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White Mountains Camping, AZ
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White Mountains Camping, AZ 
White Mountains Camping, AZ
 
Car Camping avatar May 23 2014
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Memorial Day Weekend Get Together in the White Mountains...Hmmm... :D I hadn't been to the White Mountains as a Destination for Recreation since I was 7...The only thing I remember about that Trip was Big Lake and kicking my big brother in the mouth in the middle of the night and having him beat the crap out of me for it... :sl:

I already had a larger Trip planned starting the following Wednesday so I was hesitant, but threw in the Towel and just went for an even larger Trip... :D No way was I going to drive up there, back to Phoenix, then turn around and drive most of it again two days later, so I packed for the long Haul... :sweat: The Plan was to go up Friday, and stay through Monday and leave for my other stuff Tuesday Morning...Thus commences the White Mountain Trip and as Steve dubbed it, "campfreezeyourpumpkinoffaz" without the Filter... :sl:

Day 1
The Drive up was uneventful, leaving Phoenix mid afternoon with an awesome 80 Degrees. It got more interesting as I drove up the Rim. By the time I hit the White Mountain Apache Reservation, it was getting pretty Cold and Stormy. I chased a Rainbow about 5 Miles out from the Sunrise turnoff and then watched the Skies turn darker and darker. I arrived at Camp to find a few Vehicles, but there didn't appear to be anyone around, which I expected, as Green Peak was mentioned by the guys earlier. It was Windy, Cloudy, trying to Snow, and very Cold and I was still in Shorts and a T-shirt. I hear a Voice and Kathy emerges from one of the Vehicles. I walk over to find Angela and Liz huddled in the same Vehicle wrapped in Blankets... :sweat: I started to hurry to find some Sweats in my Vehicle and all of the sudden the Sun broke through and I was running out into the Meadow still in Shorts, trying to get a few Photos... :sweat: Todd, Karl, John, and Bruno showed up shortly after and some of the Crew departed for a warmer Residence in Town, while the rest of us bundled up and tried to stay warm. Steve showed up later that Evening and got set up...The Skies cleared completely over the Evening making it pretty cold..

Day 2
The Town Crew showed up and most of them departed for the Baldy Hike...I knew better than to think that I could do 15 Miles at this type of Elevation, so I had planned a little Exploring...(Separate Triplog) I arrived back at Camp later that afternoon to more Snow Flurries. A couple of Master Brewing Beards had arrived with a pure White bundle of Energy...I talked with Jon and Pat while Daisy provided the Entertainment... :lol: The Baldy Crew arrived a short time later and more fun, food and drink commenced. The Weather once again cleared off, for another pretty cold night...

Day 3
I had decided to do the Thompson Trail on this Trip and since the others were doing it as well that Day, I at least started with them...(Separate Triplog) Once again, Cloudy and threatening most of the Day, but it really never got with it Weatherwise and it turned out to be a great Day...Got back to Camp behind everyone else and made some quick Dinner. And then a Surprise, Scott and Rincon show up! Very cool to see Scott again, glad he could make it after his Hikes earlier in the Weekend...Headed out to the Meadow when there appeared to be some promise of Color and then back to Camp where it started to Rain lightly...We all ended up under Steve's Canopy having a pretty good time for the Rest of the Evening...Lots of Laughs kept everyone warm along with a Brew or two, or three or... :D

Day 4
Scott wanted to do Green Peak, so I decided to join him and Rincon for this short, sweet Hike...(Separate Triplog) I said Goodbye to everyone that I thought would be gone before I got back. After the Hike, Scott and I parted ways and he headed for Home as well...I went back to Camp after a small Detour and Photoshoot, to find that everyone was gone already by Noonish...It was amazing, the Transformation from a bunch of Tents and Vehicles, to nothing but the few things in my Camp...It was almost eerily quiet, with the exception of the Wind that was picking up some Speed...But, the Weather was actually the Best that it had been all Weekend with just Puffy Clouds. The Wind made it Cooler than it otherwise would have been, but it was good! Did another small Hike out of Camp a little later and then just relaxed around Camp the rest of the Evening...I fell asleep after listening to a Wolf howling in the Distance across the Meadow...I would be leaving this Place in the Morning for other Destinations...

Despite the Weather, it was a really nice Weekend with Good Company! It was nice to see everyone again and catch up on all the News and laugh the Nights and the Cold away...Good Times and a great Start to the Rest of my Trip! Thanks for the Fun everyone! :D
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