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Oct 06 2021
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Tonto Natural BridgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2021
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Work retreat at TONA/Goodfellow Lodge.
I didn't stay at the Lodge because there weren't enough rooms for everyone, and I don't do roommates. Finally got to check it out though ... room 10 is the haunted one, where David Goodfellow died and at least one guest reported waking up to three child ghosts in the room.
Tuesday was nice and rainy, but the rain stopped by mid-afternoon in time for us to do an outdoor activity... I choose archery over geocaching, since I had never done it- it was fun.
Wednesday we enjoyed a hike in ideal weather conditions. We hit all the viewpoints, then down Gowan, under the bridge and up Pine Creek. It was the first visit here for many of the volunteer coordinators from around the state - everyone loved it.
The new observation deck is very nice - and apparently built to code, unlike the old one.
Not too crowded on this gorgeous day.
Before the small climb out at the top end of the Pine Creek Trail, a few of us discussed getting together again sometime to hike the rest of the Canyon from Pine down to this point - ranger from TONA says it's a great stretch of Canyon.
It was nice to visit this beautiful area again after a few years away, and assuming that I don't get call saying someone turned up sick and we've all been exposed - I'm glad I went.
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Sep 21 2021
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Madera Canyon, AZ 
Madera Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2021
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Wonderful few days staying at the Santa Rita Lodge - hiking,exploring,birding,relaxing,reading and making new friends.
The Lodge is awesome - perfect combination of rustic and updated. The sound of the creek right outside is hard to beat ... I left the windows wide open the first night to enjoy the soothing sound - then woke up freezing at 3:30am. 🤣 I was the only person in the eight casitas and my new friends were the only ones in the six cabins the first night, with just a couple more arrivals the second night. Office has a book lending library and a large selection of dvds - I borrowed a book about the 1958 boy scout tragedy on Wrightson - it was a good read.
Took several solo and several group hikes along the creek from the lodge downstream to Whitehouse and Proctor and back, plus the Nature Trail and a few road walks up to the other lodges and some night birding. The creek and waterfalls are flowing vigorously and the whole canyon is very lush.
Wildlife was bonkers. Deer, coatis and of course birds! I got a selfie with a coati. And mesmerizing bat videos at the hummingbird feeders!
My buddies were visiting from Pittsburgh, so they got several life birds easily but I couldn't get them a Trogan.
Weather was fantastic, and bugs were few. Very nice steady rain this morning as I was packing up and leaving.
I've already booked my next visit. 😁
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Many past prime - would have been amazing two weeks ago.
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May 19 2021
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Western Chiricahuas, AZ 
Western Chiricahuas, AZ
 
Car Camping avatar May 19 2021
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24 Hours In The Western Chiricahuas

5/19/21

11am - arrived at Chiricahua National Monument - stopped at Visitor’s Center to browse and chat with Ranger Theresa about a planned adventure.

11:30am - set up camp at Bonita Canyon Campground … it was a last minute reservation, and I was lucky to snag a site - never stayed in #24 before, and it was ok … had a little more privacy than the worst sites, plus good shade and a perfect tree to lock my bike to and hang a hummingbird feeder from.

12:15pm- set off on a three hour hike/bird walk - wasn’t expecting much, given that it was mid-day, but managed about 35 bird species as well as many close encounters with white-tailed deer … I love it when I don’t even startle them, and they just browse and go about their business while I pass - didn’t see a single human on my walk.

3:25pm - break and late lunch at camp.

3:45pm - fired up the Lectric bike and rode halfway up the Monument road … started up the gated dirt road towards the King of Lead Mine to see if it was bikeable - it soon became too steep and rocky, and I turned back. Enjoyed the exhilarating 25mph coast back down the paved road, stopping in a few places to check out views and birds.

5:00pm - relaxed around camp, ate, took a final short walk, then began getting ready for the night and the following day.

8:30pm - just about ready for bed when I heard a strange owl and bolted out of my tent - just about ran right into my camp neighbors, who were also looking for the owl … we thought it was an Elf Owl - which was later confirmed through my recordings … the four of us then took an impromptu stroll around the campground loops, enjoying the owls and good conversation - they were all former Forest Service Rangers in Superior National Forest, MN.

5/20/21

3:15am - awakened by Elf Owl.

4:30am - awakened by my alarm, as planned … on the road to West Turkey Creek well before 5am.

6:00am - arrived at the end of Turkey Creek Road, Morse Canyon TH … it was chilly and shaded, and not much bird activity yet - so I made some Jetboil coffee and ate the Egg McMuffin that I had wisely purchased the day before.

