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 Tucson, AZ
Tumacacori Chiltepins, AZ 
Tumacacori Chiltepins, AZ
 
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I decided to go back to the area I scoped out in January that looked like it might be promising to find one of the elusive wild chiltepin pepper plants. In January everything was dormant, so I figured going now still in the growing season I might have better luck spotting one. I wasn't going to hike very far, so I wasn't worried about being out in the midday sun. Still, it was pretty warm, and due to the insane amount of plant growth thanks to our really rainy summer, the route finding was slow going. Very tough bushwhacking conditions out there right now, with the heavy growth hiding all the nasty stuff down low, and plenty of catsclaw, etc. to battle through. After getting pretty bloodied up I made it to the area I wanted to search some. Didn't find anything and I was getting pretty warm, so I sought out some shade (pretty limited out there) to take a break and drink some water. I realized I was likely going to be skunked again in my search, as I needed to head back. I was sort of disappointed, but then I looked around before leaving and suddenly there was what I was looking for! Wow, what a lucky break. :y: Gathered some of the peppers and headed back to the truck. Got bloodied up even more on the return, but I got what I came for, and now don't have to go back down there again. Yay!

Stopped at Wisdom's DOS in Tubac for some food and drink to celebrate my good fortune in the chile quest. :D By the way, DOS is closing down in December, with the staff and operation moving back to the original Wisdom's in Tumacacori, where it will be consolidated with additional space. I actually was kind of surprised to find out about the move, since they have been expanding the operation in Tubac in recent years.
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Box Canyon Dam - Santa Rita, AZ 
Box Canyon Dam - Santa Rita, AZ
 
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Early autumn views following the wet summer. Great time of year with less intense sunlight and the green of summer fading away.

[ youtube video ]
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 Tucson, AZ
Florida Canyon-Santa Rita, AZ 
Florida Canyon-Santa Rita, AZ
 
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The purpose of this little jaunt was to collect some seeds of the Scarlet Creeper plant from the dying vines, which were ridiculously abundant this summer. I had gathered some while in the Chiricahua Mountains in early September, but the pods were still green and the seeds possibly immature, so I wanted to find some that I knew were viable. I almost waited too long, since I needed to see a flower to be sure I was gathering the right ones. These summer vines can look pretty similar and tend to all twine together. Fortunately there were a few that still had some late flowers, so mission accomplished. :) I didn't have to go far up the trail, and basically hung around near the research station in my quest. The amount of plant growth everywhere I have been this summer has been off the charts. :o
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Water Canyon/Magdalena, NM 
Water Canyon/Magdalena, NM
 
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An 896 mile road trip to New Mexico with the focal point being purchasing some fresh roasted green chile from Rosales Produce in Escondida (near Socorro). I made a loop out of it, spending the first night in Las Cruces, a place I like and haven't been to in awhile. My go to lodging there is the Best Western. Quiet, off the beaten track, and a wonderful old property on Main Street. After checking in, I drove over to Mesilla to have dinner at at one of my favorite spots, Andele. After dinner, I drove back up to the roadside rest on the west entrance to town to get some photos of the recycled roadrunner, and keep my eye on thunderstorms which were encroaching from the northwest. :D

The next day was going to be a grind, driving up to get my green chiles at Socorro, then heading west back toward Arizona on US 60, with no concrete plan in place as to route or where I would spend night two. Normally, I don't like that kind of uncertainty on a trip. I usually have everything planned out and lined up before I leave (route and lodging). When I got to Socorro, I first went to get the chile roasted, then back to town to get ice to chill them down in the extra ice chest for the trip back home. Before leaving Socorro, I stopped at the old classic Capitol Bar (another favorite) to try one of their beers, now that they are brewing their own. A fellow walked in, sat near me, and and we ended up having a great hour long (at least) conversation about all sorts of things related to the area (he a 40+ year resident). I love it when that happens!

I wanted to take a side trip to Water Canyon in the Magdalena Mountains, a place I have been to before; just wanted to see it again and reflect on the good campouts I have enjoyed there (a memory lane nostalgia thing you know : wink : ). Next I stopped at Magdalena for some photos, then it was on west past the VLA to Datil. Most of the time I turn south there and head back to Arizona via Reserve, Glenwood, and Mule Creek, but since I was carrying extra cargo this trip, I wasn't going to sleep in the truck, so decided to head to Show Low and motel it. I was able to get a room at the Kiva Motel, where I have stayed before (inexpensive, clean, and just right). :)

Got an early start out of Show Low next morning for the fun drive to Globe via Salt River Canyon. From there it was on to Winkelman, Mammoth, and home (got there at about 11 AM). It was an uneventful drive the whole way, but I was surprised by the extent of the fire/flood damage along the highway south of Globe. :o :cry:

The first three photos in my set are from Las Cruces.

