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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 17 2014
writelots
Backpack6.00 Miles 200 AEG
Backpack6.00 Miles2 Days         
200 ft AEG
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Sirena and I wanted to get away during one of her breaks from the busy river season. She'd been craving an Aravaipa fix, and it'd been a while since I'd seen the "Grand Canyon of the Sonoran Desert" in it's summer glory. So she got us permits for a Sunday-Monday trip...we'd be the only folks in the canyon that night. Of course, that's probably because we're the only ones crazy enough to backpack into a narrow canyon during monsoon season, but whatever...

We arrived in the afternoon, counting on a rainstorm to come in and cool things down for us at some point. Unfortunately, the storm didn't materialize until it was nearly dark, so we were HOT on the hike in. We also counted on the water to keep us cool, but found immediately that the caramel-late colored liquid we were walking in was not only silty, it was warm as well and moving too quickly to enjoy causal floats in the larger pools. So, we were HOT and there wasn't much relief. Oh, and the banks were slick and slippery - so we tried to keep to the benches whenever possible. It was like solving a puzzle backwards - usually I'm trying to keep as close to the river as possible, this time, we were trying to keep out of it!

The mosquitoes weren't as bad as I anticipated, but we were ravaged by ants everywhere we stopped - including our camp. Once again, the glory of the hammock was not lost on me. I even got to show off my mad skilz with a one-tree hang. The upside of our high bench camp was a fantastic view of the iconic pour-off on the canyon wall above us.

We didn't hike far, and we didn't get to float, but we still had an awesome time in the canyon. We saw lots of critter prints in the slick mud, and startled a very young baby deer who was impossibly cute as it tried to decide how to best avoid us. I think monsoon season is the canyon's "selfish" time - kinda like when a mom sends the kids to Grandma's and sits on the couch to eat a pint of Ben and Jerry's by herself... No one's gonna bother her, and she can revel in her own secret beauties. I loved being a witness!
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