6:30am - back downhill a bit to Sycamore Campground, where the sun was hitting the trees and there was a bit of water in the creek … hit the jackpot with Hepatic Tanager, Buff-breasted Flycatchers (SEAZ specialty) and lifer Red Crossbills! They were so freaking cute - trip made, right there!

7:15am - drove back out, stopping to check out some nice primitive campsites and bird a bit along the way … stopped at Johnny Ringo grave - very cool.

9:00am - leisurely time breaking camp, second breakfast and one last short bike ride … stopped by Faraway Ranch for a quick bird walk on the way out.

11:30am - departed CHIR for now.
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May 05 2021
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S Fork/Portal/Paradise/E Turkey Creek/Rustler, AZ 
S Fork/Portal/Paradise/E Turkey Creek/Rustler, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 05 2021
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Hiking7.50 Miles 3,711 AEG
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Rustler Park
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Mar 18 2021
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Guindani TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Oct 15 2020
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Santa Cruz River - Ina Road, AZ 
Santa Cruz River - Ina Road, AZ
 
Birding avatar Oct 15 2020
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FYI, if you want to see one of the rarest birds in the US - and the "easiest Northern Jacana in the World" - it's been hanging around for a couple weeks ... easily visible from the pedestrian walkway.
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Sep 22 2020
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Cave Creek Canyon - Chiricahuas, AZ 
Cave Creek Canyon - Chiricahuas, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Sep 22 2020
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Road Biking20.00 Miles 134 AEG
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Posting nothing but ebike and bird pics from now on, for my haters. :lol:
After staying away from Portal all Spring and Summer, it was SO nice to be back for a day!
Campgrounds still closed (except for Herb Martyr) - lodges full.
Canyon as beautiful as ever.
Got my Eared Quetzal - :y:
Put about 20 miles on the bike riding up and down the Canyon, and out to the Portal Cafe.
Two firsts - passed serious road bikers for the first time, and heard "hey that's cheating" for the first time ... not from the cyclists I passed, but from an old guy with a Jeep and a rooftop tent at the Portal Cafe ... he said it in a joking way though, so I laughed and responded "it's FUN is what it is" and "I'm not in a competition" ... he and his friends laughed and waved. :D
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Jul 08 2020
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Shannon CampgroundTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Things I learned during this 24 hours on the mountain -

-If your pishing game is on point, you might end up with a young Red-faced Warbler perched on your foot.

-Roadrunners can and do exist at 9,000 feet. ("rare" above 7,000)

-Some people actually bring a rake and use it on their campsite before they set up.

-The little stream that runs through Shannon contains some of the slipperiest rocks I've encountered anywhere. (insert sudden, violent fall here)

-When you're just waking up, the whir of hummingbird wings outside your tent can sound just like a cat purring next to you in bed.

Looking forward to the next set of lessons - as always!
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Jun 18 2020
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Shannon CampgroundTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Had long-standing reservation for my annual Fool Hollow visit, but with the virus spreading faster than ever and fires burning everywhere, I decided to continue staying close to home.
Luckily, Shannon is just a 25-mile, 45-minute drive - and most importantly, about 6,000 feet higher! I've never camped here before, but I definitely will again! Nice to save the extra hour of bumpy dirt driving up to Riggs, and the tiny campground does not lend itself to crowds or partying. Completely quiet, though nearly full. Incredible weather - 75-78 high and around 50? low ... felt quite freezing in the morning, though!
Talked to a few people - especially one very nice couple who live at the base of Mt Lemmon. Talked birds and cameras, and fires ... at one point late Wednesday afternoon, another camper was convinced there was a fire on Graham, but it was just the sight and smell of Mt Lemmon burning some 60 miles away. :(
Hiked/birded around the campground, up Swift Trail and back through the drainage, and down Arcadia Trail a couple times.
Got my first ever Flammulated Owl right at my campsite - heard it in the evening and again in the morning. A couple of nesting Broad-tailed Hummingbirds were pointed out to me by the nice lady from Tucson. Saw my second and third Mt Graham Red Squirrels, and a couple Coues Deer browsing in the empty site next to mine.
Very enjoyable. :D
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Jun 03 2020
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Riggs Flat CampgroundTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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First overnighter of the year - delayed by about a month due to Covid closures, and much-needed.
Campground and lake day-use were busier than I've ever seen on a weekday, as expected ... but not as bad as I feared. Campground was probably 3/4 full by nightfall, but everyone respected the group area closure and fire ban. There were two huge caliber gunshots about 15 minutes apart that rang out from somewhere beyond the lake and echoed through the campground right around dark - is it hunting season for something? Bear, maybe - or elephant, judging by the cannon this hunter was using?! :-k :lol:
Did five or six small hikes around lake and campground and beyond. I love that despite the heavy use of the area, I can walk for a few minutes in any direction and get to beautiful, quiet places and see no one.
It was reasonably quiet at bedtime - and so nice not to be inundated with campfire smoke, and I slept well! Heard Mexican Whip-poor-wills and Spotted Owls.
As per usual up here, the birds woke me as soon as the sky started to lighten at 4:30, and I was up for good at 5:30 ... enjoyed my coffee with one of the most enthusiastic and varied dawn bird choruses that I've heard anywhere.
First morning hike led me to a lovely encounter with my first Twin-spotted Rattlesnake! I was hiking along the ridgeline behind the campground, and paused for a moment to enjoy the sun when I heard the smallest, gentlest little "rattle" - more like a greeting than a warning ... the snake was about a foot long, and three feet away - I stood and watched it go about it's snakey business for a couple minutes until it went around a boulder. What a sweetie.
Second morning hike was up the drainage of the inlet creek. I wasn't planning on going too far - but got cut even shorter when I came across a black bear ... I heard movement a little ways uphill to my right, then the very clear sound of bear "huffing" - twice ... caught a glimpse of said bear over my shoulder as I vacated the area! :lol:
Very refreshing, relaxing quick getaway ... always grateful to have this place.
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May 09 2020
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Dankworth Pond State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2020
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One of my "global big day" birding territories.
Giant rattlesnake - glad I didn't have to handle/move this one!
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May 08 2020
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Heliograph Peak Road, AZ 
Heliograph Peak Road, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar May 08 2020
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Mtn Biking5.50 Miles 1,007 AEG
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Getting to the top has never been so easy!
Riding down was bone-jarring rough!
Saw some nice birds and some guys working on the com towers ... one yelled down to me "nice bike!". 🤣

