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Sep 30 2008
azdesertfather
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 Tucson, AZ
Colonel Devin Trail #290Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking4.50 Miles 2,280 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   3.18 mph
2,280 ft AEG
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Did this trail from the Washington Park TH. Roads are really good to the trailhead, except for the final half mile. The final quarter mile, if you're not in a high clearance vehicle, DON'T even think about it! I was bright enough to think I could make it I my Civic, and almost put myself in a real mess. Thankfully I was able to get out without destroying something under my car! I then walked the final quarter mile to the trailhead.

Did this in conjunction with the Railroad Tunnel Trail #390 and a bit of Fred Haught Trail #22. The trail starts heading up the rim while paralleling a creek. Never ran into another person on any of these trails today; peaceful and quiet, except for the birds and the rippling of the water in the creek.

50 minutes up to the Rim, 35 minutes back down (this trail only; not including my add-ons).

Difficulty for me: :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: (of 5) ... for AEG.
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Sep 26 2008
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Palo Verde Trail #512Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking6.25 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.27 mph
500 ft AEG
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Nice hike out...water perfect for swimming! water clear & perfect temp. Today there were some boaters out, but not alot of people on the shore...and none on the trail!

Be forewarned, at least as of this posting the trail isn't in good shape. In several spots, big palo verde and mesquite limbs are down over the trail, and lots of thorny bushes that have completely grown across the trail in numerous locations. In some of these spots, because of the steepness of the terrain, trying to go around these obstructions off the trail isn't easy. Also some erosion, which made the trail a bit confusing in some spots. In one spot it took me so long to figure out where the real trail was that it just took away a lot of the fun of the trip. Route finding now I would say isn't a 1, it's more like a 2.5.

Saw an interesting thing on the trail though...a first! Two diamondbacks mating. Check out the photoset. They were amazingly calm as I walked up on them. I stayed around them for a good 15-20 minutes, trying to take pictures with my crappy camera, and they didn't even rattle or get too upset (though they were pretty preoccupied!!) :D

Didn't make it all the way to the end, but took some excursions (some planned, some unplanned!) along the way.
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Sep 12 2008
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 Tucson, AZ
Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,275 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   1.64 mph
1,275 ft AEG
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Did this trail in conjunction with the Echo Canyon trail, trailhead-trailhead-trailhead. Took just over an hour going up, about 45 minutes down after finishing Echo Canyon, for 1:50 total. Total for both hikes, 3:45. Trail had nice view of the Phoenician! Really enjoyed hiking the ridgeline. My Echo Canyon portion of this trip was a bit more interesting...check it out ;)

Difficulty for me: :sweat: :sweat: 1/2 (of 5)
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Sep 12 2008
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Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   1.20 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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Did this trail in conjunction with the Cholla trail, trailhead-trailhead-trailhead starting at Cholla TH.

This was one of those experiences I'll never forget! After summiting from the Cholla trail, I started heading down via Echo Canyon. About halfway down the trail, I stepped in a tight spot between two small boulders, and when I picked my foot back out, it ripped the back half of the sole on my right shoe off! As I walked farther down I started worrying that the whole sole may come off before I could get all the way back to my car. With every step, the back of the sole slapped loud and hard against my heel! Then, maybe 15-20 minutes later, the sole on my left foot thought it was missing out on something fun at my expense, so it decided to just do the EXACT same thing. I can't tell you how stupid I looked, hiking down the trail with two large hiking boot flip-flops. With every step, they made a loud flip-flop type sound, which caused more than one head to turn :oops: .

When I reached the Echo Canyon TH, I was a bit nervous. I checked my backpack and realized I had no sort of tape at all. So by this time I'm going through the names of all those I know in the area thinking, "I wonder who I could call who could run out here with some gorilla glue or duct tape." Couldn't think of anyone who was available. I then saw a City of Phoenix worker patching the cement on the water faucet at the Echo Canyon Trailhead, and I say, "Excuse me, sir, I've got a bit of a problem here." I show him my two mondo-flip flops and say, "You got any glue, or duct tape you can spare? I still have to go back to the Cholla trailhead." He looks at me and laughs, says, "You people are just crazy out here," and then says, "You know, I don't know, I don't carry stuff like that on my truck, but let's see." He then spends a few minutes digging into every compartment of his truck, while I'm praying to God, calling in favors. :pray: He then finally pulls out a partial role of duct tape that was obviously several years old, it didn't even want to separate from the roll.

This nice Phoenix employee looks at a boulder in front of me and says, "Throw her up there," and he starts wrapping my right boot for me. He tells me this reminds him of his days as a medic in Vietnam. He then tosses me the roll and says, "Here, keep the change." I hop on over to a bench to wrap the other boot.

With a new boost of confidence, I take off back up Echo Canyon. Saw a really cool caterpillar and big lizard (see photoset).

