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71 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Leslie Canyon TrailTucson, AZ
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A friend asked me about the state of the campgrounds in the Rucker Canyon area of the southern Chiricahua Mountains, so I decided to do a nice day trip down that way to check things out (I was last in there in 2012). One of the reasons I don't go there to camp much anymore is because of the rather long 25 mile dirt road drive, some of it through highly flood prone sections along Whitewater Draw. For today's trip I decided to go in by way of Leslie Canyon north of Douglas. I took Davis Road from near Tombstone all the way over to US 191. Davis Road continues east of 191, becomes a dirt road, and eventually connects with the Leslie Canyon Road. From there I headed north through the NWR and on up to the intersection with the Rucker Canyon Road along Whitewater Draw. There are some scenic spots as you pass through the Pedregosa Mountains and along the rolling hills of ranching country as you work north to Rucker Road. I left home early, since I didn't want to get caught deep back in those flood prone areas in case the phantom monsoon actually decided to make a real appearance. :lol:
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Rucker Canyon Campgrounds, AZ 
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I had not visited this area since 2012. At that time I camped at Camp Rucker Group area. Today was just for a look around before continuing my trip. Everything is the same as last time I was here. I plan on coming back and camping sometime this summer or fall. I have a hunch these campgrounds don't see a lot of use because of their remoteness.
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Jul 05 2019
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Big Burro Mountains, NM 
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After a night in Silver City for the fireworks show, I had planned on camping Friday night either up by Lake Roberts or City of Rocks State Park. But, I changed my mind in the morning and decided to just head back home instead. On my way back to Lordsburg I did a little exploring along Gold Gulch Road, a place I hadn't been to since the 1990's. There are plenty of places for dispersed camping back in there, but I wouldn't go during rainy weather, since the roads go through numerous flood prone sandy sections. Aside from that it is pretty scenic, with plenty of mining and ranching artifacts to check out.
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Jul 04 2019
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Silver City Fireworks, NM 
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Originally I was going to go to Santa Fe for the Fourth of July fireworks show, but I just had too many things at home that needed attention, so I opted for a shorter trip. This worked out just fine. :D I was able to get pretty close to the launch site and enjoyed the show put on by the locals, which rivaled the official display at times.

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Jun 29 2019
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West Turkey Creek-Chiricahua, AZ 
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Can't really escape the heat right now. Even the higher terrain is pushing it. Yeah, pretty typical for this point on the calendar. :lol: I just wanted to get out of town and go for a drive. An old favorite locale beckoned, so I was off to see what I would see. Since Sycamore CG is supposed to become a fee area later this year, I wanted to see if any changes were happening to justify this proposed action. Nope. Exactly as it was last year. There were storms brewing around the mountains, but little rain was falling. The deer were plentiful, as I saw perhaps 15 or so. The last deer I saw for the day was somewhat of a surprise and not in the Chiricahua Mountains.
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A Swing through Tombstone, AZ 
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Leaving West Turkey Creek in the Chiricahua Mountains, I decided to head over to Tombstone, rather than back to Tucson the usual way via Sunizona, Sunsites, Dragoon Road to Texas Canyon, and I-10. The dirt road ends by the intersection with paved SR 181 (where it curves north to go to Chiricahua National Monument). At this spot is a convenient road known as the Kuykendall Cutoff that heads south to connect with the Rucker Canyon Road. Here you can make a left turn to go back into the Chiricahua Mountains and Rucker Canyon or turn right and head back out to US 191 north of Elfrida (I turned right as my goal was to go to Tombstone). This connector road is convenient if you want to go between West Turkey Creek and Rucker Canyon and cut out the extra miles by not going all the way out to US 191. This is a well graded dirt road that is fine during dry conditions, but would be more of a hassle in stormy weather of course.

