|Hiking||8.68 Miles|| 9 Hrs 13 Mns ||1.91 mph|
|2,764 ft AEG|| 4 Hrs 40 Mns Break||18 LBS Pack|
|As Jack Nicholson said, in the movie "The Shining" ........
I also said to Drinkwater Peak, when I finally got up there ............ "I'm Baaaack !!!!"
If you couldn't care less about benchmarks on mountain tops, do not refer to my previous triplog on Drinkwater Pk. Boredom and glazed-over eyes will set in immediately.
Here's the link ----- http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=23604
One quote from that triplog however is
"I vow to come back and look one more time, after I do a bit more research."
Well, I did more research and I did come back. And - I did have success.
(WOW - I sound quite dramatic - after all it was just a hike. )
I first searched for the missing (or not found) reference mark #2 for McDOWELL RESET Triangulation Benchmark. After receiving guidance from a more experienced benchmark hunter, and using the datasheet info, plus some logic, I successfully found exactly where Reference Mark #2 was installed by the surveyors. The actual disk is gone, but after moving some rocks and debris, I found the "bore-hole" that the surveyors drilled to place the disk, plus that bore-hole area had remnants of the cement they used to secure the disk. Good for me. That mystery is solved.
Once I got done taking about 10 photos of that tiny bore hole, using all different camera settings, I moved on to find where the actual survey benchmark disk was installed back in 1924. (In 1935, surveyors replaced the 1924 "pried-out" disk with a new one,... ergo the use of RESET)
It should be easier to locate, now that I know where both reference marks were placed, and it was easier.
After some measuring, and moving some rocks that were clandestinely hiding the actual boulder outcrop that the surveyors used for mounting, I dug a bit, brushed sand away etc, and voila - another bore hole was in sight. Obviously, that triangulation benchmark disk is also gone.
The vandals that stole the two disks must have cracked that boulder outcrop into sections to get the disk out. Gee - I hope they're proud of themselves.
Anyway, after even more photos of this bore-hole and the surrounding area, I said good-bye to Drinkwater Pk and the two bore-holes, I hiked back to McDowell Pk and said good-bye to the sole inhabitant (the solar-paneled antennae), and left the area very satisfied.
Jack Nicholson would be proud!
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|