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Reed's Water, AZ
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Reed's Water, AZ 
Reed's Water, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2013
tibber
Hiking11.45 Miles 1,784 AEG
Hiking11.45 Miles   7 Hrs   44 Mns   2.38 mph
1,784 ft AEG   2 Hrs   55 Mns Break
 
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Finally got a free day... well made a free day to get out in the Supes. I PMed Kelly since Monday might be a free day for her too and then we asked John and Jack and it was a go all the way around.
We met at the TH at 8:30 (traffic was heavy coming from N Phoenix all the way to Peralta Road), put our boots on and hit the trail. It was a slightly breezy morning which was nice. There was a big crowd ahead of us (they stayed on the Dutchman Trail). We encountered 8 others on the 108 trail (from the 104 Junction to the Ranch junction).
Once at the Ranch Junction, it is such a wonderful experience to look up and down Barkley Basin and simply admire it :D . Just before Ocotillo Hill, Kelly took us over to the wooden/wire corral. I had not been there. It is really an extensive corral and recently used. There were 3 different kinds of salt licks (don't recall us having choices back in the day but what a good idea!). After gathering up some pictures (Jack likes corral shots), we didn't have far to go to reach our destination.
We were wandering around at Reeds Water and then we heard the sound and got to see the windmill turn with the gust of wind. How cool! I took some video of the various times the gust of wind would move the blades.
And then I swear I just turned my head for a second and when I looked back at the windmill, John was already on the second level making his way up. And of course, his climbing partner had to give it a go as well. However, when she started to climb it, the windmill really started to go. I decided it makes a sound like the whales in the ocean.
Kelly thought it would be nicer to have lunch over by the dry creek bed in Randolph Canyon. This turned out to be the perfect choice. After lunch, Kelly and I took a quick scenic walk down the creek (there is a little video of it) and then back along the trail while John and Jack went their separate ways climbing around.
Since we had to be back at the TH as I had a meeting and Kelly had to work, we left around 1:20. We stopped a few times to simply enjoy the moments or to photograph the moon (especially above Castle Rock) and of course the apparently beloved bullwinkle saguaro.

At the TH, we enjoyed Pat's wonderful cookies and beer (Pumpkin Spice and A&W ;) ) before heading to the Red Sage for dinner. I just love driving Peralta Rd when it's so nice out. I roll down my window and let Tonto go as fast as we can (SAFELY of course).
The service was great but the food arrived late in spite of me ordering it to go. I was 1/2 hr late for the meeting but I made it which was a good thing as one of the gals I had lent my bear spray to this summer was there and I finally got it back.


Here's the video at Reeds Water including of the singing windmill and the climbers and a walk down the dry creekbed: http://youtu.be/x-uHJPL2f2E?hd=1
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