When I reached US 191 north of Elfrida I continued west on Courtland Road, which is paved for awhile before becoming dirt and interesecting the Ghost Town Trail Road near Courtland. South from here (left turn) and soon you reach the paved Gleeson Road. Turn right to go to Tombstone. (Note: once you reach US 191 you can also drive south to Gleeson Road near Elfrida and stay on pavement the whole way). Whichever way you go, Gleeson Road is quite scenic as it winds through lots of mining country in the southern Dragoon Mountains, before the gradual descent to Walnut Gulch by Tombstone. :D

I wanted to stop at Tombstone Brewing Company, since I hadn't been yet, and wasn't disappointed. While there, I noticed another deer in a yard across the street, and the bar people said they were common in town, and treated as pets. (They like the spent grains too) :lol:
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Jun 15 2019
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Stewart CG-Chiricahua, AZ 
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Over to the Portal area of the Chiricahua Mountains for an overnighter with some friends to reestablish contact and catch up on things. We expected more people down in this popular area, but we had the campground to ourselves. As it was getting dark at camp we were treated to the sounds of a group of Whip-poor-wills and owls that were literally overhead! It was pretty amazing. In all my times out, I had never experienced so many that close to where I was sitting. :D

In the morning we went to the Portal Peak Lodge, Store, and Cafe for breakfast, followed by a little stroll around town. Back at camp, Jim and I packed up and headed home to Tucson, while the rest of the group went for a birding hike in South Fork.

As an added bonus, I got to briefly make it into New Mexico for the first time this year, as we drove in via Road Forks and Rodeo. :) I drove back out via the direct route to San Simon. Fun time!
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Jun 09 2019
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Carr Canyon-Huachuca, AZ 
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I headed down to one of my favorite places in this part of Arizona with the intention of camping. However, when I got there I changed my mind, as it was pretty warm and I just wasn't feeling like setting up the gear. So, I got out the chair and sat around for about an hour in the shade of the trees, while enjoying my Wendy's meal and chili that I picked up in Sierra Vista on my way. This visit just reaffirmed my prior conviction that it is better to enjoy these sky islands after the summer rains have commenced to bring things to life and taken the heat stress away.

There was one tent set up at Ramsey Vista CG and nobody at Reef, except for the birders who are a common sight this time of year. Everything else seemed about the same as last time I was here.

The cicadas were really cranking out their "electric serenade" for me to enjoy all the way up to 7200 feet! :D
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May 11 2019
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Bonita CreekTucson, AZ
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Finally got out of town for my first camping trip of the year. :) Only one night, but it was worth it as I visited the neat riparian zone of the Gila Box east of Safford. More water this visit than any of my past (though very few) stops in the area. Before heading back to Tucson, I decided to get the sandals out of the truck and do some delightful slogging in and out of the water in Bonita Creek. Though I don't hike in water very much, I must admit the cool water sure felt pretty good on my feet. :D To be honest, most of the walking along the road was not in water, but I enjoyed the parts that were.
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May 10 2019
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Riverview Campground-Gila Box RNCATucson, AZ
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The goal for this brief camping trip was to dust off the gear and finally do my first overnighter of the year, plus hopefully get to meet some of the folks from the Arizona Wilderness Coalition who were there for a Meetup event. I am not a member, but specifically wanted to meet Jonathan from Portal to see if he had any new information on the woman who went missing at Rustler Park in 2015. When I arrived at the campground late Friday afternoon there was only one other camper, so I picked a spot to my liking, then headed off to do some photography before it got dark.

Back at camp, I set up the tent while I still had some light, then relaxed in the dark enjoying some brews and watching the sky for signs of storm development. There was some lightning off to the northwest, but nothing was happening nearby. It remained quiet the entire night. About 9:00 a car drove in and headed right up to my camp. I had two lights on, so they must be looking for someone I figured. I asked if they were with the AWC, and they said yes; they were looking for Jonathan, who was supposed to already be here. So, it turns out the other camper was who we were looking for. They headed over to set up at his spot, and I walked over, got to hang out with some new folks and talk with Jonathan as hoped. :)

I didn't camp another night like they did, nor join them on their hikes, partly because of some ongoing physical limitations, plus I wanted to get back to Tucson Saturday, so I could be home for the anticipated storm event (that turned out great :D ).

