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Sep 21 2014
Alston_Neal
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
General Crook Trail #130 - Coconino NFCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking6.00 Miles 535 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
535 ft AEG
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We parked off of the 260 by Tom's Creek Road and hiked down to the General Crook trail. We had planned to take the original route that came up Devil's Windpipe and go out to the top of Thirteen Mile Rock Butte. We almost made it, got as far as 13.3 Mile Butte and had to call it short cuz it turned warmer than we cared for. At one point I looked down and saw an old rusty tobacco tin, in it was an arrowhead. Someone's memento from years past.
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Sep 18 2014
Alston_Neal
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Cave Creek Trail #4Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking5.00 Miles 390 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
390 ft AEG
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Tuesday night after dinner Deb and I decided that going to our biz the next day was not what we were going to do. So we headed out with a nice overcast to Seven Springs, albeit without the camera we left at work. The amount of water that went down the canyon was amazing. For example this was long gone http://hikearizona.com/photo=327164. The trail is in pretty good shape and very overgrown. The first part heading down the creek is a jungle with more types of wildflowers than we've ever seen there. We also saw not only mountain lion tracks but also large bear tracks not far west of the Cartwright Ranch. Gee a camera would be nice about now. We are sad to report that the crested saguaro on the north side of the creek about a mile west of the ranch has lost it's crest.http://hikearizona.com/photo=325322 The crested one farther down the canyon http://hikearizona.com/photo=325346 we don't know about. We didn't make that far because more thunderclouds from the hurricane were moving in and we didn't want to be stuck out there.
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Aug 24 2014
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Southside West Clear Cr. Cyn., AZ 
Southside West Clear Cr. Cyn., AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking6.00 Miles 535 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
535 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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We just finished working two weeks without a day off. That and along with the microburst that hit north Phoenix a few weeks ago that took out sixty feet of our wall, a saguaro and heavily trimmed our trees, we haven't done much hiking. Well Sunday we got out for a much needed mental/physical health day. All that we need is wide open spaces and a deep blue sky. We knew it wouldn't take much. Many times we've wandered the mesa south of West Clear Cr. hoping to spot something in a seam that runs it's length. Until finally we caught sight of a structure. Well it's not quite Montezuma's Castle, but it's a start. All and all no doubt one of our better hiking days.
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Jun 08 2014
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Fred Haught Trail #141Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking6.60 Miles 721 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles
721 ft AEG
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I can't tell ya'll how many times we've tried to hike only to be caught in horrific monsooner lightning storms. So Deb says I love it up there and lets get there before the monsoons start. Great idea, no lightning, but the tradeoff was kinda toasty temps. But hey there's water and shade. Btw, I know it was part of the 2013 Mogollon 100, but why is here still ribbon all over the place?
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May 04 2014
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking4.20 Miles 620 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
620 ft AEG
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We bought a mint 1990 BMW 325i from a client recently and we thought this would be good way to get it out for a road test and to let Tus finally go for a ride in her new back seat.
Yeppers it's a fast little go kart and the Highway Patrol outside of Payson was happy to tell me so. I told him I just bought it and never had a little car like this and blah blah blah sorry, someday I'll grow up..yada yada. So he gave me a warning... :y:
My wife pointed out that I was pulled over at least ten times on my road bikes, once going 110 plus and never ticketed. My luck is still with me.
The hike was going fine till my beloved started have some breathing issues, so we cut it short and found some nice falls to chill by while we watched Tus play in the water.
Really not a bad day after all, sometimes I just need to stop and smell the flowers.
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Apr 27 2014
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Eagletail Mountains WanderSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.50 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles
650 ft AEG
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Ironically Sat. I was looking at the area of Salt Flats for our Sun. hike. My wife said lets go to the Eagle Tails since we haven't been there in at least a year and a half. Cool, works for me and she just knew this time the ironwoods would be in bloom. This decision to go here instead of Pine Mtn. saved us the encounter with the HAZ Militia.
Alas the ironwwoods weren't ready yet, but everything else was going full throttle.
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Apr 13 2014
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Aqua Fria air out, AZ 
Aqua Fria air out, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking4.20 Miles 545 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
545 ft AEG
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We started out doing what we frequently do, which is drive N. on I-17 till we get to a comfortable hiking temperature zone. We were going to go up by Camp Verde, but the insane drivers and the gale force wind shortened our trip to the Bloody Basin turnoff. So now where?
I remembered when we were on the mesa north of Silver Cr. seeing an old road enter the canyon and after a couple of miles climb out to the mesa where Plato Pueblo is. So lets check it out. We had planned to hike an area that was quite open so we had shorts on and that was not the right attire for here. The grass got pretty deep, well above the knees, so lesson learned, dress appropriately doh. Eventually like most canyons it got pretty choked, so we never made it far enough to where the old road climbed out. We lunched by a pool and to our surprise there was trout in it...holly snickers! Where's my Popeil Pocket Fisherman?
As we headed back Tus jumped into the deep grass and came out with something in her mouth.
Dear Lord no telling what part of an eviscerated rodent she found. Two miles up this canyon with no signs of anyone camping she finds bacon! And you all thought your dog was cool.. :y:
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Apr 02 2014
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Margies Cove TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking8.40 Miles 560 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles
560 ft AEG
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Deb and I saw that the temp was gonna drop on Wed., so we shut down the biz and headed for our favorite place. It was 61 degrees and a cloudless sky. Saw a patchnose right away so we could go full Gummo today cruising the washes. Alas it got cloudier and colder so no more snakes and the thousand lizards we saw were kept a safe distance from us with the help of our lizard dog. Incredibly beautiful with intoxicating smells, worth every moment to not be at work.... :y:
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Mar 16 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Agua Fria air out, AZ 
Agua Fria air out, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.52 Miles 865 AEG
Hiking7.52 Miles
865 ft AEG
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This Sunday we wanted to check out the northern edge of the Aqua Fria Monument as it goes into the foothills. We also were curious to get a perspective of Perry Mesa from afar. Great open mesa that slowly climbs to some great views. Nothing but silence out here and the occasional meadowlark song. The wind going thru my ears was a good sign the mental health thing was progressing. On our return I noticed a small fort that missed my earlier attention. I am fascinated with these single wall structures. They must have anchored a major ramada to warrant a vent hole. Not quite as good as the Lousy Canyon fort,

