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Fossil Springs Trail #18 - Fossil Creek
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Fossil Springs Trail #18 - Fossil CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Backpack avatar May 08 2009
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Backpack8.75 Miles 1,785 AEG
Backpack8.75 Miles2 Days         
1,785 ft AEG
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Writelots "Wendy" was kind enough to be my guide on my first overnite backpack. Let me initially say, "you all make it seem a lot easier than it is". What a difference between a day pack and overnite pack (mine was 28 pds coming back).
On Friday nite we met up with another group of hikers (they headed down before us) and hit the trail (altho there were moments when I really couldn't see the trail due to darkness) at 7:30pm . It has a pretty good decline here and there. The weather was lovely and we did have the moon behind us for a bit of the hike along with the charming voices of all those frogs.
We finally found the rest of the group around 9:45ish. Wendy set up her hammock and then we set up my tent. We were right by the creek so it was nice to have my cat naps throughout the nite with the wonderful sound of the water going by.
The next morning we headed west past the dam to a swimming hole Wendy had been in during her trip last August. The swimming hole is not nearly as deep but it was a beautiful area nonetheless. Her dog jumped in and swam across the creek several times (last year she had to carry her). We just walked back and forth a couple times taking pictures.
We then headed back to the dam where we climbed down to the pool of water on the south side. It was great fun trying to swim in the up current generated by the falls. Wendy even rapelled down the falls... way to go!!!! while we sat along the pool of water and cheered her on. We were lucky to have the pool of water to ourselves :DANCE: for nearly 20 minutes as the hordes of others had moved on. Fossil Springs had no shortage of human life.
Next we made our way back west and down to the cave. We walked over to the cave through the water and then swam around in it before heading back out to a tree rope that you could hang onto and swirl around in the current. Other than a swim in the spring by our camp, that was our hiking/water adventure of the hike... oh, except when we crossed a stream to go get some water and I fell back in the water just after changing to dry clothes :cry:
We broke camp at 7:30am on Sunday and made our way up and out of Fossil Springs. It is a long haul normally but with a backpack, yikes. I am tired and sore but wouldn't trade the adventure for anything. Once again, I finally got to go to an area that I pined about for several years and thanks to Wendy and her other friends, they made it a most enjoyable and great learning experience. :)
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