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Feb 24 2016
Jonnybackpack
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Ramsey Box Canyon (Nature Conservancy), AZ 
Ramsey Box Canyon (Nature Conservancy), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2016
Jonnybackpack
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I was honored with a recent invite to all of the Nature Conservancy's preserves in Arizona. Not the Hiker, or photographer that I am, no that wouldn't garner much. They merely wanted me for my brewing company :) That's fine, I obliged. The story will develop more in time, but for HAZ I wanted to showcase some rarely seen areas, due to the fact that it's private property. First up: Ramsey Canyon. The box canyon is 1/2 mile into the preserve, and just amazing. Green, luscious, vibrant moss was seen through the crystal clear Ramsey Creek and as the canyon formed, towering red/blue/ grey rock instantly appeared as if we were transported to another world. At 10:45 a, as I waited for the perfect reflected Winter light, I got it. WOW, did it deliver! Blues, Reds, Orange, Yellow...the whole color spectrum really showed! Just a few hundred feet above, the towering pillars of sandstone showed some of the brightest lichen I've ever seen. I could have stayed in that 1000 ft long box canyon for days! But, onward, up the unkempt, natural, surreal Ramsey Creek. The igneous rock in this area was unlike anything else seen on the climb towards Miller Peak. A 10 foot waterfall sprayed over a mossy ledge, the right side of the falls being the base of an old sycamore. The roots shot under the falls, creating a ridiculously beautiful scene, straight out of the Pac North West. Above the falls was some scrambling. Choose left: one of the best lookouts one could imagine. Choose right: A playful creek meets hard rock, making its twists and turns more creative and impossible that its upstream showcase. Traveling upstream, we eventually left the preserve, finding the footpath used to climb the canyon. We turned around here. Why travel this when we are guests of the preserve? So, we took root, albeit for a day, in an area which gets little visits.

I hope my photography captures the magic, as I truly was in heaven.
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Ramsey Canyon
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Dec 06 2014
Jonnybackpack
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 Photos 450
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 06 2014
Jonnybackpack
Canyoneering3.00 Miles 950 AEG
Canyoneering3.00 Miles
950 ft AEG
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For the second year in a row, I headed to this canyon for some Fall colors. Last year, the creek was rushing strong after some intense rain. That was nice, but the slower pace of the water allowed for some serenity. I really love this canyon even with the litter from the idiots out there!
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Meteorology
Moon
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Mar 29 2014
Jonnybackpack
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Gibraltar's Mountain Wilderness, AZ 
Gibraltar's Mountain Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2014
Jonnybackpack
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Why not pick a random wilderness and just go? This one is a bit off the grid, south of the Bill Williams River and east of Parker. Don't get lost here, it's a place that you could whither up in real fast! The roads in? Oh boy. 4 Wheel drive! I decided it was a bit mundane so I went all black and white photography. We awoke to a rather close and loud growling sound :scared: and that ruined the nights sleep. Then we woke to some pre-sunrise rain (unexpected) Overall, this is a beautiful area to explore with zero humans around. Just lots of open mines. Some in the ground....be careful of that!
Culture
Culture
Ghost? Mine Shaft
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Dec 21 2013
Jonnybackpack
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Sawyer Peak 4293 - Black Mtns - Tres AlamosNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Car Camping avatar Dec 21 2013
Jonnybackpack
Car Camping5.00 Miles 1,630 AEG
Car Camping5.00 Miles
1,630 ft AEG
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chumley
My brewery released the " Tres Alamos Tripel" last week and I was ashamed that I hadn't been there. Also, we needed the beer's label photo, so I grabbed my dog, camera, and Chumley and ventured out! The photography wasn't great, but the landscape is amazing. J trees were all up in diz place. Chumley showed me why 4 wheel drive and not caring about your paint job is the AZ way. There is a pretty amazing canyon along the Date Creek just inside the TA Wilderness that, when flowing, would be a stunning waterfall. It seems to have a pool at the base of it all year. Really though, the Joshua trees, all of the rancher's wells, old trucks,and other artifacts could keep you busy for a couple of days.

