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13 by photographer avatarWilliamnWendi
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Indian Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2013
WilliamnWendi
Hiking0.50 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles
150 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Fun little trip that was noteable for Wendi's legs, up to her knees, getting sucked into some quicksand. We thought it would be nice to walk along side the cool waters of the Agua Fria when it happened that the sand bar gave way. With some effort I was able to break her free of the suction but her shoe required more effort still. Carefull on the sandbars. Along the hike in we saw cormarant fly in and forage in a shaded calm waters, shopping for groceries. We were impressed with our destination. The ruins easily still held up the memories of what life must have been like, even bearing in mind that Lake Pleasant wouldn't have been there, it wasn't hard to imagine waking up to the views of the Fria.
It was awhile before we realized we weren't alone on the Mesa. Another group was on the far east side of the Mesa, they asked for assistance with a photo-op, I obliged. After they made their way down, we sat down for lunch. While we ate another group on 2 side-by-sides drove up on the road in, then to our bewildered amazement they tried to drive up the steep trail, finally the vehicles couldn't get traction
and they gave up after about 75' from the road... not sure how much exercise it saved them, but to each his own. It was on that note the headed back to the exit.
We kept to the high ground on the way back and found a trail along the northern bench. Nice hiking, coming back for sure.
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