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Mar 20 2019
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Battle Axe-White Canyon Area, AZ 
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I have been wanting to go back here for quite awhile, the last time was in 2012. When I found out Larry and Hank were going there, I asked if I could join them. My hiking abilities are limited these days, so I sort of knew I wasn't up for the planned hike, but I wanted to see them again and check things out. I figured with the winter we had it would be pretty wet and green, and of course it was! :D

Much is still about the same, but there have been some changes. The road seems rougher than the last time I was there. I think it is good that neat places like this are a little hard to get to. There is active mining in the area, and that means changes in access to roads, etc. from time to time, but in general things are as I remembered.

After Hank and Larry set off on their hike, I wandered around a few places enjoying the green and flowers, then I headed back early, driving back via the Kelvin-Florence Road, then back to Tucson via I-10 from Picacho. Beat the rush hour traffic, which was nice.
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Mar 06 2019
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Picacho Peak Flowers, AZ 
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It was time to purchase another annual State Parks Pass and this time I got it at Picacho Peak State Park. The choice was easy as the wildflower display is in full swing. I imagine it actually might get better in coming weeks. Not overly crowded there this morning, which made for an enjoyable visit. :D
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Mar 02 2019
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Southern Anza Borrego, CA 
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It was a wild windy day on the S-2 heading south through the Anza Borrego Desert!

I like heading back to I-8 this way as it avoids the crowds that frequent other parts of the park. After a morning treat of showers and rainbows in Borrego Springs, it was off to see what I would see. :) Steady 20 to 30 mph west winds (with higher gusts) were pushing showers down off the higher terrain toward the lower desert region. They were evaporating as they descended, but I still got blasted by a few rain bursts. Made for some great weather drama. :D Once I got far enough away from the mountains, the weather was drier and warmer, but the wind persisted. Stopped at a few places I like on the way out, mostly looking for flowers. I wasn't disappointed.
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Mar 02 2019
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Dos Cabezas-Ocotillo Wind, CA 
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I took a side trip over to Dos Cabezas along the old San Diego and Arizona Railroad line. From there I drove along the tracks to get to the good car friendly crossiing of the track on the main road that heads for Mortero Palms. In fact, if your destination is either Dos Cabezas or Mortero Palms/Goat Canyon Trestle, the road that turns off of S-2 and goes by the wind farm operations buildings is the way to go. There is no need to head in off the S-2 along the road that is just past the Border Patrol checkpoint (where the information kiosk is). That is a more direct way to Dos Cabezas, but the road is less car friendly. There are a lot of old roads in there that predated the wind farm, and many of the BLM road markers are faded out or knocked down. It hasn't changed much since I was last there in 2014, but I think there has been an attempt to eliminate some of those old tracks through the facility. If you only want one crossing of the railroad track, just stay on the north side of the rail loop, although there is a short cut that bisects it (this will add two more crossings). The road is shown on the satellite view as Dos Cabezas Road. It is easy to follow and I didn't need four wheel drive, but out in this area it doesn't hurt to have it.