P.S. We didn't bag any peaks because a certain someone was withered like a 40 year old prune from the aforementioned beer. :stretch: :-({|=
Flora
Flora
Joshua Tree
Fauna
Fauna
Dog
Geology
Geology
Natural Arch
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Nov 30 2013
Jonnybackpack
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2013
Jonnybackpack
Hiking2.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
700 ft AEG
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This is my go to quick over-nighter. Some water still flowing made a peaceful song to sleep to. I love how lucky we are to be able to be in the Wilderness within 45 minutes.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated

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Nov 24 2013
Jonnybackpack
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 24 2013
Jonnybackpack
Canyoneering6.30 Miles 950 AEG
Canyoneering6.30 Miles
950 ft AEG
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azpride and I fought the good fight to see this fall splendor. AWESOME is the word. It was fun to see some young bucks struggle to fight currents while drinking swill and smoking cancers, all while wearing cowboy hats. I spent to much time on one photo wading waste deep and went numb :o Water makes things GREAT.
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Nov 21 2013
Jonnybackpack
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Peloncillo Wilderness, AZ 
Peloncillo Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2013
Jonnybackpack
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Needed a photo of this area for an up coming beer we are brewing. This place is rugged! On the drive in from San Simon, a rancher's wife spotted us and drove to us with a few questions (why are you here mostly). She noted that this isn't an area she normally sees hikers in. A while back a guy wondered in and was never found, according to her. She also said, "This place has mystery." :scared: The first night we watched storms move in and decided to camp in the truck bed. We awoke to rain and then we traveled down Ward Canyon a few miles and saw at least 10 caves. It's like the Supes with ZERO human activity.
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Nov 01 2013
Jonnybackpack
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Reavis Ranch Trail #109Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2013
Jonnybackpack
Hiking16.50 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles
2,900 ft AEG
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The legend of Pat Rick and I trekked out for apples to brew with, and to meet the crazy group of HAZers. We arrived Friday evening to a handsome group of folks. The camp fire? Yeah that was there. Great People? Yup! Libations? Lots! Early the next morning awoke and picked apples. So much climbing, so little reward. Though we did find bunches of apples, they were half eaten and worm filled (that fine :? ..I think?). We heading out after a breakfast beer and a few high fives. We did found the "Secret trees" to be guarded by a dead deer carcass hanging from a tree :scared: OK the hunter was there too (with his gun). He politely said, "Them apples is mine." Fine. We hiked out with what he gathered. :D
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Mar 02 2013
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 02 2013
Jonnybackpack
Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering3.50 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Wet suit? I THINK NOT :o ! Look, don't do this in early March without a DRYsuit. It's cold and will shut your bloodstream down fast. That's why I wanted to do it now though, I needed a little AZ man-up kinda adventure. My 13 lb Schnauzer made the trip via blow up floatie and had a blast and stayed dry. We had lunch in a small spot of sun, and shot the falls as my teeth chattered. My highlight of the day was the struggle to swim into the current to get to the base of the falls, then you can REALLY see the force of this water. Right behind that was getting out in the warm sun and hiking out.
Geology
Geology
Slot Canyon
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Feb 23 2013
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2013
Jonnybackpack
Hiking7.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
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Night one was ruined by road closures, so car camping was in a spot not far off of Dry Creek Road. Just wasn't feeling it for the area like I used to 10 years ago (being that it's now luxury homes, golf courses, and escalades driving around), so early day 2 I snagged a photo of Secret Canyon and decided to head to Wet Beaver Wilderness and explore. Saw a few cars in the parking lot, and most of them were heading out while we hiked in. The Crack may be all the rage in the summer but its desolate in the winter. Swimming with fizzy yellow beer and floating around doesn't appeal to me, like snow on the ground and rushing creeks all to myself. This place is a playground for guys like me. This was my first time to the area, and the crack was , IMO, well... your average swimming hole. Upstream is a different story! So pristine and wild the way I like it. My cousin Geoffrey is normally low key, but he was pretty excited to find a 10 foot waterfall flowing from a side canyon a short ways past the crack. To sunny to photo the falls, we HAD to press on up this side canyon. Mind you, I brought my 13 lbs Schnauzer and everything needs to be plotted out more carefully with her. She was up to the task (with a little human intervention at times), and we had a blast exploring this canyon. We got back 1/5-3/4 miles-ish and hit a ledge that would be difficult even without a dog and a camera. So, we swam the 15 foot pool in frigid snow melt water deep in a canyon with little sun. It was a great experience to say the least. My dog even braved the cold water and made it across with a smile. Up the canyon, it is beautiful but the flow turned to a trickle and we decided back to the main creek. I went upstream to the first swimmer and couldn't stand the thought of returning, however, still wet and cold from the first swim, I returned back to my hiking mates who were basking on cliffs in the 4 o'clock sun that was just about to leave this canyon in the shadows. Water fall photog shoot time! After that we headed out into the setting sun and had a imperial stout or two and headed back to the valley. Another good day exploring AZ :D
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Feb 12 2013
Jonnybackpack
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2013
Jonnybackpack
Hiking5.85 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles
2,900 ft AEG
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Siphon draw with 55 lbs is a great workout. Snow, cold, wind made this a unique experience for photography and sleeping for that matter. Took the ridge line for about 3 miles to the best views of Superstition Peak, and watched storms pass. We are lucky to have this gem so close to us!