Interesting side note: I just found this report while looking at the website for the Magdalena District of Cibola National Forest. My name is mentioned in a photo credit for the historic tree blaze of the possible site of the murder and burial place of the Apache Kid in the San Mateo Mountains. I stopped in for a visit once at the Grassy Peak Fire Lookout and had a great conversation with the man on duty Richard Krause, who is a history buff. He told me about this place and I later went up with a hiker friend to photo document it for him. Guess it made its way to this report: 8)

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 277302.pdf
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Sep 10 2021
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73 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Camp RuckerTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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In the morning I saw a Facebook post from Coronado NF about some work that was recently done by volunteers down at Camp Rucker. I had been meaning to get back to West Turkey Creek and Rucker Canyon to see how things looked in this super productive monsoon season anyway, but seeing the post sealed the deal! Out the door I went to visit some old favorites (but not early: I left at 11 and didn't get home until 10PM :lol: ). I started with West Turkey Creek and finished the day down Rucker way. Visiting the two areas would entail 285 miles of driving from Tucson for the day, so I knew with the late start I couldn't linger too long in any one place. But, this trip was about enjoying the great scenery and doing photography anyway. The focal point was to see the work done at Camp Rucker. When I was there in 2019 it was pretty overgrown and difficult to see the pathways, etc. It is looking pretty good now, with the paths easy to follow. I liked that they left some of the buildings with doors ajar to keep them aired out, and make them inviting for a look see. :)

With the heavy rains gone for awhile, I figured all the main roads I traveled on would have been graded and in good shape, which they were (including Kuykendall Cutoff). It turned out to be a really a fun day! :D
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Moderate at the site, but substantial for many of the areas I drove through for the day.
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West Turkey Creek - Chiricahua, AZ 
West Turkey Creek - Chiricahua, AZ
 
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On the drive in I planned on stopping at Sunsites to get a few things, only to find there was no store/gas. So it was on to Sunizona (junction of US 191 and SR 181), where I knew I could get what I needed at Mustang Mall. I hadn't been in that place in many years and what a pleasant surprise it was! :) I don't keep up with the wine/winery scene, but I know it has really been expanding in Cochise County. So, I had to do a double take when I walked in and saw they had a whole section dedicated to local wines! :o Very cool and at reasonable prices as well. I bought a couple bottles, in addition to the other things I wanted. This store is very important to those living in the area, and has friendly helpful folks running it, along with a good selection of merchandise. Highly recommended!

All I can say is if you are driving around in this part of the state, you better be heads up on your fuel situation. There is gas available at Mustang Mall, Elfrida and McNeal, otherwise you will have to go to Douglas, Willcox, or Benson. The same advice applies if over in the Portal area on the other side of the Chiricahua Mountains, with the closest gas at Animas, New Mexico, otherwise it is on to San Simon or Douglas. One good thing is that the Shady Grove Truck Stop is open again at Road Forks, and has been selling gas for less than Lordsburg.

Everything was looking good along West Turkey Creek, which had a nice flow again. Not too many folks in Sycamore CG. I had to check things out after our bomber summer. :D
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Substantial in places as the summer fades.
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Rucker Canyon - Chiricahua, AZ 
Rucker Canyon - Chiricahua, AZ
 
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After checking out West Turkey Creek it was back out to take Kuykendall Cutoff down to the Rucker Canyon Road, which comes in from US 191. Then it was on to Rucker Canyon. First stop was Camp Rucker, then I drove in as far as I could on the road that heads to Rucker Lake and campgrounds. The campgrounds with the exception of the group area (this is available for single site camping if not reserved) remain closed. The main road is closed at the turnoff to Red Rock Canyon (which is open for dispersed camping from what I could tell).

Loud cicadas [ youtube video ]

Now it was time to start heading home, treated to a nice sunset as I drove out of Rucker Canyon. :)
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Box Canyon Road - Santa Rita, AZ 
Box Canyon Road - Santa Rita, AZ
 
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Lush and Rough!

