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Arivaca Explore, AZ
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Arivaca Explore, AZ 
Arivaca Explore, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2017
GrottoGirl
Hiking2.02 Miles 674 AEG
Hiking2.02 Miles   2 Hrs      1.35 mph
674 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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One of my great pleasures is to explore Arizona and all it has to offer. While often this involves grueling hikes, crawling through the dark, or rappelling down cascading waterfalls, there are times it just might be a drive with short hikes. This trip was a joy even if I didn't earn my dinner with a lot of exercise.

We started off driving through a lush part of the Desert southwest. Lots of Mesquite trees lined the creek beds. The area we were in had hills and small mountains in contrast to the Sky Islands that surround Tucson.

First up was an anomaly in the desert! Apparently, some mock tanks were left for target siting practice for the Air Force. It does help one imagine what it would look like if radicals were able to militarized the borderlands. It's a scary thought! But in general, I felt lighthearted as I climbed up on top of the flimsy structures.

We stopped at different mine sites and saw many windmills along the way. Imagining what life would be like to have lived back when this area had been active.

We drive pasted an abandoned ranch house that had some artwork painted on the walls. Someone had tried to steal them by cutting the plaster but you could tell that it had just damaged them.

Soon we embarked on the hike that was the reason for us being in that area. I didn't feel quite motivated, I think it was from worry that maybe this wasn't the correct spot. However, I had done a few hours of research and my time had paid off. After a couple of false summits we reached a flat peak that had rocks covered with petroglyphs!!! They were amazing Hohokam writings from over 700 years ago.

Near the petroglyphs was migrant trash. And in a few spots on the rocks was some graffiti. There were some spiderweb type scratching that seem different that the petroglyphs and I am assuming they, too, are graffiti.

With our goal accomplished we finished up our adventure by seeing one last mine. There were two tunnels near where we parked so we explored them. One ended quickly but the other had ore chutes, ladders, and a bat. We deemed it was a good enough adventure and it was then time to head back to Tucson for refreshments at St Michaels.
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