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White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 08 2013
chumley
Backpack4.60 Miles 785 AEG
Backpack4.60 Miles2 Days         
785 ft AEG
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After reading about Outdoor Lover's trip to the box last week, I decided it was time for an impromptu trip. Luckily, 9L is always at the ready and somehow Hippy got time off work :y: . Then I invited a couple of strangers at Boulders one night. Quite by accident the bearded brewers of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company and another Chandler brewery decided to tag along which seemed like fun.

As we were driving around on Friday night, lost and looking for a place to camp, I spotted a HAZ sticker on a Tacoma driving on FR144 and sure enough we roped in a couple of noobs to join us. Ok, not really noobs, just virgin "hike with anybody else ever" hazzers :). Ah, why not make it a party! Who cares that there's barely a spot for a single tent down there, nevermind room for a dozen! :o

So Saturday morning after the requisite 2-hour journey down the misery that somebody calls a road we dropped in and made our way to the gardens with a short stop at the box. There had to be a flood cause the box was full of logs and debris that made it a bit uninviting. But the rest of the creek was perfect.

We found a couple people already camped at the garden but our up-front obnoxiousness managed to chase them away within a matter of minutes, in search of another camp site upstream. :guilty: Smart folks. ;)

An afternoon, overnight, and next morning relaxing, swimming, exploring, fishing, cooking, and lighting the place up like Rockefeller Center at Christmas : rein : made for an excellent weekend.

Spent some more time swimming, jumping, and having fun at the various spots along the way out before climbing up the miserable hill and then dealing with that miserable road again. I knocked my front skid plate loose (that's what it's there for!) on one of my harder hits, and both a bottled and a canned beer exploded in the cooler. It's that kind of road. :doh:

Finished the day with a few quick rounds of target practice :gun: before heading back to the miserable heat down in the valley.

Good to finally meet Kyle and Vicky, and great to see Hippy south of Flagstaff :)

Updated with video: The entire weekend in 2 minutes! http://youtu.be/9T60aTsOzh4
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