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Sep 23 2020
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Our first bear cub, AZ 
Our first bear cub, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2020
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Hiking5.70 Miles 780 AEG
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I was going to do a Triplog and Photoset of a canyon we try and hit once a year. But after shooting the bear photos I won't be giving a location. We were eating our lunch while sitting on a big log and I turned to look back down the canyon to an area we've lunched before. I said oh look an elk cow, big head, long snout and as Deb turns around I go Oh Crap it's a bear. Right then it heard me and stood up and I must say it was bigger than we expected. I had opened a bag of jerky which I quickly crammed in my top shirt pocket while at the same time grabbing Tus's leash. Fortunately she was on the opposite side of the log and didn't see it. Then I saw the cub. Everything we've learned through the years was don't mess with the mama and bless little Boo Boos heart for the youngin is coming right up the canyon to see us, or get water, or jerky! Mama now is coming up the side of the canyon and staying in the undergrowth and out of sight. Boo Boo is not stopping and will eventually wind up less than 20 feet from us, which is way closer than we want mama. Then it stops looks around and then turns and heads back down the canyon. It wasn't concerned about our yelling and clapping, mama must have said something. It went back to our old lunch spot and mama pops out of the brush...Yeah! Boo Boo climbs a tree a little bit and then mama turns to leave with Boo Boo in tow. Whew! Way cool and yeah we still have to go down the canyon past them. Oh and in retrospect, putting the jerky in my top shirt pocket may not have been a good idea.
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Sep 16 2020
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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2020
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Hiking5.20 Miles 560 AEG
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One of the benefits to being self-employed....wait let me rephrase that...the only benefit to being self-employed is the ability to take time off whenever one can afford to. Wednesday was a dream come true at Horton, we only saw one couple on the trail and nobody all day along the stream. The area has seen quite a few folks and not much rain though. But it was clean and as always it sounded and smelled awesome.
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Aug 31 2020
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How not to do the A. B. Young Trail #100, AZ 
How not to do the A. B. Young Trail #100, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2020
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Hiking2.40 Miles 402 AEG
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There is a saying in the Neal family if the navigator says go right, go left. More on that later. Our son and wife moved back from Seattle last year and are living and working in Cottonwood. They are expecting our first grandchild Alston Mikael Neal in October. So the Mrs. thinks it would be nice to spend a couple of nights at the Butterfly Lodge in Oak Creek. Which btw is very nice. Mike says on Sun. he liked to do the A.B. Trail that keeps popping up on his phone. I look at him and go ummm and he says oh no I'm just going up till I feel like turning around. Works for me so Sun. I decide to join him and well we're moving kinda slow. Did I mention he bought me a really nice bottle of mezcal, no not the crap with a worm.
So he says he read that the trail is hard to find but it starts downstream (left) from the parking lot. He immediately goes right and so I wander left through mountains of black berry vines with those lovely thorns (yes I'm wearing shorts). I soon realize the trails through the vines are nothing more than folks looking for berries. I come to a steep section while trying to get to the creek, being careful on the slippery rocks when suddenly my foot catches a vine and YOWSA. It was basically like falling from the 4th step of a staircase, but at almost 65, not good. Fortunately I slammed into a pine tree preventing me from going farther and the 3 foot deep berry vines gave me a mild cushion from the river rocks. A quick check showed no protruding bones, but a fair amount of blood from knee and multiples areas of my body. I looked like I had fallen in a mosh pit of crack addled pikas. I brush myself off and go to look for Mike. He comes around the corner and says I found the trai....what did you do? I said I fell, he asks if I'm okay and did the 3 young women over there see me?...[snicker]. No I still had some dignity, but not much. I made it across the stream without falling, which is a good thing.
The trail cut across a really nice trail that went along the stream but no we will go up. Soon we are out in the open no shade, switchbacks galore and an awesome view if only my glasses weren't perpetually fogged up. Thankfully Mike said lets go down and check the stream trail. When we get back down he stops and goes wow check out those birds. They were like I've never seen before about the size of nuthatches, black with white patches on the wings and ruby red breasts. By the time I retrieve my camera from the backpack they had thoughtfully moved higher to another tree and placed themselves between me and the sun. Mike also pointed out they made a really cool sound and then said oh but you can't hear them can you? ST*U was my only comment. Possibly Blackburnian warblers, which of course we don't have on here and still don't.
We cruised the creek trail a bit and then decided to cross. I said I don't care if I get my boots wet now since we're leaving and of course that was a self-fulfilling prophecy. As Mike pulled me out he said well on the plus side most of your blood on the lower half of your body has washed off. While Mike paused to tie a leash he found to the Dogs Must be on Leash sign I slogged my battered and bloodied body to the parking lot. A Hispanic family had settled into a family picnic area next to our car and the cutest little girl in a bright pink dress and butterfly wings on her back ran up to me smiling and waving. She yelled hola and darted off just like a butterfly, what a great hike. It was the first time in years that Mike and I hiked just the two of us. We laughed, we cried, he laughed, I cried. Oh yeah no photos.
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Jul 15 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Clover Creek CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Canyoneering4.00 Miles 400 AEG
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A great day in our favorite canyon. It was a tad warm (88) but there was more water than we've seen there. Our dogger was kept well hydrated. Never saw a soul, but most importantly no cows! They seemed to have taken a break the last couple of years. We didn't see anything larger than a chipmunk, probably the heat, that and it was lunchtime. We all know all the cool animals punch out for break time.
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Jun 30 2020
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AZT #30 and Memory Lane, AZ 
AZT #30 and Memory Lane, AZ
 