What a summer this has been. :sweat: After a night camping in the Huachuca Mountains, I continued my survey along some of my favorite roads in Southeast Arizona, to enjoy the "plants gone wild" aftermath of the terrific rainy season. It had only been a few days since this area was pounded by big storms, so the road had not yet been bladed. Wow! It was the roughest I have experienced it :o (and I have been over it many times in many conditions). I didn't take a picture of it, but the waterfall along the way was flowing impressively. Good stuff. :)
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Arivaca Loop, AZ 
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With the insane amount of rain that has fallen this summer, I just had to do this loop drive from Amado to Arivaca to Pena Blanca Lake. It has been one of my favorites for over 40 years, and I knew the scenery was going to be top notch. The day did not disappoint! :D The drive is about 60 miles total and so packed with great sights, no matter if wet or dry. Made the obligatory stop at La Gitana in Arivaca to enjoy a glass of PBR, then it was on my way again. I encountered numerous showers on the the second half of the trip, but nothing that was heavy and could be considered a nuisance. All the water was a bonus and made things more vibrant. :) Oh, did I mention it was really green? :lol: Fun day!

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[ youtube video ]
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lots of fairy duster, caltrops, and morning glories...it's a jungle out there! :sweat:
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QuaraiNorth Central, NM
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This was part of a trip to northern New Mexico. After spending a night at the Rocket Inn in Truth or Consequences, I headed north along scenic routes on my way to two nights in Las Vegas. I like to get off the interstates whenever possible; life in the fast lane does not appeal to me. Highway 55 north from Mountainair, along the east side of the Manzano Mountains, has long been a favorite drive. A stop at Quarai is one of the rewards. Of the three units comprising this national monument, this is my favorite. I have stopped here a number of times over the years and enjoy the loop trail, going counterclockwise. Beautiful setting.

https://www.nps.gov/sapu/index.htm

From Quarai it was northbound, and whereas I usually take Highway 55 over to Estancia and then Highway 41 up through Moriarty to Lamy and I-25, this time I wanted to enjoy a drive on the Turquoise Trail (NM 14). So, it was up NM 337 instead to Tijeras where I picked up NM 14. Yet another great scenic drive. :)
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West Turkey Creek-Chiricahua, AZ 
West Turkey Creek-Chiricahua, AZ
 
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A visit to a long time favorite place, Sycamore Campground along West Turkey Creek. Was expecting someone to show up; they didn't, but not surprised (somewhat whimsical in nature : wink : ). The heat of June was beginning and everything was really parched due to the drought conditions. But, there always is some flow in the creek in places, even in the toughest times. Driving in though there were long stretches with no flow, attesting to this situation. The highlight of the peaceful time was some quiet campers, turkeys wandering about, and a Junco that was going bonkers seeing itself in the vehicle mirrors! That beautiful OCD behavior spanned both days, and entertained me greatly. :lol: On the drive out, I had to stop at the John Ringo gravesite for the zillionth time to check out the changes to the setting. It has lost some of its idyllic charm and the chain link overkill is a bit much. Oh well. :roll:
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Madera Canyon, AZ 
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Just a little leg stretcher on a hot day in a highly stressed forest. Up Super Trail to the Fern Canyon route cutoff, then down to Kent Spring Road, finishing on the Pipeline route back to Super Trail.
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Plank Road/Ocotillo, CA 
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Heading out on my first road trip of 2021! Finally stopped at the old Plank Road historic site in the sand dunes area west of Yuma. From there it was on to Ocotillo, California, where I had hoped to visit the Imperial Valley Desert Museum. Unfortunately it was closed, so that will wait for a future trip. I made my usual stop at the Lazy Lizard for a cold one, before continuing on along County Road S2, a very scenic route into the southern portion of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This is my favorite way to get to Borrego Springs (where I would spend two nights). :) It is not the quickest way, but it passes through some wonderful country, and sees less traffic than other approaches.

I am including some videos about the areas I visited. I really like the videos this fellow produces. Lots of history on out of the way and quirky places. Very well done.