Took less than an hour to flip-flop down, and an hour to go back up. All told, 3:45 TH-TH-TH.

Difficulty (for me): :sweat: :sweat: 1/2 (of 5)

Took just over an hour going up, about 45 minutes down after finishing Echo Canyon, for 1:50 total. Total for both hikes, 3:45. Trail had nice view of the Phoenician! Really enjoyed hiking the ridgeline. My Echo Canyon portion of this trip was a bit more interesting...check it out ;)
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Sep 05 2008
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 Tucson, AZ
Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking7.00 Miles 368 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.21 mph
368 ft AEG
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Left the TH at 6:50am, really nice and actually a little cool for a startout! Was kind of aggravating on the outbound hike, as the mosquitoes were out en masse and ate me alive (I guess they liked me more than Denny). I was bitten all over...what I get for have no repellent at all on me!

At one stretch Denny took the lead, and came within a step or two of a diamondback rattler. It was still early in the morning and he was trying to warm up; he was very dormant. He blended in with the rocks on the trail so well that it was a surprise for him. He was probably a 4-footer, but he had a good set of buttons on his rattler, and he really didn't care to move. I didn't get any decent pictures of him, but check his photoset, he posted a great shot. Even getting to the end of the trail at second water, in the shade it was really nice for a hot summer's day in the shade down there.

One helpful thing to keep in mind on this trail that I didn't see much of on prior posts is that just before you make that 490-foot descent to the creek, you come to a mini-saddle area. There is a faint trail that continues on straight ahead, but that is not the trail to take. Instead, take the trail to the right that has the immediate descent; it quickly bends back around to the direction you want to go.

We really took our time on the outbound, at 2 hours, but even with the ascent coming back with our picked-up pace we were back to the car in 70 minutes.

Difficulty (for me): :sweat: 1/2 (of 5)
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Sep 05 2008
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 Tucson, AZ
Treasure Loop Trail #56Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking2.40 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles      47 Mns   3.06 mph
500 ft AEG
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We decided to throw in this hike after coming back from Second Water. Nice little exercise...not much shade!! :sweat:

Difficulty for me: :sweat: 1/2 (of 5)
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Aug 30 2008
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 Tucson, AZ
Papago Buttes - Papago ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking1.90 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.90 Miles
100 ft AEG
 
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First time trying to climb a peak with my son...a little hot, even early this morning. Will have to save it for a little later...
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Aug 25 2008
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Humphreys B-24 Bomber Crash SiteFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking6.15 Miles 1,680 AEG
Hiking6.15 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   1.68 mph
1,680 ft AEG
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This without a doubt the most enjoyable hike I've done up to now. Involved a bit of geocaching in trying to find the site with the GPS, beauty through the forest on the Summit trail and from the nice western views at the site, a holy moment in getting there and just letting the gravity of the crash hit you as it's strewn all over a large swath of the mountain, and of course some exercise.

Actually made a loop out of this hike because I took the wrong route going up, which worked out fine! Once we passed the memorial sign to the fallen men of the B-24, rather than going straight and making it to the sign-in box, we made an immediate right up the meadow (a ski slope) across several swichbacks to a spot that was maybe 0.6 mi from the crash site. We went off trail where there was a much smaller rock wall (actually just a big pile of rocks), but if you continue this trail beyond that point, it actually then takes you back under the Agassiz skilift, and who knows where after that! Because I hadn't realized up until hitting the skilift that I started approaching the skilift that I was off trail, I called wallyfarak, who had just arrived home the night before from our hike up to the summit via Inner Basin, who suggested I go back to my rock wall (or rock pile!), which ended up being the jumpstart I needed to start off-trail. The GPS I borrowed showed when arriving to the crash site that we had gone 3.05 mi, so it really didn't add much in distance to the hike, although it did call for more off-the-path scrambling to the site. We then picked up the trail described in this post to head back down.

I spent over an hour up there, looking at different pieces. One of the things which intrigued me the most were some little yellow flags I found on the ground at the site. If you are at the bottom of the crash site and imagine a clock over the whole crash area, these flags were found in the 1:00-2:00 position. There are some pictures of them in my photos post. Anyone know what they might have been for? Possibly locations of remains when the recovery was done??

