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Blue Ridge Reservoir Boatpacking, AZ
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Blue Ridge Reservoir Boatpacking, AZ 
Blue Ridge Reservoir Boatpacking, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Aug 09 2019
jtaylor
Backpack10.00 Miles
Backpack10.00 Miles3 Days         
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We've been daydreaming about this trip for at least 10 years. Gary and I fled town just a little before Preston, but the timing worked-out pretty well and we were all launched before noon. The pre-scouted "chosen" spots were taken, but as often happens, it was a blessing in disguise. We found a hidden spot away from the crowds and enjoyed solitude all weekend. We owe our lives to Preston again (okay, maybe just our sanity): He brought a 10'x20' tarp and rigged-it just before a gullywasher nailed us good for a solid hour. True to his Eagle Scout roots, Preston took advantage and filled his 40L dry bag with some damn fine drinking water. In the meantime, we hydrated on various alcoholic libations. Actually we did this all weekend.

After the rain, a nice fog set in. Gary contributed to the life/sanity saving by bringing ligher fluid and we got a fire started (a huge benefit to boat packing is not having to sweat the weight/bulk much). Dinner was Italian sausage and fettuccini alfredo for Gary and me; grilled quesadillas for Preston. We hit the hay relatively early and all slept like logs, maybe because of the fog?

Next day we set sail for the dam, where we collected plenty of spices and gold (fine, firewood) and returned to camp for additional libations. (Gary and Preston both had ice chests, again saving lives and sanity. I just took all weekend.) Properly inebriated, Preston guided us up the trail a few hundred yards to the Battle of Dry Creek Monument, which was very cool. Dinner that night was steak and potatoes for Gary and I, and sandstone grilled quesadillas for Preston.

It was hard to leave the next morning, but we dragged ourselves away rested and restored. Gary and I headed back down the hill and Preston embarked on further adventures. It was another d*mn fine trip and I am sure we'll be back!
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