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Sunrise Sunset
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Jan 19 2013
Jonnybackpack
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Devil's Punch Bowl Falls Napa, CA 
Devil's Punch Bowl Falls Napa, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2013
Jonnybackpack
Hiking2.20 Miles
Hiking2.20 Miles
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On a little "business trip" I had a few hours to explore an area that we all can agree is as good as it gets in the USA (that being Napa Valley, Ca.). From Santa Rosa, I took the St Helena Highway to Angwin over the most epic and beautiful drive I could ask for. The "parking area" is a dead end road that transitions into a private drive to a family owned winery. There are only a few areas to park, but not to worry many people travel this path in the winter. Starting from the opening in the gate, heaven like greenery, birds, and flowing water lead my way. I almost started skipping :whistle: . It's a fairly steep grade down a 1 miles (or so) two track trail in a dense redwood/oak forest. There are pumps and water lines the whole way day, taking water to locals I am assuming. Kind of annoying, seeing how secluded it is. It's fairly easy to find the unmarked trail to the falls (aprox. 1000 ft to the falls down a steep ridge to the right.) The falls roar is amplified by the "punch bowl" and it adds to the excitement before you even see it. The creek is several mountain drainages meeting upstream, so after some rains it seems likely you'll have a few weeks of good flow. To get to the bottom of the falls you must cross the creek and follow a narrow footpath that clings to the steep ride for a few hundred feet, then a short scramble gets you to the creek level. The 14 foot waterfall flows gracefully among redwoods and oaks, with moss clinging to every rock it possibly can. I tried to show the amazing beauty of this place in my photos (not possible). In the winter/spring the "green" is in full force and that is also a time when you may be there for hours alone, as I found myself that way. I highly recommend this for anyone, it's relatively easy, and high rewards are to be found!
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Dec 31 2012
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2012
Jonnybackpack
Hiking4.80 Miles 337 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
337 ft AEG
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I've always wanted to return and explore this area, and why not on New Years Eve. The light really delivered! This is a great way to see that last light on Weaver's, and I thought this would be my composition. That is until I climbed the ridge overlooking Hackberry Springs and found a lone, un-shot :D , and certainly lovely saguaro in an inlet collecting warm sunlight. SO GOOD! A great way to end the year.
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Dec 15 2012
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36 male
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 queen creek, az
Brins Mesa Trail #119Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2012
Jonnybackpack
Hiking3.60 Miles 541 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
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This is now my official "go to" when nature throws some amazing elements my way and I don't know if it will turn for the worst. AKA a safe bet. The trail head is easily accessible, the trail isn't terribly difficult, and the views are ENDLESS. Pound for pound this is a top 10 for me. Angel falls flows off of Wilson and was our original destination. That is now 5 times that Angel Falls messed with my brain! This wasn't the storm to get that baby flowing, however, when we realized that fact, we returned to the Brins trail via 6 inch of snow bushwhack through thickets of manzanita and juniper. Up onto the mesa! The new destination was "the tree" http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=172254 and up we climbed. The ground was, as I stated while hiking, "sweet potatoes" being its consistency and color made me want to add butter. The snow was heavy at times and the cold hadn't affected us yet. Honestly, it was as good as it gets. The top of the mesa was fog ridden and we headed NE towards the tree. Chumley turned around and said, "This isn't a freakin mesa, it's a mountain!" (The tree is a bit higher than Brins Mesa) Then he turned and fought his was up through the cold and snow with a smile. Upon arriving, I panicked. WHERE WAS THE TREE!?!?!?! I have seen it in so many seasons, and storms. I told it secrets and shared beer with it. I even hugged it once, as any good long haired tree huger would. :o GONE. pumpkin x 10 :( . Anyways, the weather drama kept building and my tears kept freezing so I got into photography mode. Well after a beer then I go into photography mode. WOW the next 30 minutes were like watching a dramatic horror romantic comedy all combined. Dense fog turned to glorious warm sunshine lighting distant red rocks turned to blizzard like conditions. A manic depression low pressure system as I call it. It was AWESOME! My feet and my soul started to get cold and it really limited my artistic drive. Todd and Geoffrey had built a snowman and were having the time of their lives as I ran around framing up scenes. We all decided that we liked our feet to much to stay any longer and headed back to Oak Creek Brewing Co for a beer! Life is GOOD.