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From there it was on to I-8 at Ocotillo, then to Yuma to gas up, and finally to Gila Bend for the night. Fun day! :D
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Mar 01 2019
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Lower Coyote Canyon Flowers, CA 
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After leaving the Verbena covered dunes along S-22, it was on to Henderson Canyon Road, where the flowers were lacking. But when I drove up past the end of the pavement on Di Giorgio Road and into the lower portion of Coyote Canyon things ramped up quickly! :D Not too many people were out there, but there was a group working to remove the invasive Sahara mustard (prevalent; a daunting task). The flower show out here should continue to increase in the coming weeks. Because of recent massive runoff, the road past Desert Gardens was closed (though it is now back open all the way to Collins Valley). Subject to change again with new storm activity. The trail into Borrego Palm Canyon from the campground was also closed when I visited due to high water and flood damage. What a winter! :o
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Borrego Springs, CA 
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Winter is my least favorite time of the year and I usually lay low and endure that long, agonizing wait for spring to return. I haven't been feeling that great for a few months, but this being a hermit was getting ridiculous, even by my standards. :lone: Here is proof I needed a road trip: the last time I spent a night away from home was September 16th! :o I found out about a presentation March 1st over at the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association in Borrego Springs that I wanted to attend, so bought a ticket and built a road trip around that. Oh, but I forgot about it being high tourist season over there and the flower madness was already cranking up, so would I be able to find a room? :doh: Sure enough, most everything that wasn't an overpriced rip off was booked (lecture being on a Friday didn't help). I didn't want to camp (wintery stormy weather isn't my thing), but the campgrounds nearby were all booked anyway. Somehow I lucked out and got a room at Stanlunds after trying for about a week. That sealed the deal. :yes:

The lecture was by Chris Wray (not the FBI Chris Wray :lol: ). He the author of a couple of cool books full of historical photos and information on old highways and forgotten places in San Diego County and all the way over to the Colorado River. I found them back in 2011-12 at the gift shop at Desert Tower near Jacumba. They are somewhat hard to find due to limited distribution. One is "Highways to History, A Driving Guide to the Historic Places of the San Diego County Mountains." This one has detailed information on US Highway 80 though the years. That was the focus of his lecture as well. The other book is "The Historic Backcountry, A Geographic Guide to the Historic Places of the San Diego County Mountains and the Colorado Desert." Both are treasure troves of information! (aka prized possessions) :D More info can be found by searching for Tierra Blanca Books. The books are also available from the gift shop at the Warner-Carrillo Historic Ranch site at Warner Springs.

Anyway, it was a great presentation that covered the history of the old wagon roads that morphed into US Highway 80 in the 1920's, and later to it's evolution into modern day Interstates 10 and 8. I was glad to get to tell Chris how much I admired the work he put into those books after the talk. :)

I spent Thursday night in El Centro, Friday night in Borrego Springs, and Saturday night in Gila Bend, before heading home Sunday morning. After leaving El Centro, I drove up to Salton City, then over to Borrego springs on S22, since good flower reports were coming in along that section. Originally I had planned on heading out of Borrego Springs on Highway 78 through Ocotillo Wells, as more flower reports were good there, but since Saturday tiurned out to be really windy and stormy, I decided to head back to I-8 via S3/CA78/S2 (old favorite).

Saturday turned out to be a fun, wild, insanely windy day!! :y:
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Some good displays, but it is early and Flowergeddon is just starting. :lol:
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Santa Rosa Dunes Flowers, CA 
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I took S-22 from Salton City to Borrego Springs because wildflower reports indicated things were popping pretty good from Truckhaven over to Clark Lake. Bingo! There was a big jeep club event over by Truckhaven, so it was a bit hectic leaving the Salton Sea area (usually is), but traffic was mellow the rest of the way. There is a lot blooming out there as a result of the amazing fall and winter rains, but it is different than in March 2017 (last time I was there). The area along Henderson Road had very little bloom, whereas in 2017 it was insane. But, that section might explode with blooms in a few weeks. Who knows? I'm not complaining, just happy to be on the road! :D
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Verbena are rocking the sand dunes right now. :)
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Out to check on the flowers. They are on the increase. Everything looking nice and fresh after the latest rain. :)
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Sasco Flowers, AZ 
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Scenic drive to see how the desert is looking out toward Ironwood National Monument, with a photo stop at Sasco. The poppies are doing their thing at Sasco as expected due to our good seasonal precipitation.
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Moderate displays in places.
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A bit of walking around the Sasco area, this time to the west of the smelter and townsite. The ore bins and huge slag heaps are in this section on the northwest portion of the property. Hey, Red Rock has a Dollar General store now (that's pretty important for isolated places like that). Moving on up! :lol:
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