http://hikearizona.com/photoset=23153

still though it was a nice find. And the best part is that Tus didn't find any fresh cow poo to roll in..... :y:
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Mar 09 2014
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Aqua Fria air out, AZ 
Aqua Fria air out, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking5.50 Miles 525 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
525 ft AEG
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Sunday was gonna be for the Mrs. and I our first day off in 3 weeks. Just get us out there, anywhere. We've talked to countless people, had our friend in from Japan, ate and ate great food and consumed the free world supply of adult beverages. For me this would probably be more of a waddle than a hike. We decided to check out the mesa north of Pueblo La Plata on the north side of Silver Creek. Well we didn't find much in the way of Native Americana, a couple of small sites, some shards and no petros. All we found was solitude, fresh air, wide open land and blue skies. In other words, just what we were looking for.
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Feb 16 2014
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 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Black Mesa petro hunt, AZ 
Black Mesa petro hunt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking5.50 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
380 ft AEG
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A couple of years ago Deb and I stumbled upon a really cool petro and since we didn't have our camera then, today we'd get a photo of it. Being a native born Zonie with outdoor skills literally in my genes, this would be a simple walk up, shoot, then home for cocktail time. Imagine our surprise when we learned someone had moved this car sized boulder elsewhere. Well of course I must have walked past it. I'll turn around. Nope. Well then we must not be there yet, then we'll find it. Nope.
We'll move on and do a loop then I'll come back because of course it had to be over by that saddle.
We did find some interesting things that day, small sites, cute little abode, terrace gardens and some petros. Then we came upon the most mysterious petro, even more odd than the supernova a couple of weeks before.
If the new world never used the wheel, then how come we found the Hohokam Mercedes dealership?
We'll ponder that as we head back and of course I'll go over to that saddle and get that petro shot. Hmmm...
Apparently we'll get that photo the next time we go up there. ;)
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Named place
Joes Hill Richinbar Mine
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Feb 09 2014
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Margies Cove TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.40 Miles 405 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles
405 ft AEG
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Deb and I figured this could be our last trip out to the Maricopa Mtns., unless a cold front comes thru. We've been fighting the lung crud so this would be a good hike to get some distance without climbing. We started out sounding like escapees from a Sunnyslope TB sanatorium hacking and coughing. Then slowly the nice warm dry desert air started clearing our lungs, at the same time the warm desert scents started filling our noses.
We were surprised the desert was still green and the amount of poppies blooming was a special treat. Truly one of our better hiking days.
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Feb 02 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hansenazville AKA Perry Mesa, AZ 
Hansenazville AKA Perry Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking3.00 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
350 ft AEG
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Deb and I have been sicker than dogs with the bug, but we're not gonna spend our day off on our couches. We know we won't hike far, but just get out. I've been wanting to check out the so called supernova glyph. Since reading about the meteor babies found at Wingfield Pueblo and one at Bloody Basin...
http://hikearizona.com/photoset=26749