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A couple of weeks ago I noticed the AZT went within a couple of hundred yards of one of our favorite camping spots. We camped there once a year for ten years, so safe to say we have hundreds of hours spent at our little slice of heaven. We last camped there in 95 and shortly there after the meadow was closed off. In all the times we were there we never saw anybody come back to where we were and every year when we came back our fire pit was just as we left it. Nobody ever camped at our place. We watched our son Mike grow through four bikes and each time roam farther from camp. At the north of the meadow was a super highway game trail which we would use to climb Mormon Mountain. The first time we climbed it we were a bit surprised to find a road up there and towers.
Many great memories there with the three of us and our hiking and camping dog of eighteen years, Beamer. One memorable time was the trip we called camping with Danny. In May of 1992 Danny Ray Horning escaped from prison and it was thought that he was in the area. We joked with our son that we would set an extra place at the table for him. When we returned home it was reported in the news that he was in a cabin not far from us.
It's so cool in this day and age that we can go back to find our camp site was just as we left it in 1995. So many places have been overused or worse burned in a forest fire. This was a day Deb and I have been looking forward to for years.
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Feb 09 2020
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Forty five years ago, AZ 
Forty five years ago, AZ
 
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Hiking4.00 Miles 350 AEG
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Sunday morning we were going to head to the Maricopas to finally locate an Air Force crash site, but I didn't feel like driving that far. So Deb said let's drive out the Bartlett Lake road. We decided to go to a small hill site that we first found 45 years ago when we were dating. It was the first site we found together and Deb's first ever ruin. It is a nice little place with a very well developed growing area, which entailed removing lots of rocks and bringing in extra dirt. We lunched and talked about all the other sites we have found in the area and how they are in line of sight of each other. Great day and fun to revisit a place 45 years later.
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Jan 01 2020
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Crater Range - BMGRSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 250 AEG
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I've been wanting to go here since I saw Randal's and Outlander's posts. So when I learned from a friend that I could register with Luke Air Force Base online and download my permits and most importantly the gate codes, I swung into action. It seemed like a lot of hoopla for this hike, as my wife pointed out, but I explained we just touched the tip of the iceberg. I was a bit bummed not to find any explosives or rampant drug runners. Interestingly my wife was much more relaxed here than when we've hiked by Shawmut Pass. We did find a couple of water bottles and some clothing, but that is par for the course for where we hike. The terrain reminded us of the Eagletails, but scaled down and compacted. We looped around a mountain and wandered some canyons being ever vigilant, but all in all it was just another boring beautiful day and my bucket list is one item shorter. Yeah we'll go back.
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Dec 22 2019
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Espanto Mountain, AZ 
Espanto Mountain, AZ
 