Plank Road: [ youtube video ]
Imperial Valley Desert Museum: [ youtube video ]
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Fairbank, AZ 
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Just out for a drive to get out of town for awhile. Stopped here for a look around on a very warm day (97 degree max temperature at my house).
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 Tucson, AZ
Tumacacori PeakTucson, AZ
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Down for another search for the elusive wild chiltepin plants that are known to be in this area. On previous visits I more or less stuck to the area around the road in the the main Rock Corral Canyon, but this time based on more extensive online research, I decided to concentrate my search in higher areas on the south face of Tumacacori Peak. I parked by the hiker's route to the peak near the end of the upper road. I had not been on this route since I bagged the peak back in 2002, but it seemed to be the same as I can't really remember. :lol: I didn't go too far up this faint, but cairned portion, before I left it and dropped down into the drainage to the right. I thought I saw some flagging in a mesquite tree and decided to snoop around. There was another side drainage heading off to the east and in there I came across a long dead plant with a numbered metal tag attached. Since plants in here were catalogued many years ago, this could be one, but impossible to tell. I continued bushwhacking uphill towards some larger rock formations and I spotted more old flagging in trees. Again, nothing definitive but I came across two more metal tags. Perhaps related to the chiles, perhaps not (though I am guessing probably).

Anyway, this was my first time hiking off trail like this since 2019, so I had to be extremely careful in this remote area. I explored a bit along the lower cliffs and then headed over to a very large rock on the other side of the main drainage. Took a needed break there in the shade of that monster. From there I slowly made my way back down to where I was earlier, then headed out of the drainage and back to the truck. I didn't go very far, but since I am so out of condition, I was pretty exhausted at the end. This is not the best time to be looking for these plants, as they are dormant and have dropped their leaves, but I wanted to get a little searching in before any rain, since the road can get pretty muddy. I drove down here on January 6th, with the intent of looking around, but there were a couple of guys camping down by rock corral where I intended to park. Turns out they were fun to talk with, and I ended up shooting the breeze with them for well over an hour, so not much searching that day! :lol: I couldn't believe how many people were out in the canyon that day, whereas today I saw absolutely no one and encountered no vehicles on the drive in or out. **To be continued I am sure :) **
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Ramsey Canyon Autumn, AZ 
Ramsey Canyon Autumn, AZ
 
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I finally decided I wanted to see some Fall foliage, so off to tried and true Ramsey Canyon it was. I left Tucson at 0730, but should have left at 0700. I got to the parking lot at 0920, and it was nearly full (which didn't surprise me in the least), but I lucked out and found a spot. Enjoyed taking my time working up through the preserve, then headed to the overlook and down into the canyon again to enjoy the section to the Brown Canyon Trail junction. This is my usual turn around spot. As has been noted by others, the colors are a bit understated this year. Doesn't matter though, it's all good. :D Not too many people were encountered past the overlook, but it was really crowded with folks in the main preserve section. I had some nice random conversations with strangers along the way (something I like to do). Always a pleasant, peaceful experience when I visit this special place. :)
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Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, AZ 
Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, AZ
 
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Filed under: something to do.

I wanted to get a quick overnight trip in someplace close to home, and this worked perfectly. I rarely visit this place, so it was nice to head back and check things out a little. :D

https://www.blm.gov/national-conservati ... s-cienegas
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Dragoon Mountains-West, AZ 
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I spent a little time snooping around on the beautiful west side of the Dragoon Mountains. Always a pleasure (cow pies or not)! :D
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Council RocksTucson, AZ
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On my way to the end of the road in West Stronghold Canyon in the Dragoon Mountains, I stopped at Council Rocks for a brief look around. This historical spot is always a fine place to visit and ponder the past. Beautiful boulders and interesting vegetation are to be found here. Don't miss it if you are in the neighborhood.
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Dragoon-West Stronghold, AZ 
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It had been some time since I had driven FR 687/688 all the way to the end where the western terminus of Cochise Stronghold Trail #279 is located. Overall the road is easy on the tires (decomposed granite), but there are a few moderately rocky sections, mainly on FR 688 east of Horse Ranch. 4WD is not needed, but I would recommend a high clearance vehicle. There is evidence of some serious flash flood events in the final mile or so. Also some really nice camp sites are in that section.

The whole drive in from Middlemarch Road is very scenic, plus with places like Sheepshead, Slavin Gulch, and Council Rocks along the way, there is plenty to see and do. A long time favorite area of mine. :)

Camped a little south of Slavin Gulch the night before, and was treated to an incredible light show after dark as storms rolled across from the east. Fortunately, there were no close lightning strikes, as most action was up in the clouds. :sweat: There were so many active cells in that line, that the lightning seemed almost continuous! Not much rain fell, but the outflow wind gusts were quite strong, knocking things over at camp, even under the tree cover. Nothing like a little drama! :o
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