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Sep 27 2013
Alston_Neal
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 Phoenix, AZ
Camp Verde meteor crater, AZ 
Camp Verde meteor crater, AZ
 
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Our son came in from Seattle and since the area east of Camp Verde was always one of his favorite places we took him up there to see the earth shattering meteor crater.
It was a great day hiking and wandering. Temp was in the 60s and clear and sunny. Just what he wanted, big open sunny skies. It was amazing since the wife and I were just up there a week ago how many flowers came out.
Well I didn't include new crater photos in this set cuz, well it hasn't changed much. I told our son not to expect much and I think he was more impressed we actually found it. It reminded Ma and I of the time we took him to the Muir Woods to see the giant redwoods and he looked at us and said he wanted to see the "real" redwoods.
He jokingly looked at us and said "well at least I've seen the "real" Meteor Crater".
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Sep 19 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
Camp Verde meteor crater, AZ 
Camp Verde meteor crater, AZ
 
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Last Sunday we were parked at V Lazy Y Cabin and spent the day wandering the area, which we frequently do at this time of year. When we got back to the truck and having sodas I went to look at the water pump by the water tank. I noticed that scratched into the side of the tank was "New Meteor Crater Found" and ".23 miles across"...WTH? The next day I went onto Google Earth and there it was, a perfect circle in the middle of a mesa. So the web searching begins and I learned a famous discovery of a 135# meteorite wrapped as a baby in a Sinagua site.
http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID ... leID=31230
This article is dated in 09 and they think it came from the Canyon Diablo site, but did they know of the crater 15 miles east? As of yet I've found lots of info on meteorites found in Native sites, but nothing yet on this meteor site.
So Thursday we went back and parked at the cabin. I had studied GE and decided even though a road went right to it from the SW, we'd bushwhack in from the SE along a ridge to get an overview of the site. We agreed that we could be in the crater and not know it, how true this would become. We couldn't find the crater (.23 miles wide hole seems a tad difficult), but I knew it was due south of Rock Tank and that was easy to find. So we went a couple of hundred yards south from the tank and........huh? We wondered back to the road to the shade of a juniper tree to see if we could get a Sat photo. Yep we're looking at the crater. We started at about 7 o'clock on the crater and moved counter clockwise. Slowly we realized there was this rock edge and we followed it. As in the Sat photo you'll notice a stronger growth of trees along the edge, which meant not having a clear view across the crater. I said to the Mrs. if we keep going in a circle then we'll know we're at the right place. Well it's a crater all right, but boy howdy you can be right in it and not know it.
In my opinion some chain saws, napalm and a million gallons of Roundup and we'll have a real money maker here. It's still pretty cool and since we like hiking this area anyway, it's just another treat.
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Rock Tank V Lazy Y
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Sep 01 2013
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Clover Creek CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2013
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Well the monsoons gave us our window to hike this canyon, attempt # 2. It was a beauty day and I recommend this little gem. If I hadn't parked in the wrong place, uh not the TH, we could've gone farther down the canyon. I parked right by 87 and hiked the meadow. Next time I'll follow the directions and park at the TH.
Our little Mexican Owl friend was quite a treat to watch. Kinda scary in a way. Our Navajo friends really fear them and our Hopi friends revere them. We can see both perspectives.
We look forward to our next time in this canyon.
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Coconino Sandstone
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Clover Canyon
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Aug 22 2013
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Pine Canyon Trail #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2013
Alston_Neal
Hiking8.15 Miles 2,867 AEG
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After working 3 weeks with one day off, we took a mental health day off and headed north. We had planned to go to Clover Canyon but when we stepped out of the truck we were met with a lightning bolt :scared: followed by a deluge. So we headed below the rim and tried the Pine TH. We opted for the Dripping Springs 2 miler since now it was in the afternoon and more monsooners were building above us. I'd try this TH again, but cooler and less lightning.
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Parry's Agave
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Dripping Springs
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Jul 22 2013
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Deep Creek Tr #1196, WA 
Deep Creek Tr #1196, WA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2013
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There's an old saying that one can't see the forest for the trees. Well on this hike we couldn't see Mt. Rainier for the trees. Mt. Rainier as many of you know can be seen pretty much anywhere in western Washington, unless of course you are right next to it.
Our son moved to Seattle last year and this time when we visited he said he wants to go check out Rainier. He found a great trail, Glacier Basin so it was a go.....but wait no dogs in National Parks. That means our grand daughter Bonny would have to stay in the apartment all day. So I find a trail right outside the park we can hike and then we can see Rainier from it.
Great idea. Except for the whole drive there Rainier was behind clouds, so we didn't know exactly where it was except somewhere on our right. The trail was pretty much straight up from the get go and we could hardly see sky let alone a huge mountain. After a couple of hours it became apparent we were not going to have a breath taking view of Rainier from this trail and it was getting late.
When we got back to the truck my son said "We're going in" almost mission like. I didn't drive this far not to see it. So we enter the park smuggling Bonny, stop at the pay kiosk....$15 a car....but we just want to see it and then leave...fine we'll pay. First credit card no good, second.... nope......Okie dokie then we'll drive till we see it, shoot pics and get out before getting busted. We'll put Mike's recently expired Discovery Pass and the day pass from Icicle Gorge in the window to prove we have paid at times.
I got my photo, then got the heck out of Dodge......yeah breakin the law.
The next day we chartered a U.S. Airways jet to personally fly us and hundred or so of our best friends past Mt. Rainier.
On this trip we now know why the Native people call this The Walking Mountain.
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Mount Rainier
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Jul 20 2013
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Icicle Gorge TrailNorth Cascades, WA
North Cascades, WA
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2013
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Hiking4.38 Miles 350 AEG
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When we arrived in Seattle our son said he found a "cool" trail called Snow Lakes trail in the Cascades. So Saturday we loaded up the truck, Ma, Pa, Spawn and our dumb but happy granddaughter Bonny. Bonny has four feet btw. Anyhow we had a beautiful 2 hour drive only to arrive at the trailhead with a temp reading 95. Wth! We didn't come to WA. to hike like we're in AZ. Then we noticed the no dogs allowed sign..wth! There were two rangers there checking cars to make sure people paid and after chatting with the "nice" one, we learned that 12 more miles up the road was a nice loop trail that we could take Bonny and if she were hiking that day that's where she would be. As we were chatting the hikers coming in looked like, well us HAZ hikers with that thousand yard heat burnt stare. So duh we went there instead, nice hiking area, great day to be with our son.......and Bonny. :y:
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Garter Snake
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Apr 14 2013
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Indian Spring Wash - Bartlett DamPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2013
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Hiking5.80 Miles 673 AEG
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The start of Indian Springs wash is on the north side of the Bartlett Lake road 2.9 miles past the Horseshoe Dam road turnoff.
As a family we started coming out here in 1983 going all the way to the Verde River. In 2005 this area was closed to vehicle trafic which was a good thing since it was getting heavy use. Either before it closed or right after a fire came though. My wife and I have been coming out here quite a lot and have been telling our son about it. He moved to Seattle last year and was coming home for his B-Day and said he wanted to go out to Indian Spring.
He also spent much of his time out here sans parental guidance...ahem....and was impressed with it's recovery.
Hiking the wash north for about 2.5 miles will bring you to the saddle, the spring box is a couple hundred yards to the east in a wooded draw. From there if one wants to it's 3.9 miles down the wash to the Verde River at an area between Bartlett and Horseshoe.
This wash is a great hike in early morning or in the evening.
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Spring Box
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Apr 07 2013
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Great Wall of Perry Mesa, AZ 
Great Wall of Perry Mesa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2013
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A couple of years ago while wandering Perry Mesa via Google Earth I noticed what looked to be a wall. I had forgotten about this until a couple of weeks ago.
So Sunday we went to look for it. The total length including two gaps is about 700 yards and is about 3 feet high. I believe this to be an antelope run. We've seen antelope many times coming from this area while we are heading to Perry Tank or other pueblos.
The wall eventually goes along the beginning of Baby Canyon for a couple of hundred yards and then drops into it.
So my mystery was finally solved as to what this was and is one of the more impressive structures up there.
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HAZ Decal Inscriptions
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Turret Peak
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Nov 02 2012
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Karuizawa Japan, WW 
Karuizawa Japan, WW
 
