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Dec 18 2016
Alston_Neal
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 Phoenix, AZ
Butterfield Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2016
Alston_Neal
Hiking9.00 Miles 370 AEG
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A long time old friend of mine called and asked if he could go hiking with me Sunday, since our wives would be busy with a shower. Well where should I take him? Knowing his political bent makes him make Tea Party folks look like Liberals, I thought lets go down to the Maricopas and see what drug traffic stuff we can find. This could either be really fun....or not. We parked by the Virgin of Guadalupe on the Maricopa/Gila Bend road. Not far from there I had found many sites with backpacks, carpet booties and other trafficking flotsam. I was amazed at how much more stuff had been added in the last year.
We then headed up to the old Butterfield Stage route. I had told him about a saguaro that was growing right next to the road and I always wondered how big it was when the stage passed it. A couple of weeks back the Mrs. and I were hiking Margies cove and noticed that a major storm had come through and blew down many saguaros and trees. The micro burst and massive rain had hit here also, so between the two areas we had lost hundreds of saguaros. Alas also the one by the trail I told my friend about.
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On our return trip we found a curious little trailer that had been pulled up a wash. Gee I wonder what it was carrying?
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Dec 11 2016
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 Phoenix, AZ
Dugas wander, AZ 
Dugas wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2016
Alston_Neal
Hiking6.50 Miles 720 AEG
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I wanted to hike an area that is between two large ancient Native societies, hoping to find some minor settlements. Accompanied by my trusty Tus we set out up the canyons. My goal was to get to the top of the mesas. These mesas come down from the north like fingers of a hand, not unlike the Hopi Mesas. The bushwacking up and down the mesa turned out to be a tad harder than I imagined, having fallen twice. I found nothing on top of the mesa but a great view and I came upon a metate at the bottom in an ancient agricultural area. Oh and Tus found the source of chocolate milk, so it was a great hike after all.

From Hansenaz's Dugas stroll, I was in the canyons on the right.
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Nov 13 2016
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cedar Flat, AZ 
Cedar Flat, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2016
Alston_Neal
Hiking6.50 Miles 585 AEG
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It's cool to learn something new. While hiking through the thick cedars along a cliff edge, my wife and I see an old cairn...hmmmm. A little ways farther another and then another about 50' from the cliff edge. Ahh an access point from the canyon below. I drop down and see the only petros around and the rock face is heavily worn from a millennia of traffic, human and large mammal. So a perfect place to wait for large game to come through. We then headed over to a very large pottery field we had checked out before.
Fauna
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Sep 05 2016
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Barclay Lake TrailNorth Cascades, WA
North Cascades, WA
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2016
Alston_Neal
Hiking4.00 Miles 220 AEG
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One of the great things about HAZ is searching for a hike with parameters like distance to TH, trail length, elevation and oh yeah I'm in Washington and we don't have a full day and I want to go in this direction. Voila! Barclay Lake fit all our needs. It amazes me that this area of WA. reminds us so much of the San Juans in CO. but the TH is at 2460. Next time we go we will continue on to Eagle Lake.
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Jul 24 2016
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 Phoenix, AZ
Anderson Mesa petros, AZ 
Anderson Mesa petros, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2016
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In July Petrophile posted up photos of the petros on Anderson Mesa. These were something I planned on seeing and since our friends were coming in from Holland this looked like a short sweet trip for them. Petrophile gave me the info and of we went the day after they landed here in July. Well there was a really nice heat wave across the state, so it was really toasty up there, plus our friends were only 7,000' higher than normal. We finally made it to the first group and they loved it. Going to the second group would probably require an AirEvac for them.
This Sunday Deb and I went to the second group and saw some good images. Thanks for your guidance Petrophile.
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May 14 2016
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 Phoenix, AZ
Amerind Museum, AZ 
Amerind Museum, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 14 2016
Alston_Neal
Hiking6.80 Miles 480 AEG
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This past weekend my beloved and I stayed down at the Amerind Museum to work on a collections project and also to do prep work for a two day lecture on Native baskets and pottery in November. This allowed us to take Sun. off and explore the grounds. The land was purchased in the 1930's and the property was much larger than I thought. We were allowed access to the whole place. One of the things we noticed was the huge amount of animal traffic, since there hasn't been hunting in decades. We observed this by all the tracks across the roads, certainly not from any actual sightings. They sure can make themselves scarce. The amount of snake tracks across the roads, mostly the wide fat viper ones prevented us from romping around in the tall grass. The place is pretty rich in Native history, hence the museum. We're looking forward to going back in Nov. when it's a tad cooler.
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May 01 2016
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Indian Spring Wash - Bartlett DamPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Alston_Neal
Hiking6.66 Miles 880 AEG
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Sixty five degrees May 1st, yep we'll see if the FS has opened the wash for off roaders yet. Nope still closed ..YEAH!!!!
We were gonna go farther but a very active bee hive in a canyon turned us around, but hey we did the Devil's distance.
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Apr 10 2016
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Maricopa Mtn. meander, AZ 
Maricopa Mtn. meander, AZ
 
