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Nov 17 2020
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Byous ButteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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This was a planned just "Get-Out-Of-Dodge" day to relax some in the outdoors and to reminisce at one of my (for many years) most popular areas to vehicle group camp in the early Spring, Christmas, New Years, and off-trail hike explore. Through the years including this day trip , I have been here a total of 20 times :o
Lots of memories! [ photo ]

Unfortunately for hiking today, it was a mid-November record breaking heat day at the Byous Butte area. The whole area on the drive in is presently extremely dry with some previously torched areas which was very disappointing to see.

With the unseasonable hot temperatures today with full sun exposure, our off-trail, required route finding navigation skills to summit the first of three Byous Butte Saddles at 3333 feet lost it's appeal very quickly :(

So after a short .5 mile off-trail hike in and back to my old campsite area for better views of Byous Butte under a small, minimal shaded mesquite bush, BLK and I opted for lunch and more reminiscing of better times.
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Oct 05 2020
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West Bear Canyon (Minimal Autumn), AZ 
West Bear Canyon (Minimal Autumn), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2020
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Hiking2.40 Miles 240 AEG
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Well, HAZ @outdoor_lover did this same hike on 9/29 and reported back almost no Autumn Colors :( I was planning an 8 day / 7 night camping/hiking trip starting Wed-9/30 from a little further down FR300 and had planned one day to include this hike as one of my primary choices to score prime Big Tooth Maple colors.

So, being the over-the-top planner I am, I delayed my hike here almost a full week to hopefully assure :FG: Oh well, still a beautiful, peaceful, and enjoyable day and location to hike!
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Should be Prime Autumn Big Tooth Maple Colors ~from the week of 10/12-10/18
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Oct 05 2020
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Mogollon Rim Viewpoints Loop - via 300D-300LPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking2.80 Miles 270 AEG
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On an 8 day / 7 night area vehicle camping and Autumn hiking trip, these two track roads and off-trail scenic Mogollon Rim Viewpoints hike, is an excellent add-on hike choice when also planning a dayhike to adjacent West Bear Canyon.

It should be noted that two track roads FR300D and FR300L that access this area from the intersection of FR300/FR398 are no longer legal to vehicle drive.
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Oct 04 2020
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 Scottsdale, AZ
GH C-Site to Merritt Draw Riparian-Merritt Spr, AZ 
GH C-Site to Merritt Draw Riparian-Merritt Spr, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2020
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MY third and short hike of a seven night / eight day Mogollon Rim Autumn Camping trip down FR139C. Hiking from my campsite, it's always a good choice on an extended week trip, to visit scenic and usually quiet, peaceful "Merritt Draw Riparian Area" to include a short hike to reliable, perennial Merritt Spring.

HAZ- blk and I hiked back to camp from Merritt Draw Riparian Area to be greeted by HAZ- Oregon_Hiker [ photo ] for some wild tales from his just completed over two weeks of adventures, hiking and vehicle camping in the Colorado high country in prime Autumn. He camped with us for 4days/3nights. We did two area day hikes together on 10/5 and we both exited for home on Wed-10/7/20.
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Merritt Draw Merritt Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Dripping Dripping
This visit, reliable, perennial Merritt Spring was actually more than dripping, was seeping outside of the Spring Box;
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Oct 03 2020
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Upper Bill McClintock Draw (Autumn Colors), AZ 
Upper Bill McClintock Draw (Autumn Colors), AZ
 
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:FG: We Scored Big Time :D
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Oct 03 2020
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Upper Buck Spring Canyon (Autumn Colors), AZ 
Upper Buck Spring Canyon (Autumn Colors), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
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.. Sun 8) Required ..
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Sep 30 2020
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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For me, like for many of us, it's been a long, hot, and sometimes frustrating Summer'20. I did manage to get-away back here in June of this year which was good, but my grand plans for a week trip back in August just did not allow.

I do enjoy our Autumn Season :FG: on the Mogollon Rim and during this season I have not camped here for a number of years. So, my next camping window plan was for this late September into the first week of October to hopefully take advantage of some Big Tooth Maple colors and some much cooler day-night-morning temperatures at 7400 to 7700ft.