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May 06 2020
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Chiricahua National Monument, AZ 
Chiricahua National Monument, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar May 06 2020
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Road Biking16.70 Miles 1,876 AEG
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The Monument is closed to vehicles, so it made a perfect ride - I only saw four people, all NPS workers.
First real ride on the new toy - so fun!
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Faraway Ranch
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Aug 14 2019
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Ash spring, AZ 
Ash spring, AZ
 
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Hiking2.14 Miles 544 AEG
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Jan 07 2019
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Roper Lake Strikes Again, AZ 
Roper Lake Strikes Again, AZ
 
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I found an apparent Iceland (Thayer's) Gull - a first year bird - Monday on Roper Lake. If accepted by the Arizona Bird Committee review process, it will be a first for Graham County and all of Southeastern AZ.
Birding is fun! :D :y:
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Jan 04 2019
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Graham County Birds, AZ 
Graham County Birds, AZ
 
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The crazy weather kept me close to home to start the year, but I still managed to get my year list off to a decent start - 50 different kinds of birds in the first four days, including several lifers already.
Eastern Bluebirds were a highlight, but the random blue-morph Snow Goose I stumbled upon today was a pretty exciting find ... and I finally saw the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Roper that all the other local birders had already managed to see before me.
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Jan 02 2019
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Roper Lake State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Woke up to a near blizzard.
Had to take my cat to the vet - roads were a nightmare!
Came home and dug out my Grand Canyon winter gear to take a hike around the lake - it was great! :)
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Dec 29 2018
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Roper Lake State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Got two more (unexpected) life birds today! I had been looking for Cedar Waxwings for a while - totally worth the wait. And a California Gull - third different Gull on the lake in three days. :y:
That makes my total for the year 180, almost all in AZ - not bad considering I am new at this and didn't get serious until summer ... gonna try for 250 in 2019! :D
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Dec 20 2018
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Gillespie Wash Coronado NF, AZ 
Gillespie Wash Coronado NF, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2018
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Hiked downstream one mile at birding speed.
Very birdy - there were many more than I could identify, but I got my lifer Lawrence's Goldfinches and saw White-throated Sparrows for the first time other than one in my yard recently. Spotted Towhees are always fun to see, and there were Cardinals and Pyrrhuloxia's.
I wore my brightest orange shirt (2013 AZ Snowbowl Climb to Conquer Cancer), and didn't get shot at. Pretty sure there were other eyes on me at times, but only ran into one side-by-side with 2 men and a woman - I had met the guys previously while looking for the Ringed Kingfisher ... we talked for a couple minutes and they said they had "glassed up" a lion just past where I turned around, and a few bucks.
Glorious day out there in some fantastic habitat.
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Gillespie Wash
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Dec 07 2018
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Roper Lake State ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Yes! :y:
After weeks of waiting and watching hopefully, my lifer White-throated Sparrow (uncommon to rare in this area) finally showed up in my yard, among some White-crowned Sparrows ... glad I looked closely!
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