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Alston_Neal
Hiking5.00 Miles 450 AEG
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Our son was down from Seattle and when we asked where he wanted to hike, he said the Maricopas would be cool....literally. A nice drizzle started the day which turned out to be a very good thing, because a cold wet rattlesnake doesn't strike. It's a good day when it's spent hiking and not in an ER.
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Mar 27 2016
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Mogollon Mesa meander, AZ 
Mogollon Mesa meander, AZ
 
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Hiking6.50 Miles 300 AEG
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Last week we explored north of 260 and came across a couple of large pottery fields, half of a metate and some grinds by a seep.
This weekend we went south off the Mail Trail TH. We didn't find many signs of prehistoric life this time, but heck it was a good excuse get out on Easter. My wife pointed out that this is one her favorite areas to wander, zone out and sometimes problem solve for the business week ahead.
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Mar 13 2016
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Butterfield Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.00 Miles 554 AEG
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Our last foray into the Maricopa Mtns, unless a cold front moves through. In our continuing quest for historical passes and camps in this area we chose to deviate from the main Butterfield Stage route to the lesser known Oleo Pasture Stage route. We headed for a water tank that has had water in it in the past. I know where all water aprons are out here. This allows our dogger to have a water source for her. While I always carry enough for all of us, we can go much farther and longer if there is a source for Tus. Alas today the tank was dry and the temps started to climb. We still checked out some new areas and the flowers were awesome. Also found the little graveyard by Shawmut Pass that I wanted to see.
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Jan 17 2016
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John Heath site, AZ 
John Heath site, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2016
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.70 Miles 880 AEG
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A couple of years ago while researching an area out of Camp Verde, I stumbled upon an article about the Meteor Baby that was found in a ruin in the Verde Valley. verdenews.com/main. ... 1230
It was thought to have been found in one pueblo, but recently a keen eye determined it was at the John Heath site. Last year we had gone to the Camp Verde Museum to see the "Baby" on loan from ASU and in talking with an individual about it, enough to prove I wasn't some digger, he drew me a little map to John Heath.
Scroll down a little to the John Heath article verdevalleyarchaeol ... .pdf
After we explored the site we headed up the mountains to check drainages and saddles. From a ways off we saw a storage room in a cavate. So we headed down toward it only to be met by a slot canyon. Dang. We finally got to a point we could head up it and after a couple of climbs up the canyon wall I found the storage area. Whew!
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Dec 27 2015
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Maricopa Mtn. meander, AZ 
Maricopa Mtn. meander, AZ
 
