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Temporal Gulch - AZT #4, AZ
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Temporal Gulch - AZT #4, AZ 
Temporal Gulch - AZT #4, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2019
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Hiking3.56 Miles 301 AEG
Hiking3.56 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.30 mph
301 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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a three-day weekend and this was the start with a drive to 4/5 TH to drop one vehicle and then the drive to Tunnel Springs which was not the easiest and involved several water crossings. The hardest part was maneuvering Shawn's truck in that tight space by the spring trough so that we could leave it comfortably off the road.

And now to hike in Gardner Canyon where the water was running; always a treat. And even cooler is I wore my city hiking shoes and my city waist pack. I felt like a different kind of hiker out there today. The first time I've been able to city hike on the Arizona Trail. The hike was on the road here and there for awhile before it finally verged to a single track where we ran into the creek that is not named. We spent a little time here enjoying it before continuing on.

Turns out, this is an interpretive trail so we would stop to read the signs and think about the history of the area. Shawn even did his Karl imitation but went beyond the pale as he had to climb into a tree to retrieve a double mylar balloon. I got some video of it altho I cut off the top part as I forget my camera squishes the frame.

The trail appears to be in pretty good shape and affords some nice views when you look around. We only encountered a few other people but they were on the road and in vehicles. The unwinding of the shuttle takes a little time because the road is not in the best of shape and there are water crossings involved.

We headed over to The Cafe in Sonoita for a wonderful lunch and tried a new bottle of wine. It's like the Ball and Chain except they use a different grape so it was lighter. I think it was called Spooky Tina. Our afternoon in Patagonia was nice as we walked around above the Stage Stop Inn. We watched the moon rise and the sun set; all were beautiful.

Forgot to add that I became one with the trail when I did a face plant. Luckily I only got a scratch on my face and one very bruised knee. But for some reason my triceps hurt pretty bad for a couple days; guess they took the brunt of the fall. And no, I was not filming.

Video 1 Tunnel Springs to Stetson Dam [ youtube video ]
Video 2 Stetson Dam to Gardner Cany TH and our later afternoon in Patagonia [ youtube video ]
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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