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Merritt Draw Short Loop, AZ
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Merritt Draw Short Loop, AZ 
Merritt Draw Short Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2016
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking3.20 Miles 653 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
653 ft AEG
 
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Randy and I went for a short loop hike over to Merritt Draw from Camp Grasshopper on FR139C to stretch our legs after sitting in camp spinning yarns for half the day. We took the short cut over the top of the ridge which goes through a cell phone hot spot. Once in the Merritt Draw meadow we walked at a leisurely pace up the draw stopping to check out the remains of an old stream gage and the now defunct solar powered electric fence riparian enclosure. I pulled the old trick of grabbing the wire by the electric fence sign and going into shock convulsions but Randy wasn't buying the act - funny, it fooled my grandkids last time I was here.

Then it was back over the ridge to FR139C which we followed back to camp. A medium sized Mercedes Benz RV pulling a trailer with a side-by-side ATV came down the road - first time I've seen a rig that large this far down FR139C. They stopped to ask where we were camped and were disappointed to find out we had already staked out the Camp Grasshopper site - said we had gotten the best camp site along that road. Evidently they have frequented that camp site before. They went on down the road and came back out a few minutes later - not sure where they found room to turn that thing around. We got back to camp just in time for the late afternoon happy hour. Unfortunately there was no Grasshopper there with his usual spread of snacks.
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