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Frustums - #1 - #2 - #3, AZ
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Frustums - #1 - #2 - #3, AZ 
Frustums - #1 - #2 - #3, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2017
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking8.79 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking8.79 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   3.10 mph
250 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
 
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I drove to the western end of the Maricopa-Yavapai shared county border, to locate three frustums.
Frustums #3, #2, and #1 were the last three, west of Wickenburg, on my list. With these three in the “located” column, I only have two more frustums, (out of a total of 31) to hike to, and those two will have to wait until conditions are correct.

(FYI - Maricopa/Yavapai county boundary monuments are in the geometric shape called - frustum).

I also located each frustum’s associated benchmark, plus an assortment of other non related stuff in close proximity to the monuments. For example, Yuma County also set a huge, 6-sided frustum out there in 1918. Of course now - That ‘Yuma monument’ represents the county border of La Paz county.
In my planning, trying to sort out ‘what monument relates to what disk’ etc was a bit confusing, as the surveyors gave some of these artifacts ‘double duty’. Plus some of the data on some of the datasheets was totally inaccurate, making things even more difficult to figure out. I was finally able to sort out all misleading info.

My GPS track is 50-50 drive and hike, as I had to hop out of the car three times, along Aguila Valley Rd to locate all this stuff. Aguila Valley is flat and thinly vegetated, and hiking through it is very easy. The valley is bordered by the Harcuvar Mtns to the north, and the Harquahala Mtns to the south.

While hiking to an azimuth mark, I saw alot of animal tracks in the semi soft sand. I also saw an inordinate number of active ant hills, some with winged ants leaving the nest.

While driving out of the area, I had some friendly, domestic horses greet me on the road. It appeared that one of the horses wanted to jump in the car with me.

As I mentioned above, my last two frustum hikes will have to wait awhile, as I need a forest road to reopen for one frustum hike, and I need to ‘ford’ the Verde river for the other. With all the rain we’ve had lately, fording the Verde won’t be anytime soon.
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