My planned normal 3 hour & 15 minute, 126 mile drive-up on Wed-9/30 (for 7nts/8days stay) started a little "iffy":
(good thing I was on the road before 7am)
.. Lost 25 minutes being stopped by the Salt River Reservation Police for driving the wrong way in a construction zone and driving 37mph in a 25mph zone :sweat: .. fortunately, I scored only a warning ticket;
.. Lost 5 minutes on Hwy 87N to Payson due to construction at the Mount Ord area;
.. Lost 20 minutes North of Payson due to having to wait for the assigned ADOT Pilot car for the Hwy 87 one way lane Blacktopping all the way to Pine;
.. Knowing better with a HAZ forum topic posted on FR300 road maintenance, I decided to drive the Rim Road (FR300) for the needed 26 miles instead of continuing on Hwy 87N for the additional 18 miles to FR95 for the back way in (I drove about 10+ uneventful miles in on FR300 and suddenly met driving the opposite direction on a one way section, three HUGE semi-type gravel trucks :o Fortunately, I only had to back-up about 100 yards to connect with the intersection of FR141 (which I knew eventually connected with Hwy 87, but I had no idea of the extra mileage nor where on Hwy 87 it connected. As it turned-out, this FR300 mistake cost me one additional hour drive and an additional 35 miles to my campsite). I should have arrived at ~10am but did not arrive until after 11:30am. I finished putting-up Camp Grasshopper just before sunset :D

It was unseasonable warm for the first week of October at 7435ft elevation. The coolest night-early morning was 37F with most periods in the mid to low 40F. The days were unseasonable highs as well in the mid 70F to low 80F..more like early-mid June temps than early October but still beautiful and welcomed!

Also, I was pleased to have HAZ members and friends Oregon_Hiker and longtime hiker/camper/member, lurker blk join me for some days of this enjoyable 8 day stay. I/we did five short area hikes with two of which- Upper Bill McClintock Draw and Upper Buck Spring Canyon having extreme, prime Autumn Big Tooth Maple colors :FG:
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Upper Bill McClintock Draw, Upper Buck Spring Canyon, and End Section (from FR300)- Houston Brothers Trail;
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Jun 14 2020
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Merritt Draw Loop (Middle) - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2020
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Hiking3.50 Miles 373 AEG
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This was my last of two days hiking, of a planned 7night/8day (6/10 to 6/17) Vehicle Camping / R&R trip.

If already in the area or not, this is a very enjoyable, relaxing, scenic, easy to off-trail navigate, short loop hike (2 to 2.5hrs to complete). It includes hiking on some lesser-used open and closed to vehicle traffic Forest Road, an old Logging Road.

On this loop, hiking within the green, lush Middle Merritt Draw to view two of the three fenced-in Merritt Draw Riparian Areas. This hike goes by historic, Perennial, Merritt Spring Box Source, and also hikes by at least three other Middle Merritt Draw perennial, unnamed Spring sources. All Spring locations are waypoint detailed on this Hike Guide, "Official" posted Gps Route.

I hope my posted picset with detailed captions and tag notes will entice some to give this awesome hike, family friendly, a try! Lots of open space for the kid-O's to run and tire enough to almost guarantee a quieter drive home.. :rollH:
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Merritt Draw Merritt Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Merritt Spring Dripping Dripping
Minimal water seepage present but within opening of old constructed cement Spring Box, enough water flow present to secure with a filter that has a longer tube.
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Jun 12 2020
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Lower Buck Spring from Cabins, AZ 
Lower Buck Spring from Cabins, AZ
 
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From a 7 night/8 day Mogollon Rim vehicle camping trip, R&R get away at 7435 feet, first hike day and number one of three short area hikes to check-out some local Perennial Springs.
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Lower Buck Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lower Buck Spring Dripping Dripping
Less than a Quart/minute flowing out, but under Spring Source "Cement Covering" is a full H2O catch basin.
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Jun 12 2020
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 Scottsdale, AZ
FR321A TH to Dane Spr to U-Bar 28 to Off-Trail, AZ 
FR321A TH to Dane Spr to U-Bar 28 to Off-Trail, AZ
 
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Hiking0.70 Miles 133 AEG
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From a 7 night/8 day Mogollon Rim vehicle camping trip, R&R get away at 7435 feet, first hike day and number two of three short area hikes to check-out some local Perennial Springs.