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Karuizawa is a Japanese resort town about an hours drive from Nagano. This is our third trip there and home to my best friend and business partner Yasutomo and his family. Karuizawa is home to Mt. Asama, the largest active volcano in Japan. This mountainous area is quite sacred to the Japanese for many reasons, Asama san being one of them. It also has many interconnecting trails, some hundreds of years old. Some of these trails are part of the Buddhist shrine holy pilgrimage. Karuizawa is also the summer home of the Ono family. Yoko and John Lennon spent quite abit of time there. The town has many summer homes of the Japanese business elite as well as the Shogunate homes. The best part is that gaijin are really rare there since it's not on the tourist radar.
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Unidentified Culture
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May 08 2011
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Geronimo - West Webber ConnectorPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking1.35 Miles 636 AEG
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Mother's Day weekend with my lovely and son. My first ever site on the rim.... :y:
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Horned Lizard
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Nov 29 2010
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Picacho Mountains Petroglyph SitesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.58 Miles 134 AEG
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There are great photos of the petros on this forum, so I focused on the small things.
It was a perfect day for crawling on the boulders. In the 50s, overcast and sprinkles.
All the rattlesnakes are tucked away dreaming of next spring....Oh but wait!

Bwahahahahaha.. :scared:
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Oct 07 2010
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View Point-North Mingus LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Alston_Neal
Hiking4.25 Miles 1,322 AEG
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My wife and I decided to close our gallery for the day and check out this trail with our new dogger Tus. The storm the day before had freshened everything up and nobody had been on the trail yet, nor did we encounter anyone all day. We were suprised how beautiful this trail is and the views are awesome.
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Nov 11 2007
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East of the Chuska Mtns. South of Tocito, NM 
East of the Chuska Mtns. South of Tocito, NM
 
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I recovered files from an old laptop and found these.
A good friend of ours took us out on the Navajo Rez to look at hogan ruins and also into an area where it was known some Navajos hid from the Spanish. We checked out some areas on top of a mesa and then realized another mesa across the wide valley in front us might be interesting. My friend hadn't been there so we started over. Going along the base of the mesa I kept saying there has to be granaries or something here. We came upon a boulder with holes in it for roof support beams and in a crevice were some petros with horses. No doubt historic time period. We were about to wonder on, but I kept scanning the high cliff walls with my binocs. I know there has to be stuff up there. I took out my digital camera, took a photo and while viewing the image I enlarged and it. Holy cow the wall is covered! Prehistoric, historic and contemporary.
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