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Espanto (Terror) mountain is a cute little range a couple of miles long in the middle of Rainbow Valley. Biologists say it has it's own little ecosystem and is used by larger mammals as they travel between the Estrellas and the Maricopas. It is also just north of the Butterfield stage and I've found evidence (steel core from a .50 cal. armor piercing round) that it may have been used for WW2 training. I also read that it was known for having raves and it shows signs of being a popular lead flinging place. We have found only a handful of petros, but we keep looking. It has been fenced off for a couple of years and fairly well cleaned up. Truth be told it's not an awesome mountain, but it's ours and it serves us well.
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Nov 24 2019
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Maricopa Mtns. crash site, AZ 
Maricopa Mtns. crash site, AZ
 
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Hiking5.50 Miles 200 AEG
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With the drop in temps Deb says we're heading to the Maricopas! I find an area we haven't ventured into yet and we set off for a beautiful day and hike. A couple of miles in we find some aircraft debris, it's not uncommon, but we've never seen an actual crash site. This time we did and it was vast. We finally figured out that it wasn't WW2 era because of cast aluminum pipe fittings and a circuit board remnant. There wasn't hundreds, but thousands of pieces, nothing large. There were old tire tracks present, which explained no large pieces, they trucked them out. When I got home I went to GE, pegged it and then the tower at Luke AFB. Then the search began and I was surprised to find a basic record.
Monday Dec 28 1964 a Fairchild C-123 Provider Departing Luke AFB, destination Gila Bend AF Aux Airport crashed on approach. Crew members 4, fatalities 4.
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Oct 16 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Shawmut Trainspotting LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.50 Miles 225 AEG
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A month ago Deb came upon an article celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s completion. Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 a 4-8-4 configuration would be touring the Union Pacific system. That means it would depart Gila Bend at 12:45 and arrive at Casa Grande at 2:45 on Wed. 10/16/19. So we planned to close the biz and have a day off, because it could be cool at the Maricopa Mtns. in Oct. We watched the weather for a week and kept watching it rise to peak on Wed., 100 at Gila Bend. We parked at the cut through of the old roadbed which is also a known smuggling hangout and also not Deb's favorite place, since passing cars on SR-238 can't see our vehicle because of the height of the old roadbed. But alas it seems there are more train geeks parked there, so cool....not really. We wondered around for about an hour, enough to cook my girls. So we headed back to the truck to "chill". I went up to the mountain to wait like dozens of others for the train. It became apparent after awhile that it was way late and only getting hotter. After a couple of hours I went back to check on my family. While sitting in the "cool" truck suddenly Deb goes here it comes! It came so fast around the bend that I couldn't get my camera out fast enough and just like that it was gone. We quickly fired up the truck and went through the cut to jump onto SR-238 only to find a parking lot. It was like I-17 on Sun. I slid smoothly into line and noticed the driver behind me give a thumbs up. Pretty sure it was a thumb. Well no way are we going to get ahead of the train now, but wait, it pulled to a siding. This would be a photo chance! A thought shared by about a 100 others. It was awesome, I shot with the sun to my back and kept hearing the engineer through a bullhorn saying would the man in the blue shirt step back to safety. Then again would the man in the blue shirt get off the track because an eastbound train is coming through. After Deb and I watched the big locomotive depart we climbed into our truck and I said now I'm happy, but could you believe how many times they kept telling that guy in the blue shirt to back off. How could someone be so obsessive and obtuse at the same time. Yeah Deb says, hard to imagine.
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May 19 2019
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Verde lookout, AZ 
Verde lookout, AZ
 
