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Border Stormin', AZ
mini location map2022-10-08
35 by photographer avatarRedRoxx44
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Border Stormin', AZ 
Border Stormin', AZ
 
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Wow, what a day. Driving along I was not too enthused then noticed all the cute little streams cutting across the dirt road. Suddenly I whipped a u-turn. That water was going into the area I had nicknamed Labyrinth. Found the road, drove to the end, and started out. The land lay in rocky funnels into a low area with boulders and cliffs. Soon I heard the wonderful sound of flowing water. The rocky walls had black streaks still wet with run off. Some small seeps and drips, some small ripples. Pools, starting to grow larger. I got into the main area of Labby and went downstream. I had been upstream before. Boulder chokes with big pools that soon I had to do the out and in to negotiate. The pools were not clear and some were deep ( when I am clinging to a tree branch and leaning out and my entire trekking pole and most of my arm goes in it's a no go if I am not waterproofed with the pack).
I made it thru several boulder sections and finally came to a big pool with no easy way around and came back. Then I went upstream some; delighted that the "heart" of Labyrinth coursed with beautiful pools and small gothic watery narrows.
Got lost going back to the Jeep, but oriented correctly once I realized I had come out westerly of the Jeep road. Then walked right to it.
Driving out ringed by huge dark clouds. I decided to go back on the Arivaca road, despite my misgivings and watching sheets of rain falling in the distance. Sure enough at Marley Ranch the bottom fell out of the storm. The car ahead of me wisely pulled over. I made it thru the wash, but it was raining hard, the storm was roaring and then it started hailing. The area of the Mesquite bosque was a river. I hit the flood head kinda hard in the vehicle; the wave rose up and over the Jeep, whiteout windshield for just a second. The vehicle did not falter and I kept it steady on the gas pedal, although visibility was poor. Just keep it in the middle of the road. Once out, I ran the hazards as much of the area was flooding although not that deep once out on the other side. At the checkpoint I could breath a sigh of relief and head on home. The Jeep is now very clean, upside. Another great hike and it just keeps on raining which is AWESOME!!!
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