This is the quick drive route way via the FR321A Parking/TH Start to access the U-Bar Tr 28 at Perennial Dane Spring above middle Dane Canyon. This short "out and back" hike goes to perennial Dane Spring, then continues a short distance past Dane Spring, ~.125 mile down the U-Bar Tr #28 to the recommended Off-Trail waypoint location to access a well established Elk Route to enter down into Dane Canyon Drainage.
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Dane Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Dane Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
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Jun 12 2020
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FR139G TH to Aspen Spr and McFarland Spr, AZ 
FR139G TH to Aspen Spr and McFarland Spr, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2020
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Hiking2.90 Miles 315 AEG
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From a 7 night/8 day Mogollon Rim vehicle camping trip, R&R get away at 7435 feet, first hike day and number three of three short area hikes to check-out some local Perennial Springs.

At Perennial "Aspen Spring", this hike connects with Houston Brothers Trail #171 and continues up trail for ~1 mile to the recommended "off-trail" waypoint location (see my posted Gps Route) across Houston Draw for the short access to Perennial "McFarland Spring" and recommended Backpack Campsite area.

A very pleasant and scenic out and back short dayhike with history too!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Aspen Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max McFarland Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
First time I have viewed this Perennial Spring with as much as a Gallon/minute flow.
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Jun 10 2020
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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My overall favorite AZ area campsite to be during the Summer months of June-July-August. It had been a long overdue full year since my last planned Vehicle camping / hiking / R&R trip here.

Like for many of us, this past four months period, March'20 through June'20, has been a difficult period to go through with the AZ Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions/risks to deal with. During this period I also had a few planned and unplanned medical procedures, issues to recover from, so this planned 8day / 7night (6/10 to 6/17) trip back to a favorite place to unwind was high priority.

This June'20 week visit I decided to stay until the ice melted and/or the water ran out :) I was fortunate that Oregon_Hiker (Larry) surprised me with a three night visit and some extra ice and water to share upon his departure which would guarantee me at least my planned 8 days. We also hiked one day together to check out a number of the closer Cabin Loop area perennial springs. Another day I did one other recommended, nice, short, loop hike [ Merritt Draw Loop (Middle) - Mogollon Rim ] from camp and will soon post triplogs and picsets for all. Gps Routes have already been posted for these hike days 6/12 and 6/14.

I much enjoyed this long overdue week visit escape to 7435ft with enjoyable early morning temps from 40F to 54F and daytime temps never over 80F 👍 I did do just a little wilderness Camp GH cooking as well (see picset), which for me is always great therapy with my only disappointment being that my 8 days away here went way too fast.



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Mar 06 2020
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Hilltop Fortress at Hidden Creek, AZ 
Hilltop Fortress at Hidden Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2020
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Hiking3.30 Miles 785 AEG
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This was a HAZ-MountainMatt find that sparked Oregon_Hiker and my interest for a hopeful visit. From Matt's previous HAZ posting, another ancient full circle, walled, hilltop ruin site with awesome near and distant views and numerous artifacts to view :)

It was a nasty and rough secondary road forty-five minutes for a 1.4ml 4WD in from the primary road. We decided to park at an available saddle area (for vehicle turn around) .5ml from road end, prior-to crossing a wide, perennial Hidden Creek. This was my first planned flowing creek crossing in a long time where there was no near opportunity to cross the creek by just hiking over some rocks above water. Fortunately our alternate plans to cross the creek ending with dry socks and dry boots to change back into went well, but I am not a fan of the logistics and extra time required to successfully do so. This particular hike out and back was worth my extra planning effort!