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Hiking4.70 Miles 1,100 AEG
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While planning our next site hunt I realized we needed to just get boots on the ground and scope out the area. I had a place in mind to checkout knowing it wasn't the location, but at least I can scratch off that area and we could get a grasp of what to expect. I thought of the CannondaleKid and his fence from hell when we parked a hundred feet from a fence and after just under half a mile we finally got across. Crawling at our age ain't petty. We did stumble on a nice little lookout and some great views of the Verde River. We also found a perfectly round mano, something we've never seen before. It appears our next foray will be in a few months, but with a better location possibility.
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Mar 31 2019
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Black Canyon Hohokam complex, AZ 
Black Canyon Hohokam complex, AZ
 
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Hiking5.60 Miles 475 AEG
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The weekend before last Deb and I were hiking the center section of the Black Canyon Tr. While I was stopped doing some floral re-hydration research, Deb says I see walls. Yes armed with her trusty binocs she points out a hilltop complex. We realize though that it will not be done that day and we'll save it for later. I decided via GE to come down from the north, eliminating extreme elevations changes for Deb. Turns out to be what all of central AZ mesas are made of, roundy lava rock ankle twisty stuff with a good plant layer hiding most of the rocks, cactus and rattlesnakes. As one gets older this stuff doesn't become anymore enjoyable.
It turned out to be a decent little village, but more of a as Deb said ....We saw it and we made it to it, job done!
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Feb 10 2019
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South Maricopa Mtns., AZ 
South Maricopa Mtns., AZ
 
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Hiking6.50 Miles 400 AEG
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I saw on GE an old road going south of the BNSF railway into the South Maricopas. We pulled off the Maricopa road a couple of hundred feet from the Estrella TH and took the old road south. After a mile in it entered the Sonoran Wilderness and the road became less significant. For the first 1/2 mile from the railway it goes through an old burn, but then it becomes pristine desert. The road ended up in a basin that was blooming with Mexican poppies and lupines. This area was not "illegal" trafficked as where we were a couple of miles west, allowing my wife to be a lot more comfortable.
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Dec 16 2018
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Eagletail Wilderness south TH, AZ 
Eagletail Wilderness south TH, AZ
 
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Hiking6.00 Miles 500 AEG
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Deb and I have seen countless ruins, petroglyphs and pottery shards, but this Sunday we came upon something really cool. We went to the south Eagletail TH and if a hundred people went to the Ben Avery TH, one went here. This was a good choice since mindless desert wandering is our forte. We both caught sight of a rock that had been turned over and other rocks that didn't get there by themselves. We found the shards of a nice size cooking olla and then knapping flakes. Of all the Native things we've seen there was something about seeing where someone sat and made projectile points that was really special. We figured the olla may have broken or cracked while cooking, because why leave something as valuable as this behind. We're going back, there is a lot to explore here.
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Nov 22 2018
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HansenAZ's Magical Mystical Petro Lizard Hunt, AZ 
HansenAZ's Magical Mystical Petro Lizard Hunt, AZ
 
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My ladies and I set out to find the Mystic Lizard. We were last here ten years ago searching for another petro that we never found. Well we found the sun petro this time but not the Mystic Lizard.I think I know where it is, so next time. But not ten years from now.
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South Maricopa Mountains Wilderness, AZ 
South Maricopa Mountains Wilderness, AZ
 
