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Terkey Beever Wander, AZ
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Terkey Beever Wander, AZ 
Terkey Beever Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2016
chumley
Hiking10.81 Miles 1,673 AEG
Hiking10.81 Miles   5 Hrs   11 Mns   2.55 mph
1,673 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
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After hearing that the maples on the rim were turning way ahead of normal, I decided it would be fun to go check out some new areas. I put together a crazy track that bounced from one colorful grove to another knowing that the (might-as-well-be-a-wilderness) Turkey Beaver Wildlife Habitat is full of great cross country travel, easy ridges, open draws, and an absolute multitude of old roadbeds from the wayback machine that would make getting around pretty easy.

I'm not sure what to say about the colors. Some are done. Some are prime. Some haven't even considered starting yet. I think next weekend will be great. And the weekend after. It might still be good in three weeks in some places. It's just so very odd based on my past experiences in this area. Nonetheless, there was an abundance of color and it was a great day to wander this non-motorized Wildlife Habitat.

Speaking of wildlife, we managed to see a huge elk buck but I wasn't able to count how many points or get a photo. Next we crested a ridge and spooked a BIG black bear. Not too much later, we encountered three more bears (a mom and two cubs) who scurried up the opposite hill from us. Not three minutes later we saw three bears AGAIN -- a mom and two cubs. Were they the same we had just seen? I can't imagine there are two moms each with two sets of cubs in such close proximity! Then again, what kind of bear with two cubs who runs from five people and a dog drops back down into a draw just 1/4 mile away? I gotta believe they were the same, but still seems odd to me. (Not to mention they were meandering up the hill when we last saw them, but would have had to run at a pretty good clip to be where we saw them next. They are certainly capable of that kind of travel, but it doesn't fit with what we saw of them as they scurried away).

So, anyway, next we saw two coyotes in the draw, with at least a half dozen huge turkey vultures above. Something smelled bad so I assume they were all feasting on a carcass of something nearby.

I asked some hunters what the season was, and was told it's turkey and squirrel. We didn't see any turkey, but there were a lot of squirrel.

Great day up here. I love this area, and I will be back for sure! :y:
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Gentry Spring Dripping Dripping
Not sure about flow. Springbox was dry and full of sediment. Plenty of water in muddy pools though.
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