Went with a couple of friends who admitted they weren't quite as in shape, and one of them had a hard time with the elevation, and was having difficulty with nausea on the descent actually (not the ascent). So we took several breaks. He also had a little volcano butt going, which led for a long stop. :whistle:

Difficulty for me: :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: 1/2 (of 5 ... because of route-finding off trail)
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Aug 23 2008
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 Tucson, AZ
Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking15.80 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   7 Hrs   45 Mns   2.31 mph
4,400 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
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We started at the TH just after 5:30a, on a clear and beautiful morning. This was one of the hardest hikes I've done, but it was definitely worth it! The roughest part of the hike was the steeper elevation at the end of the Inner Basin Trail (just before joining into Weatherford), and the final push beyond Agassiz Saddle to the summit (going downhill after all of that elevation climbing, and seeing another uphill push to the top).

wallyfarak and rally_toad were booking it uphill consistently at 4.5 mph (according to my GPS), and Tortoise Hiker and I finally quit trying to keep up with them. Otherwise, it was going to be all pain and no pleasure. Glad we did that. Was good to have Wally's company and conversation too, though, on the way down! :)

On the way up we ran into several elk, the bull was calling his harem to join him...but I was on the trail in between them. Wish I could have gotten a picture! My camera takes forever to warm up for a picture, and then it blurs out half the time.

Didn't experience any altitude sickness : app :, although I was a bit winded at times! I made it to the top at 9:35...was surprised to see all the flies and other bugs up there! There was another hippie guy there with his tie die t-shirt, enjoying a play on his harmonica.

At 10am, while still on the summit, I noticed the first small thundercloud form overhead, so I decided to enjoy the views no longer. On my trip down the clouds grew and grew, to the point that by the time I was on the final leg of the Inner Basin Trail the sky was completely covered in thunderclouds. Thankfully we made it to camp before the rains started. So I ended out going up in 4 hours and down in just under 3...average, I guess.

I called the local forest ranger to ask if my Civic could make the dirt road to Lockett Meadow, and he said he "thought" so, so I didn't take a chance. I'm glad I didn't. I so wish I could get a Jeep Patriot!!

I arrived in Lockett Meadow about 1:15pm the day before to secure a camping spot before the fight for spaces began, only to realize the fight was over...all 17 spots were already taken! I'm actually glad though, because we backtracked a mile and found a much nicer, secluded spot with an incredible view.
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Aug 22 2008
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 Tucson, AZ
Lava River Cave TubeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking1.50 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.29 mph
50 ft AEG
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Was a great hike to do with friends. No wildlife in there at all as the sign at the entrance warns. Used to watching down at my feet and to the sides (for wildlife), it's weird to be watching up as well (for parts of the cave that might knock you in the head!).

Looked like if you could squeeze through a tiny opening at the end of the cave it went a little farther, would be curious to know how much farther. Probably not much more. Anyone ever tried it?

Difficulty for me: :sweat: (of 5)
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Aug 18 2008
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 Tucson, AZ
Mogollon Rim Vista LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking16.80 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking16.80 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.69 mph
2,300 ft AEG
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Also included hike from Drew Trail 291 to the See Canyon 184 TH, an extra 4.2 mi RT.

Hiked up the rim via the Sinkhole Trail, and the views up there were just awesome. The flora up there was beautiful too...wildflowers everywhere once you get on top! :budrose: Followed the top trail, but once I reach the unmarked campsite on the map (Mogollon CG) the trail actually died. I went to the forest ranger there, that was no help. I showed him where the fairly well marked trail came into the campground and asked him where it continued on west, and his response was "I don't know, there are so many trails all over this damned place". ](*,) After several minutes of searching all over the west end of the CG, I decided to just go to the Rim Road and go west, then went through Carr Lake CG (not on the map, it's the spot on the map near where Rim Road 300 and TR 9350 intersect), and hike south through the CG to 9350, then followed 9350 west to the Drew 291 TH.

Probably shouldn't have added on the extra hike to the See Canyon TH, because once I got back to the intersection with Drew to do the final piece on the map it starting thundering, and then raining, and then hailing buckets of pea-sized hail. The hard rain and hail continued for the full 4.7 miles of that last piece of the trip. The trail soon became a full stream. :-({|=

Along this part I also ran into a nice bull elk with a full rack on it. We startled each other; he was maybe 200 yards from me, and he took off.


Difficulty: :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: (distance, particularly in a hailstorm!)
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Aug 17 2008
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 Tucson, AZ
Willow Springs Lake, AZ 
Willow Springs Lake, AZ
 
