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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2013
tibber
Hiking9.90 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles
200 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Ambika got the permits for our almost annual trip for Aravaipa fall color. She invited a few folks as did I. I watched the forecast as the temps started to drop and seriously considered abandoning the trip. I expressed this to Miss Wendy and with her artful persuasion and without calling me a wimp :lol: , she made me decide I should come.

We ended up with a great group all meeting up at the Nature Conservancy Ranch House on Friday evening; some of us sooner and a few of us way later [-( . Fortunately, Ambika, Mia and me were the first to arrive at the house. We had a nice less than four hour drive from Gilbert to the Ranch.


The next morning we all got up, not early, no need, too cold and had a leisurely breakfast before preparing for our day hike down the canyon. Despite the chill in the air and the frost on the ground, we were all raring to go. And, of course, you have to cross the creek right off the bat but there weren't really any "yelps". We got a quick geology lesson from Wendy as we headed down the canyon.

The fall color was limited but the hike is always rewarding. We kept moving, especially in the shade and there was quite a bit of that. When we did stop it was usually in the limited areas of sunshine. We criss-crossed the creek many times. Some people stopped at the cave toward the beginning of the hike, we stopped and observed the entrance of Parsons Canyon, we walked by the campsite just outside Hell Hole and then headed for Booger. We made pretty good time.

Todd would wander all around and eventually we would leave Ambika, Wendy and Mia behind. Not sure what they were all up to but after waiting for a few moments from time to time, we just kept forging down creek. We observed a big hole in the rock above us. You could see part of a saguaro through it 8) . Todd and I figured out how a person could climb up to it but kept going. As we got to the other side, that route up to the hole would be a piece of cake.

We made our way up into Booger Canyon where Karl found us the perfect lunch spot next to a waterfall :D . It was in the sun so that is where we basked and ate. It was so nice. After lunch a few of us ventured further up the Canyon and goofed around on the rocks before heading back down... got to do some slip sliding so that is always fun.

We made our way back while Karl and Kathy headed down to Horse Camp Canyon. I was still into movie mode and taking pictures. I also like to stay as close to the Creek as possible so we got split up. And per usual, Diane and Todd would wait for me despite me saying for them to go on.

We eventually hooked back up with Ambika, Mia and Wendy. Wendy hung out at Hell Hole area and Ambika and Mia had gone to Booger but not up to it so we missed them. Mia was gimping with knee problems but she kept a smile on her face as we made it the next mile back to the vehicles.

We ended up with 7 in Ambika's car including 4 in the back seat. The car was parked at a bit of a slant so when Wendy went to open the downside door, the girls all about slid out :sl: . We tucked Ambika in the cargo area with all the packs and then made the 3 mile drive back to the Ranch House. It was a fun ride.

We all couldn't wait to get in the house to get off our wet pants, shoes and boots. And then happy hour began in earnst. We had all sorts of good things to eat and drink including Todd's 2 different home brews with mesquite and honey and the other with a CA grape of some sort :DANCE:

Yep, another great Fall :FG: hike at Aravaipa. Maybe with not quite the color but certainly with great company and we lucked out with the weather. And that nite, in mid-morning the coaties played outside our window... noisy little things.

The next morning the rain wanted to come down and on our drive out we ran into some snow flurries so our timing was indeed good.


7 videos (had to make up for no video on my McDowell/Drinkwater Peaks hike ;), plus I was hiking with lots of folks so wanted to make sure everyone was a star). And NOW, presenting for your viewing pleasure, instead of movie nite, it's youtube nite featuring Aravaipa.
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