As Larry and I were enjoying this ancient site views and construction, I mentioned that I could not find for viewing any of the previous, various site artifacts that our MountainMatt had posted in his original photoset :-k Larry pulled his smartphone and having a cell signal, he sent a text to Matt asking where within the site were all the artifacts located?? Matt soon replied back stating that he had viewed all the artifacts along the banks of "Hidden Creek".. guess we did not ask enough questions prior-to our visit :) It was still a great day out and a very enjoyable visit to a lesser known ancient ruin site.. Thank you MountainMatt!
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Feb 20 2020
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Central Arizona Wilderness Roam, AZ 
Central Arizona Wilderness Roam, AZ
 
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This remote Central AZ exploration, details courtesy of HAZ-MountainMatt, was a first time area visit for me. With some shared information from Matt, Larry and I planned to explore two different parts of the state which included a whole lot of planned driving miles for our day events.

Our 1st visit- Drive ended with the longest, roughest, strictly 4WD, 3.5 mile one way road I have been on in a long time :sweat: I'm glad that we were in Larry's FJ with his new BFG KO2 10 ply tires. At one point on the drive out, I mentioned to him that now I know when heavier, 10 ply off-road tires can add an additional amount of safety and security. On the drive in, we finally had enough of the slow 4-Wheeling and found the right location to park and start our off-trail, cross-country hike.

Our destination had awesome near and distant Rim Canyon Views where the Ancients had constructed a sizable compound which we estimated to be maybe as many as fifteen dwelling rooms. Lots of rocks and walls that had now mostly fallen victim to the centuries past. The Ancients came here for the views with fairly convenient water access and.. stayed.

Our 2nd visit- On our continuing long driving day, we headed to another one of MountainMatt's finds, an interesting, ancient pictograph detail. We only had a road name and a general area location for this one, so we spent some time trying to locate the exact location within a large boulder field rock outcropping area. After no luck, we finally gave up and headed back to our vehicle but just in time, a friendly area resident saw us hiking up his road and stopped his vehicle to point out the exact alcove/overhang location of this illusive pictograph panel. It was a worthwhile hike and visit back up.

It was a long driving day, another fun, rewarding, and fresh air exploration thanks to @MountainMatt .. and ..fortunately for me, my vehicle was parked at an "In-N-Out Burger" so I had something additional to look forward too :)
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Jan 31 2020
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Tonto Basin Explore #1, AZ 
Tonto Basin Explore #1, AZ
 
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The week before (on 1/24) Oregon_Hiker and I explored in from the Pumpkin Center area with success. For this next week we had located a couple of interesting areas to explore a little further South within the Tonto Basin area. Fortunately, HAZ-MountainMatt was available to join us for this full day of exploring.

We had two short but all off-trail hikes planned in this Tonto Basin area. For me, this first morning hike was the more demanding of the two, with more difficult and steeper terrain to hike, but offered rewarding near and distant area views and confirmation of ancient Native American History at our destination :D
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Jan 31 2020
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Tonto Basin Explore #2, AZ 
Tonto Basin Explore #2, AZ
 
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We had two off-trail hikes planned South of the the Tonto Basin area for today to explore some new areas.

This hike was number two for the day and the one I enjoyed the most with excellent short and distant 360 degree views and was most enjoyable because it was mostly all up hill on the way in with downhill on the way out :)

After a pleasant blue sky day of hiking with the additional reward of visiting another ancient, Native American site with Larry and Matt, Oregon_Hiker (Larry) and I stopped for a second time in the past two weeks at the historic Butcher Hook Restaurant [ image ] in Tonto Basin for a late lunch 👍
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Jan 24 2020
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Mistake Peak RidgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking3.20 Miles 1,129 AEG
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This lesser known ancient Native American ruin site was located on Google Earth by HAZ- ssk44 back in April'19. It is located off Hwy 188 in from Pumpkin Center, AZ, and required crossing Tonto Creek [ photo ] which is always flowing at various seasonal water levels and CFS rates: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/az/nwis/uv/? ... 0065,00060 (view the Hike Guide "Driving Directions" for creek crossing guidelines).

