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Chiricahua National Monument, AZ
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Chiricahua National Monument, AZ 
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The Chiricahua Mountains were hammered with serious heavy rainfall this past weekend, so I just had to make a trip over there to see some of the aftermath. There was a big rainfall event in July as well, but this 2-3 day period was even heavier. After checking out things along West Turkey Creek, I made my way north to hopefully drive over the mountain on FR 42 to Portal. Information on road conditions was spotty, but I figured it likely would be problematic. After what I saw along SR 181 from Turkey Creek Road to the Junction with SR 186, I decided to bail on the over the mountain drive. So, it was on to Chiricahua National Monument for a visit. I knew from their social media posts that the storms had wreaked enough havoc to close the road past the campground up to Massai Point, but it wouldn't hurt to stop at the visitor center and get the latest information. After nice visit with the rangers, I backtracked to the Bonita Creek Trail parking lot (close to where I saw the coatis) to enjoy a cold one and do a little photography, as new storms were building/encroaching.

It was absolutely amazing to see all the water. Every major creek had strong flow (down from levels during the events of course). I am so glad I decided to go see things, even if I really couldn't go very far. :D This indeed has been a summer to remember! :y: Heck, even driving through Texas Canyon was special with all the green. :)

Coati Time! [ youtube video ]
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
In places extreme, especially the summer vines :o
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