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My wife and I have put in a couple hundred miles in the North Maricopa Mountains over the years. It being one of her favorite areas to hike in. But 3 years ago we decided to try the South Maricopas, south of SR 238. This not being a good idea since the illegal traffic in this area is heavy and it just ain't that pretty. [ photoset ]
The Mrs. said never again south of 238 and that was fine with me. We had gone down to the north mountains last week and had a great hike, so it will be repeated this weekend. We decided we'd park at the main TH that leads to the Butterfield trail (like only a thousand times). So on the way down I said you know how much lusher the east side of the mountains are and we've covered every square foot. Well what about the South Maricopas, but on the east side and the railroad tracks have prevented offroading and all the illegal activity is at Shawmut a couple of miles away and all those military people are at the border and and and. So we parked at milepost 19 on SR238 and headed west to the mountains. It was awesome pristine desert, no roads all over the place, no fires had been through and as Deb pointed out, no cattle to trash the fragile desert. It was more beautiful than we imagined at which time she mentioned that was one of my best sales job. We did find some water bottles, but they were maybe 3 years old. Deb was totally relaxed though and not concerned. When we got in the truck and started to drive down the road I heard, next time we need to start over in this area and head in. Said the woman who vowed never to hike south of SR 238 again.
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FR. 1058 W. of St Clair Pk., AZ 
FR. 1058 W. of St Clair Pk., AZ
 
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With the nice temp drop we decided to hit this road before it gets turned into an OHV area like Indian Springs. It has been thirty two years since we were on this road. We knew this cuz our son got his first big boy mountain bike and this road was his maiden voyage. We wanted to check out a Hohokam site and I must say after all this time one would think they would have spruced the joint up. Maybe a fresh coat of paint, but no.
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Arrowhead Sink and Red House, AZ 
Arrowhead Sink and Red House, AZ
 
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A friend of ours told us about Arrowhead Sink which borders the southern edge of Wupatki National Monument. While one can't wander at will at the monument, off the monument is Coconino Forest. While checking the area on HAZ topo I noticed an area a couple of miles away called Red House Basin. Further digging on GE showed me a structure. While the sink was interesting and the look on my wife's face indicated I would not be going down into it, we choose to wander around topside. Found some small sites and a handful of petros, it was the pottery we found plenty of. We made it to the structure and quite surprised by what we found. Turns out the Red House Pueblo is one of the few free standing masonry walls and occupied from AD 1130-1220. In the early 1900s sheepherders occupied it and roofed. Turns out this was a good thing in preserving it and this led to later stabilization with consultation from NAU and the Hopi tribe
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Red Mountain Trail #159Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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To celebrate our 40th anniversary I found a little cabin on the north side of the San Francisco peaks. We had no running water or electricity, perfect! We were 1/10th of a mile from FR 418, which is the northern boundary for the fire closure and we had the lock combo to get in..yeehaa! Our first morning we got an early start to Red Mtn. We had the whole place to ourselves, peaceful and other worldly. Quite a pleasant surprise to see something like this. On our way out we went west up to some ridges and drainages to check for sites. Shortly after leaving the trail we heard the lovely sound of over a dozen youngins using their outside voices to the max. The were all brilliantly clad in the all current day glow colors obviously meant to match their volume. It was then my wife and realized how lucky we were to get there early. We would continue bushwacking checking for Native sites, only to find a few shards. It is beautiful country with great views to the north.
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 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Poles of Maricopa Mtns., AZ 
Poles of Maricopa Mtns., AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2017
Alston_Neal
Hiking6.00 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
350 ft AEG
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Earlier this year we were hiking the west side of the North Maricopa Mtns. Our goal was a game tank a couple of miles from the Margies Cove road and to check out granite outcroppings for Native encampments. In a ravine I came upon aircraft debris, but a thorough search didn't turn up more. A little while later we came upon what my wife called a perfect place to camp and a short telephone pole. Then we noticed three more poles separated by about 50 yards and each had a metal hook top and bottom. Right away I settled on poles to hold target banners for fighter planes. Later we came upon 3 poles twice the length of the first 4 and they also had metal hooks top and bottom. I searched all over front and behind for shell casings .50 Cal. to be exact and found nothing. When I returned my wife was waiting for me in the shade of an ancient ironwood tree. It was this tree that was in direct line of fire that made me realize these were not targets. So more searching the web and I found manuals for field antennas. We returned Sunday armed with knowledge and the camera I forgot in the spring. We found one more piece of debris and another group of short poles. So one more piece of military history was added to our wanderings of the Maricopas.
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