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Alston_Neal
Hiking7.00 Miles 350 AEG
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Generally when my wife and I hike we have a destination in mind. This day though we committed our day to wander aimlessly the many drainages and small rock outcroppings of the Maricopa Mountains. After about 4 miles and out in the middle of nowhere something red caught my eye and it appeared to be about 6' off the ground....hmmmm. Well it turned out to be a tee flag, but more interestingly was a genuine Fredericks Of Hollywood corset below it. No doubt we've seen many odd things through the years out in the wilds, although they tend to be by roads or urban areas. Also this area we are use to seeing backpacks, carpet booties and odd food stuff of the drug traffic....but this? I usually bring back trash I find, but this I decided to leave in situ. Spending a couple more hours wandering the desert with a golf flag and a corset was not appealing to me. I'm sure there are a couple of members here, who shall remain nameless, who would enjoy doing this. I have my standards to uphold......chortle ahem..
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Dec 20 2015
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Indian Spring Wash - Bartlett DamPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Alston_Neal
Hiking8.50 Miles 830 AEG
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It only took me about 40 years to go south from the Bartlett Dam road. We have always gone north up Indian Springs Wash, but I've been wanting to go down it for decades. It was an awesome choice and with temps in the 50's, a perfect day. I tell ya it's a jungle out there. We were surprised this wash turned into a slot canyon and choked with giant cane in one area. I'm pretty sure we won't go down this at the height of rattlesnake season and with the lower temps the 3 beehives we came upon were not panic inducing. We were also pleased that we had the canyon to ourselves with it being a hunting season. This place reminded us of Spur Cross, albeit without the fee, the people, horses, mountain bikers, horse poo, trail runners and did I mention people?
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Dec 09 2015
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Alamo Canyon - AZT #17Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Alston_Neal
Hiking7.50 Miles 835 AEG
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One seldom needs a reason to appreciate a hike in Arizona. But after my wife and I spent 5 days in the LA area doing a show where we worked our butts off, drove the freeways, sucked smog, had our ears blasted by noise and endured massive amounts of humanity, we took a mental health day off. This trail is so beautiful and it reminds us of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Happy cacti in garden settings.
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Nov 27 2015
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Margies Cove TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Alston_Neal
Hiking8.60 Miles 575 AEG
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We spent a couple of days giving our son and his girlfriend some much needed vitamin D treatment ala Maricopa Mountains. I told him about all the illegal drug/smuggling stuff we found a couple of weeks ago. Said it's cool where we are now hiking and not to worry as I see a camo duffel bag under a palo verde....jeez. Sunday we returned and hit Margies Cove since they had never been there and it was a perfect day.
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Nov 15 2015
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W. side of S. Maricopa Mtns., AZ 
W. side of S. Maricopa Mtns., AZ
 
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Alston_Neal
Hiking5.00 Miles 190 AEG
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The Sunday before Deb and I finally got back to our favorite desert. We hiked into the Sonoran Wilderness north from the Maricopa road. We stayed on the east side of the N. Maricopa Mtns. This week I want to go south from Maricopa Rd. by the Shawmut Loop and head along the W. side of the S. Maricopa Mtns. eventually going west across the valley to another mountain and then loop back. In our many travels of the desert north of Maricopa Rd. we had seen some signs of illegal activity. Usually just those 1 gallon black handled bottles with ropes on them. So I expected to see some stuff on the south side and considering I-8 is 7 miles away, probably not much. Boy howdy was I wrong. Our plan was to go along the base of the mountain crossing the drainages. As soon as we got to the mountain I noticed a nice trail, probably a game trail. Wrong, right away I noticed a backpack in the rocks and then the carpet booties, plus numerous water bottles. With the morning rain and overcast skies something else stood out that may not be as obvious if the sun was out and the earth was dry. Footprints and all heelless tennis shoes. Nope no ubiquitous Merell tread patterns out here. It soon became obvious that one third of our hiking party was becoming uncomfortable here. She kept scanning the mountain tops and then said...you know if we move away from the mountain out in the valley there would be less cholla for Tus to step in. Our valley trek was soon met by a wall of rain at which point we headed back.
The desert here is different from across the road. I'm used to heavy use areas north of the valley with lots of shot up targets and shell casings. Here there is trash, but it's all stashed and ATV tracks all over, more than likely La Migra. I'm pretty sure we won't head back to this area...maybe the east side.
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Nov 01 2015
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Border country Yavapai/Coconino, AZ 
Border country Yavapai/Coconino, AZ
 