http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID ... leID=31230

I thought maybe it was the meteor that was in the petro. I don't know what I expected, maybe that it was line of sight to the NE., but it was facing SE. Was that the direction the 1054 supernova was seen? I still haven't had time to find out when the Camp Verde meteor hit, but if the Verde Valley Confederacy/Perry Mesa group witnessed this event I would imagine it would have a great impact (ahem) on their societies.
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Jan 12 2014
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64 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa Mtns NE side, AZ 
Maricopa Mtns NE side, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2014
Alston_Neal
Hiking6.52 Miles 452 AEG
Hiking6.52 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.86 mph
452 ft AEG
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For the second weekend in a row the Mrs. and I have been wandering the NE area of the Maricopa Mtns. It's the perfect time of year to be there and we see absolutely nobody. The area is a blast to wander about aimlessly and this area with it's granite boulder canyons reminded us of hiking the McDowells decades ago before all the development. Judging by all the tracks there is a ton of wildlife in the area, although we've found them to be rather un-photogenic.
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Dec 25 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
Margies Cove TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2013
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.00 Miles
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I asked the Mrs. where she wanted to go for our Christmas hike and without pausing she says Margies Cove. Sunday we were at the Butterfield trail, the Sunday before wandering the S.E. side of the North Maricopas and the Sun. before that we were here.
So I guess she really likes this area. It was a perfect day, quite, unhurried and we just wandered aimlessly.
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Dec 16 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
Our backyard this morning., AZ 
Our backyard this morning., AZ
 
Birding avatar Dec 16 2013
Alston_Neal
Birding
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For over thirty years we've been feeding the LBBs (little brown birds) in our yard. This is one of the best avian singles bar in the valley. It also brings in birds of prey. This tends to make the LBBs a tad flighty. For years all the hawks have swooped down from high above and this allows for LBB escape. About a year ago I saw a Sharp shined hawk coming over the front wall of the neighbor behind us and drop down. It then shot straight up and straight down our back wall blindly hitting the feeding LBBs. It had a nano second from clearing the wall to choosing a target 10 feet away taking the LBBs totally by surprise.
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Dec 08 2013
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64 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Margies Cove TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2013
Alston_Neal
Hiking8.00 Miles
Hiking8.00 Miles
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Finally it's time for winter desert hiking. My wife and I have been looking forward to this for months. A little rain and a 55 degree day added up to be a perfect day for hiking this area.
There is something about looking at a mountain in the distance knowing that's where we're headed and we'll just wander the washes and ridges till we get there. Yeah we don't need no stinking trails when you have terrain like this. Although if you decide to take the trail, you'll have cairns about four feet high and fifty feet apart to follow. No chance of getting lost out here, well I guess a massive blizzard coming in would make the cairns very useful.
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Dec 01 2013
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Sophie's FlatPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2013
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.10 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles
340 ft AEG
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We decided the Sunday after Thanksgiving to check out this trail written about in the AZ. Republic by Mare Czinar. Our son had mentioned awhile back that he'd rather we all went hiking to a place none of us had been to before. Kinda like discovering something together.
Wickenburg is not generally on our hiking agenda, even though we all like the area. So we headed "Out Wickenburg Way" to Sophie's Flat, which BTW is my first trail description...Woot!
We took trail "A" and after a bit we ended up in a big wash by a road and following what appeared to be the trail left by the Seventh Cavalry the day before. Soon though we exited the wash and were back on trails. We came to trail "B" an interconnector and took it to trail "C" another interconnector to "A". So there are lots of areas for exploring here and for a Sunday it was dead quiet and we never saw anyone.
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Nov 29 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2013
Alston_Neal
Hiking9.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Our son came in from Seattle for Turkey Day and so a post gorge fest hike was mandatory.
We haven't been doing much elevation change hiking, pretty much just flat hiking.
Well we got back into the groove and it felt great. Great day to be in the desert and even better with our son.
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Javelina
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Nov 10 2013
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Black Mesa Hohokam site, AZ 
Black Mesa Hohokam site, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2013
Alston_Neal
Hiking
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A couple of times on our latest hikes my beloved suffered asthma attacks. I wanted to take her someplace very flat and an old road in case I needed to get the truck. We hadn't put many miles in lately so we were hoping today we could. We were "hiking" down the El Paso Gas Line road, as straight and flat as you could get. After about 2.5 miles as I found myself saying to myself....God shoot me now, this will go down as being one of the most boring mind numbing hikes.
I looked over at the Mrs. and she had a big smile and said ..Isn't this beautiful!
Sigh.
It was at this time as I looked west that I saw a wall. We went to inspect and found there were two sections. One a channel for driving large game at the head of Arrastre Creek and the other a very large corral. There was no doubt that this site was prehistoric, but at he same time how much was altered by historic Basque sheepherders?
I went south across Arrastre canyon to get a good overall photo. I looked down and then yelled across the canyon to my wife.....You've got to see this!
At least two dozen in situ metates...wow! The most we've seen in one place and some unique ones. There were very few petroglyphs here and I think most were archaic. The other interesting thing was there was no pottery at all.
So this site has been in use for many generations for gathering large game and my wife mused, feeding those hunters. This no doubt was a natural game route coming up from Black canyon.
The clouds had moved in, which is what we love up on the mesas, giving the landscape some dimension and cooling a bit. So it turned out to be a great day after all and I wasn't bored out of my mind.
The Mrs. was all smiles.
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Named place
Arrastre Creek Joes Hill
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