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Spur Cross Live Nativity Loop, AZ
mini location map2014-12-07
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Spur Cross Live Nativity Loop, AZ 
Spur Cross Live Nativity Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2014
chumley
Hiking5.99 Miles 981 AEG
Hiking5.99 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   2.55 mph
981 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Despite the no- :pk: disclaimer, when Lee texted me and asked if I wanted to go on sunset hike, I was a little :scared: . So I brought Clairebear along too! :)

The plan was to enjoy the scenery in Spur Cross before checking out the amazing 62nd annual live Nativity performance at the Conservation Area.*

The road was lined with paper bags on fire, and we drove over as many as we could to try to prevent any catastrophic wildfire in the desert. Some nice ladies from church yelled at us saying things that probably aren't biblically approved. :oops:

After a nice loop in the mountains, we returned to the trailhead in the dark like three wisemen with headlamps. I strolled up on Mary and curiously questioned her virgin status while Blanco and Cup harrassed the sheep. Apparently fotg had forgotten the leashes again. ](*,)

Most of the folks were drinking coffee and hot cider, but nobody really looked at me too strangely as I sauntered through with a Devil's Ale in my hand. I grabbed a few photos before heading back to the truck where I heard something about kidnapping some kid in swaddling clothes. [-X

On the drive out, we nearly killed three kings on horseback. That woulda probably ruined the night for Bob Hutson, the soothing voice who was emceeing the whole event.

Despite the distractions of the season, it's a pretty nice area that I'd never been to before. Perhaps we'll have to come back next year!

: rein :

*Portions of this tale may be fictionalized.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Cottonwoods just beginning to turn in Cave Creek

dry Cottonwood Creek Dry Dry
Dry at the crossing marked on the map here. Some small pools upstream possibly from rain this past week.

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Trough is full, and water is dripping from the spring source up the canyon.

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Not quite dry, but not even dripping. A trough of just a small puddle, mostly dirt.
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