|Late-Summer HAZFest 2014, AZ|
|Late-Summer HAZFest 2014, AZ|| |
Late-Summer HAZFest 2014, AZ
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|Never been to the Santa Maria Mountains before. The drive north of Prescott thru Williamson Valley is really something. The properties and the views and then getting to see the north side of Granite Mountain was pretty cool .
Though this was option B for HAZFest, it proved to be quite nice I think. It definitely had more sun exposure which up here in the pines is just fine by me. As you look around you see a couple foundations and Chumley even found a covered underground spring box. I found pottery and soon we saw lots of it; probably from a flume of some sort. I read that Camp Wood was the site of a cavalry post during the Territorial days. Also: According to United States Geological Survey Professional Paper: A road was built to Camp Wood where a sawmill was constructed around 1887 to obtain mine timber.
I got my tent set up and then Chumley rolled in. First thing on the agenda was to cut down a tree. It was a leaner and pretty tall. Well this was going to be interesting so I got the camera out and shot pictures and video. It was so cool to hear the tree thump the ground I had to repeat it three times on the movie production.
Mike (te-wa) rolled in shortly thereafter and then Cat. We got the fire going to keep away the bugs and as the night fell, it did get a bit chilly for me so having the fire is so pleasant. Lee and John and Kim had to detour around I-17 closure via Wickenburg as did James and Tia so they arrived after 9pm.
Sat AM we hung around until 9:30ish putting together our hiking plans. Bruce and Karl rolled in around 7:45ish to say hello before heading out on their 22 mile trek. Chumley took all but two of us to the N Apache Creek Wilderness TH. Once off of 95, the road to the TH was like driving a trail but Chumley got us nice and close. It was already warming up.
We had a wonderful hike while Chumley went off and did some exploring elsewhere. Tia and Cat hung back at camp. Everyone made it back safely to camp and we enjoyed libations and our dinners around a very nice campfire before Bruce and Karl arrived. Lee tried making smores with his Peeps and from what I could see, he was successful. Everyone had a pretty long day so we headed off to sleepy land around 10.
The next morning, James & Tia did a road trip to Bagdad, Mike headed home, Lee & Kim and the doggies headed back on Camp Wood Road to hike the 666. Cat, John, Todd and I did a short loop on Shivers and a hike up above Merritt Spring (awesome views!) before heading back to camp. We slowly finished packing up and hung out a bit before going home.
It was another great HAZFest! So much fun to hang out with everyone and listen to the stories.
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Here is the video: http://youtu.be/7Y9mEg4yIms
|For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination. |
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.