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Hiking0.40 Miles 25 AEG
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25 ft AEG
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Hiked around part of Willow Springs Lake, just west of Forest Lakes off of 260. Lots of people out there fishing. Lots of crayfish around! We even saw one hawk that caught a crayfish that a fisherman had just snagged, and the bird was flying off with the line attached to it, trying to haul it (and the line) into a nearby tree.
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Aug 16 2008
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Tonto Natural BridgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking1.50 Miles 500 AEG
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500 ft AEG
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What a fun hike. Took all the kids out there, and they had a BLAST!
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Aug 16 2008
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Shoofly Village RuinsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking0.25 Miles 1 AEG
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Nice little hike to take the kids on. I took the kids on it and they had fun. It looks like it's not being maintained anymore by the Park Service...the toilet/outhouse there was in disrepair. The hiking trails, once paved, are not being maintained and are eroding and being taken over in places by vegetation. Not much to see there, but worth a stopin if you're driving by...
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Aug 11 2008
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Dixie Peak 2,429 - Phoenix PreservesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2008
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Hiking3.20 Miles 924 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.13 mph
924 ft AEG
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Nice hike. Didn't write down trail directions, thinking with it being the Phoenix Mountain Preserves that I'd just find them at signs on or along the TH, but not the case. Now I see that you are supposed to follow Quartz Ridge Trail #8 from the 40th St. entrance, and then veer off to the left/uphill and follow the trail to the top. Went in a little ways then went back out to the car to double-check by bearings, so ended up adding 0.7 miles onto the hike, going back the way I started in the first place :doh: Warm day out, I took advantage of the two or three larger mesquite trees that offered rare opportunities for shade along the way, once I started scaling the mountain.

Difficulty: :sweat: :sweat: (of 5)
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Aug 11 2008
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Peak 1955 - PHX Mtn Preserves, AZ 
Peak 1955 - PHX Mtn Preserves, AZ
 
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Hiking1.80 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   1.66 mph
450 ft AEG
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This hike isn't currently posted as a hike, and it's nothing terribly special, but I enjoyed it. It involved taking the TH not on the south end of the parking lot which parallels 40th St., but rather taking the other TH on the west end of the parking lot. From there you head toward the mountain facing you to the west that is before you.

Once summitting, there are a couple of nice places on the rock where you can stretch out and get a tan, take a nap, whatever you're looking for...as these slabs of slick, flat rock form perfect lookouts. While up there I watched a roadrunner run around, and then fly short distances back off the peak.
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Aug 01 2008
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Tonto NarrowsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Canyoneering4.00 Miles 135 AEG
Canyoneering4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.45 mph
135 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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HAZ - Event
Started early...left Mesa at 5:40am and there around 7am. Nice water...it was brown/dirty, but not unswimmable...just not clear, which made jumping risky. Hoped to get farther, but think we stopped at what most people consider as the second swimming hole. Never made it to the creek or the waterfall, unfortunately. There was a bend going around to the southeast that seemed kind of difficult to pass; we started to try to hike up the south wall to the very top and come back down, but decided to call it quits at that point and get in the water. There were guys jumping off a 40+ foot ledge and down into the water...crazy! Saw several interesting spiders and insects out there as well, along with a few frogs, lizards, rabbit, etc.

Difficulty: :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: (of 5), due to all the scrambling
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Jul 18 2008
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 Tucson, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 18 2008
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Canyoneering2.00 Miles 700 AEG
Canyoneering2.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   0.89 mph
700 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Out there early, hoping to see a good bit of water, but no such luck. There were some clear puddles of water, but after going a mile or so in, I only found a couple deep enough to jump into, and they weren't so clean :o . Nice in the canyon early morning, but as soon as the sun cleared the canyon walls, with the humidity in there as high as it is, not too comfortable :sweat: so I ditched after that. Look forward to going back there when I know the water's higher (and not so ridiculously hot).

Difficulty: :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: of 5 (because of all the scrambling and climbing)
Fauna
Fauna
Millipede
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Jul 12 2008
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 Tucson, AZ
Homolovi RuinsNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2008
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Hiking1.00 Miles 136 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
136 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Didn't get very far, as had the kids with me 8-[ Able to see Homolovi II, as well as a site that was being excavated by a team of archaeologists who had received a grant from National Geographic. Did a dig for 5 weeks, and alas, if you didn't see it already, it's too late, as the team's last day was July 14, and then they covered the ruins all back over with sand to protect them ... :cry: They did find some interesting stuff out there.

One of the archaeologists on the team told me that they selected the location by (1) looking for saltbushes and scattered pottery on top of the ground (saltbush plants can only grow where there is deep sand, which would have been deposited over time after being dug up...they can't penetrate the harder dirt that's originally been there) ... and then (2) by sticking electric probes into the ground and running electricity between them (when the probes conduct better, it's because of a mineral in the original packed earth there; electricity won't go through the sand as well).

Hope to go back again later, and do all of the trails there...

Difficulty: 1 :sweat: (out of 5)
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Jun 21 2008
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 Tucson, AZ
Himalayas trip (around Sonamarg, India), WW 
Himalayas trip (around Sonamarg, India), WW
 
Backpack avatar Jun 21 2008
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Backpack5.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Backpack5.00 Miles3 Days         
1,000 ft AEG
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Hiked some spots around northern Kashmir, while doing some humanitarian work up there, to reach different villages of the Gurjjar people. Areas included Sonamarg, Bastal, Amarnath, and Thajwas.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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