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Dec 08 2012
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36 male
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 queen creek, az
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 08 2012
Jonnybackpack
Canyoneering11.00 Miles 200 AEG
Canyoneering11.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Aravaipa delivers again! The weather was PERFECT, horse camp was a beautiful camp spot, and so were the little secrets that pop up in small corners of this place. This canyon is meant to be explored, not hiked. Till next year, I will dream of this place a whole bunch.
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Nov 23 2012
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 queen creek, az
Parsons Trail #144Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2012
Jonnybackpack
Hiking5.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
600 ft AEG
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Chumley suggested this (though he wimped out), and I am glad he did. It was my first time in this part of the state, and love was flowing towards it! I think my hiking partner/brewing partner and I developed a few beer recipes while sitting enjoying the serenity of the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness! This trip gets many exclamation points!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
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Nov 10 2012
Jonnybackpack
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36 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Reavis Ranch via 109 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2012
Jonnybackpack
Hiking18.60 Miles 2,824 AEG
Hiking18.60 Miles
2,824 ft AEG
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The photos speak for themselves. This one was one for the books, as much fun was had. Imagine yourself with: All sorts of varying HAZers, Thanksgiving dinner, a goat, guitars, cookies, scotch, beer, fire water, and whiskey, huge amounts of camp fire, snow storms at night, libations, schnauzer, T.I.T.S, cartwheels, fall colors, bear scat, more bear scat, wild apples, and much more all in the Supes. AWESOME is the outcome. See you for 2.0!
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Sep 11 2012
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 queen creek, az
Tortilla-Fish MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2012
Jonnybackpack
Hiking5.75 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles
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This is one of my favorite superstition hikes. Throw in monsoon drama, pockets of wildflowers, and a 80 degree September day...well I'll surely have my cake and eat it. The Jeep road is usually an obstacle, but this day it was lined with budding flowers and puddles. About .5 miles was an incredible section of purple morning glory flowers pretending it was March. They were speckled with water from the days rain still. I watched a dramatic sunset light up Fish Creek Canyon with Four Peaks off in the distance also collecting an intense glow. Wow an amazing moment :D! The hike back was somewhat lonely and dark, but well worth it to see that sunset.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Aug 25 2012
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36 male
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 queen creek, az
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 25 2012
Jonnybackpack
Backpack11.00 Miles 200 AEG
Backpack11.00 Miles2 Days         
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This was my first non fall trip to Aravaipa and it was simply amaing. A Rattle snake :o , mountain lions :scared: , and good old fashion fun sums it up. John planned, drove, and got the permits, thanks!. Oh yeah, and put up with my long photo shoots! Great trip as always, I definitely have a connection with this wonderful place.
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Jul 07 2012
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36 male
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 queen creek, az
600-Mile Weekend Adventure, AZ 
600-Mile Weekend Adventure, AZ
 
Scenic Drive avatar Jul 07 2012
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Scenic Drive
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As much as I say that I really dislike the month of July, I secretly enjoy the pain of the sun so that the bliss of the rim can save my soul. It has been a long summer already for me, and this trip was what the doctor ordered. Storms, nice breeze, sunsets, sunrise, lakes, knolls, dogs, craft beer, and COOL weather. Good state we got here....
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