Dry
It has water deep down the pipe, if you can find a way to drop a water bucket down there.
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