To the off-trail Park/TH Start for this hike requiring an 89 mile one way drive from my residence for a 3.2 mile roundtrip hike meant that I have to love ancient ruin hunting and off-trail bushwhacking / route finding or else it would never be scheduled.. Oregon_Hiker and I do enjoy it, so we finally scheduled it :D

It was a good weather day and a good hike destination with some much needed Tonto NF exercise and also for me, some much needed fresh air. My last hike (walk) was a 7 miler at Disneyland, CA, the "Happiest Place on Earth" 12/27/19. Among the masses of people there, this was the closest I have been to being lost in a long time :sweat: and absolutely no fresh air.

As with most remote, ancient Native American ruin sites, even if one does not find stellar construction still standing and various artifacts to take pictures of, the near and distant scenery for most all these site locations is always worth the effort of a visit. This once approximate eight room dwelling was no exception and another rewarding ruins visit for me 👍

I had promised Larry an interesting end to the day with a hardy country style dinner menu at the historic "Butcher Hook Restaurant and Saloon" [ image ] off Hwy 188 in Tonto Basin, AZ. I had a bottomless ice tea with a (real) long tea spoon 👍 , endless sugar in a large pour container 👍 then my main entre was a fresh tossed salad with thousand island dressing, an 8oz breaded chicken fried steak 👍 with mash potatoes and fresh chicken gravy 👍 yellow corn, and buttered Texas toast 👍 It was a great choice and the only thing we forgot to buy and bring to really feel more at home here was the latest 2020 red Rep Baseball Cap. Maybe for next time or maybe not..
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Dec 31 2019
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Grasshopper's Kitchen Route - NYE 2019, AZ 
Grasshopper's Kitchen Route - NYE 2019, AZ
 
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On most yearly NYE Days and definitely on an AZ cloudy, windy, cold, and wet ones I enjoy going to Sprouts Farmers Market on December 30th and buying some of most every available fresh soup vegetable to make a large 10 quart pot of "Vegetable Soup" on NYE Day- Dec 31st.

I always begin on December 30th pm with at least 2 hours of vegetable prep for overnight in the refrigerator. Late morning of NYE- Dec 31st I prepare a soup base of water, a large container of liquid chicken stock, two ham hocks, and many other spices including two bay leaves, fresh graded garlic, black pepper, chopped red/yellow peppers, chopped white onion, and chives.

This 2019 NYE I started cooking at 10am and was enjoying fresh veggie soup at 12:noon. I always compliment my soup with heated corn tortillas/butter :) .. Now ~ten quarts of wonderful, fresh NYE 2019 veggie soup and only me over for lunch..lol
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Oct 29 2019
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Reynolds Crk Tr - Center Mtn Tr Short Loop, AZ 
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On my recent 10/23 to 10/30 (7night/8day) vehicle camping-hike exploring trip to our Sierra Ancha, this was my fifth and last planned day hike. This short loop started out from the Reynolds Creek TH which was another short ~2 mile drive from our [ Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha FR235-C/Site#1 ] .

A little over a week earlier @joebartels had projected the Reynolds Creek Trail #150 to have possible prime Autumn'19 foliage colors :FG: So, Oregon_Hiker and I planned this trail as our last day hike. It was an enjoyable short loop hike with substantial Big Tooth Maple colors and with the Reynolds Creek Trail #150 having had recent trail maintenance made for an even more enjoyable day outing :)
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Reynolds Creek Falls - Sierra Ancha
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Oct 28 2019
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Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha FR235-C/Site#2Globe, AZ
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Oregon_Hiker and my planned Mon-10/28 exploratory hike passed by my small tent camping site up from the Billy Lawrence TH at the end of FR235. I originally camped here for a week period in May'13. The Sierra Ancha Wilderness near and distant views and sunrises are to die for at this choice camping location. One should also expect a few ATVs and side-by-sides driving by this dead end two track if one remains in camp during the day.

For anyone else who might be interested in considering this high clearance, 4WD only one tent campsite, I thought it might be a good idea to update the campsite area with some revised pictures and here they are :)
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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