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Mesquite Sump - Again, AZ
mini location map2021-08-28
13 by photographer avatarHikerWill
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Mesquite Sump - Again, AZ 
Mesquite Sump - Again, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2021
HikerWill
Hiking3.52 Miles 127 AEG
Hiking3.52 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   1.35 mph
127 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
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I have been looking forward to finally getting some time and weather to push myself.
AND/BUT
Woke up Friday with a stomach bug and was worried...
Wanted to head back to a balanced rock and cave that I've passed up a couple of times.
Woke up today feeling about half and decided to go for it.
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Short story is that I didn't make it this time either.
There was too much water to just keep walking and ignore it.
Stomach was still oogy BUT/AND I found a shortcut past the Sump that cuts off a steep hill.
Took a couple of side canyons and poked around small ripples and pools.
There are still tadpoles in the shallow sandy pools.
The rain has obliterated the road. abut 100 yards of it is now the stream bed,
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Flutterby
The butterfly kaleidoscopes were amazing.
I'm so glad I took a side trip. They were everywhere.
Every step I took down one stream sent hundreds of them fluttering all around.
Then I found a dead deer and wondered if they were carnivorous butterflies.
Still, an amazing sight.
It was like the air was constantly moving with them,
Even when I got back to the road they were all over the place.
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The last side trip took me on a short cut to Fresno canyon.
I'm glad I took this short route because I heard some of those 4 wheeler things buzzing along.
By the time I got back to the road they had passed.
Back at Peck Canyon there were more and one was coming down into the canyon.
Last time I was out that way I found a broken tow rope... I'm betting someone got bogged down in the gravel,
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A few hills to climb but nothing too terrible.
Back before noon and beat the storms.

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