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mini location map2021-06-18
4 by photographer avatartoddak
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White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 18 2021
toddak
Canyoneering12.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Canyoneering12.00 Miles   9 Hrs      1.33 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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Figured WCC would be one of the few coolish places available today - it was, gorgeous as always, creek flow was a little down from normal but the spring at HG seemed to be pumping out the usual cold, clear water.

I knew about the Backbone Fire but assumed it was too far away, but by late afternoon the sky to the south was solid dark brown and steady sprinkles of ash were coming down. As I headed out I met @Peter_Medal coming in for the weekend with 3 companions. Later driving towards Camp Verde they had closed Hwy 260 eastbound, at which point I realized Backbone must have exploded today. I stopped at the Prescott ranger station and let them know about Peter's group, they said Backbone was approaching 10,000 acres and they were worried about Strawberry and potentially crossing over 260. Thoughts and prayers for all those in the fire paths and for all our firefighters.
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