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Alston_Neal
Hiking5.50 Miles 550 AEG
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I've come to the conclusion that Hansenaz is monitoring my GE searches, because wherever I check out he beats me there. The last time was a mile away from where I wanted to go and this is a pretty big state. So that being said we went back up to the mesa east of Camp Verde to quest for more Native culture and get there before Hansenaz. My GE searching showed the area to be promising, drainages, escarpments and fertile saddles for planting. I found one sherd the size of my pinkie nail,haha and that was it. Out in the middle of nowhere we came upon an electric fence and experience has told me they can suck. This was solar powered and when I opened the box to see if it was connected, I disturbed Mr. and Mrs. Deer Mouse who were comfortably snuggling in their nest until the big galoot opened the door. Sorry. Flushed a nice herd of elk with a great stag and then made sure we didn't move them toward the numerous hunting groups up there. Not a great day for Native stuff, but a great hike none the less.
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Oct 18 2015
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Sandys Canyon Trail #137Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Alston_Neal
Hiking7.70 Miles 470 AEG
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After a two week work week the Mrs. and I wanted to hit Bismarck Lake for our annual fall foliage fest. As we approached Flagg on Sunday it became apparent that the peaks were under clouds and a big front was following us from the Verde Valley. Time for plan-B. I remembered seeing posts on Sandy's Canyon and that parking at the campground would be our TH. Well some light rain would grace us, but most importantly no lightning. So cool temps, fresh rain and not working made for a most awesome day of hiking.
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Oct 04 2015
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Black Mesa west side, AZ 
Black Mesa west side, AZ
 
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Hiking4.50 Miles 420 AEG
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A couple of weeks ago while going north on I-17 and just before we dropped down into Badger Springs from Black Mesa I saw a group of folks on the mesa rim west of the freeway. Hmmm I say to myself. So according to GE there is a road coming from the west side onramp from Badger Springs up to the mesa. So this rainy Sunday morning seemed like a good time to check this out. While going north the freeway signs say accident ahead and just before we get to the top of Black Mesa I notice the southbound is stopped. So it appears my decision to check out this area was good since the freeway was stopped both ways. We parked by the freeway and hiked in on the road. It had rained pretty good and was still spittin with a light mist. Boy did it smell great and boy howdy all those folks sitting there on the freeway ain't happy. After about a mile and half we realized the clay like mud and dry straw was starting to seriously build up on our boots to the point they were becoming adobe snowshoes. We finally made it to the mesa rim and proceeded to quest for Native stuff. Soon pottery was everywhere and then a small village with quite a few planting terraces. Three, yes three petros, not enough trouble to photograph. We know there are more and we'll find them someday, but not today. The sun broke out and we were magically transported to the Ecuadorian rainforest, although sans forest and Ecuadorians. It became apparent that 2/3 of our party had well, left the party. So another trip awaits us here when the temps drop. I know there are petros here, I can feel it.
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Aug 03 2015
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Dungeness Spit on Kitchen-Dick, WA 
Dungeness Spit on Kitchen-Dick, WA
 
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Hiking9.00 Miles 130 AEG
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We have been eyeing the Olympics area since our son moved to Seattle. One place that caught our eye was a small town on the shore of the Strait Juan De Fuca, named Sequim. Yep we all pronounced it like it sounded like sequin. Then last year a couple of ladies came into our biz and they were from Squim. It took us a moment to realize it was Sequim. They said we should see it because it has the longest coastal spit in the continental United States. Holy snickers that sounds like an awesome place to go and after a short web search on what a spit was, I admit it dropped a notch or two on the wow factor, but some day we'll check it out.
Well we decided on this trip to push the fun envelope and go see Squim uhh Sequim and the Dungeness Spit woo hoo! We'll take the ferry to Bainbridge Island wonder a couple of roads to connect us to the 101 and when we get to Sequim we'll get off at Kitchen-Dick.....get off where? It seems Kitchen-Dick is kinda famous and especially the intersection with Woodcock. So our road trip begins with the Dungeness Spit on Kitchen-Dick. The spit is eleven miles round trip with a 130' AEG, yep feel the burn on this. We made it to the 4.5 mile mark and realized the tide was coming in. This meant we would have to hike a fair distance crawling the logs on the back of the spit spine if we went all the way to the lighthouse. The estuary side was closed because of nesting so we had to stay on the open ocean side. Oh well we had seen our fair share of spit and we've seen lighthouses before so no biggie. Great day being with our son and seeing a new area. We were just north of the Olympics and they are majestic like the Rockies. I tried to shoot a photo but too hazy.
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