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496 triplogs

Jul 13 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Gilbert Riparian PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2016
Charger55
Hiking2.50 Miles 6 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
6 ft AEG
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I actually come here quite a bit, but don't normally log the trips. I'll make an exception as I'm eager to post my 500th (and final) triplog. Gila woodpeckers were very good to me today. Birding is starting to become one of my favorite pastimes in general.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Jul 02 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Kwaaymii Interpretive TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2016
Charger55
Hiking 320 AEG
Hiking
320 ft AEG
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An easy interpretive trail that we did while waiting for the Visitors Center to open so we could buy a hiking pass. So yeah, technically we hiked without a pass... Oops. We sat around the bird feeder when we were done. Stellar's Jays, Black- headed Grosbeaks and White-breasted nuthatches were all feeding in the morning.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Jul 02 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Garnet Peak TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2016
Charger55
Hiking2.40 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles
500 ft AEG
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This is an easy peakbag in Southern California that offers great views of the Anza-Borrego Desert far below while maintaining the cool breeze at 6000 feet. Depending on which trailhead you start at you either intersect or hike a piece of the Pacific Crest Trail. After the hike my wife and I drove the Sunrise Highway into Julian for some shopping and fresh apple pie
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Jul 01 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Antelope Hill Petroglyph SiteSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2016
Charger55
Hiking 470 AEG
Hiking
470 ft AEG
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On the way out to California we made a few stops to break up the drive. Antelope Hill was our first pit stop. Nowhere near as impressive as Sears Point or Painted Rocks, the glyphs are scattered about the hillside making it more like a scavenger hunt. We saw what looked like a spider glyph, but it was probably meant to be a sun or star.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Jul 01 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Yuma Territorial Prison and Nature TrailSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Jul 01 2016
Charger55
Walk / Tour
Walk / Tour
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Another stop on the way to California. It was hot and we were in a food coma after the date shakes we had with lunch, but this place is still a fun stop. My wife ran away from the bats in the Dark Cell (solitary confinement). I did my best to take pics, but shooting photos in the pitch black turned out to be a challenge.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Jul 01 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Burnt Rancheria Campground, CA 
Burnt Rancheria Campground, CA
 
Car Camping avatar Jul 01 2016
Charger55
Car Camping
Car Camping3 Days         
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499th Triplog. I'm still debating whether I want to go for 500 or forever leave that last hike undone. Anyway, it was out to far Southern California for three nights of car camping in Mount Laguna. We hiked a small portion of the PCT that runs behind the campground, visited some open meadows, explored the town of Julian and even went into San Diego for some beach time and a Padre/Yankee game. Fun times and with plenty to do in the area it will be earmarked for future visits.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Jun 15 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Cerro de la Mascara - El Fuerte, SI 
Cerro de la Mascara - El Fuerte, SI
 
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2016
Charger55
Hiking1.50 Miles
Hiking1.50 Miles   3 Hrs      0.50 mph
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Birding, boating, hiking and archaeology all combined into one adventure outside one of Mexico's Pueblos Mágicos. Highlights included Tiger Herons and Elegant Quail, literally dozens of other species too.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Jun 11 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Copper Canyon - El Divisadero, CH 
Copper Canyon - El Divisadero, CH
 
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2016
Charger55
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles
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We rode El Chepe from El Fuerte to El Divisadero and stayed at a hotel on the lip of La Barranca. Don't worry, it all makes sense to me. We did a few short hikes while we were there, visited some inhabited caves, rode one of the world's longest ziplines and just took in the beautiful views. There's so much to do here I hope to come back some day.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Jun 06 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Jardin Botanico Benjamin Francis - Los Mochis, SI 
Jardin Botanico Benjamin Francis - Los Mochis, SI
 
Birding avatar Jun 06 2016
Charger55
Birding3.00 Miles
Birding3.00 Miles
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The race to 500 triplogs is on! This is both a botanical garden and the city park of Los Mochis. Great Kiskadees and Muscovy Ducks are common sightings, along with iguanas and turtles in the pond. The highlight actually occurred after we left the park. We were sitting in the city's main plaza when I spotted a female Elegant Trogon perched overhead. I all but jumped out of my seat when I realized what it was. So much for the belief they only live in canyons and remote areas. This little gal was a pure city dweller.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Jun 05 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
El Pedregal - Alamos, SO 
El Pedregal - Alamos, SO
 
Birding avatar Jun 05 2016
Charger55
Birding2.00 Miles
Birding2.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.00 mph
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The Black-Throated Magpie Jay may be the unheralded king of birds on Mexico's Pacific Slope. Not as elusive as the Elegant Quail or as sought after as trogons and macaws, this majestic cousin of the Blue Jay will perch atop the tallest of cacti and proudly announce its presence. Its long flowing tail resembles that of a quetzal, but its demeanor is undeniably Jay; boisterous, cantankerous and not afraid to push other birds around.

It was with a warm smile in my heart that I was able to observe this beautiful creature two days in a row while birding at El Pedregal in the Pueblo Mágico of Alamos, Sonora. It was one of several new species encountered by my wife and me as we journeyed along Mexico's Pacific Coast and through the Sierra Madre.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
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May 21 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Needle Rock Recreation AreaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2016
Charger55
Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles
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There's no swimming emoji on HAZ? Boooo... Anyway, that's what we did here, even if the water in the pool below the rope swing was dirty and the water in the main river was a wee bit nippy. There's a certain "element" that comes here ("I'll kick your white :pk:" is a phrase I actually heard, possibly directed at me...), but the beach area is big enough to avoid the riff raff. We did a little hiking just to climb the bluffs, but most of the day was about water activities. Overall, a fun time.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
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May 14 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Oak Creek - Verde River ConfluenceSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2016
Charger55
Hiking1.00 Miles 129 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
129 ft AEG
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Interesting enough for a short stop. I wish we could have gotten closer to the ruins... :cry: With our binoculars we scoured the area for signs of more ruins. There may be some cavates on the far side of the river worthy of future exploration.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
May 13 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Willow Creek Loop North - Granite BasinPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2016
Charger55
Hiking4.50 Miles 530 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.80 mph
530 ft AEG
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This one fit two criteria; easy enough for my wife and RUINS!!! A sizeable ruin site as well. And really close to civilization. Like, so close there's a house on the same hill. We went counterclockwise to save the boring part for when we were in a hurry to get back to the car. The western portion of the loop is much nicer with granite boulders and interesting scenery throughout.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
May 13 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Mingus Mountain CampgroundPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Car Camping avatar May 13 2016
Charger55
Car Camping1.00 Miles
Car Camping1.00 Miles
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Site #11 :y: :y: :y: Which if you don't know is the "corner" site on the rim. The views are to die for, and by the jealous looks in the eyes of other campers, possibly to kill for. We made it out just fine. Not that we wanted to leave. With Western Tanagers overhead and all of the Verde Valley below we could've stayed another night or two. Or three. Or four. This is the best camping spot I've had in Arizona since the time I had the Monument Valley campground to myself some 15 years ago.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
May 07 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Coon Bluff LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2016
Charger55
Hiking3.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
200 ft AEG
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It's been five years since I was last here. My luck spotting foxes and javelinas has long since worn off. It was still a fun morning by the river. We waded in the water, watched the kayakers, watched the rappellers and just hung out in the cool shade. We'll have to spend more time by the river once the weather heats up.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Apr 30 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Turnbuckle Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2016
Charger55
Hiking4.06 Miles 612 AEG
Hiking4.06 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.80 mph
612 ft AEG
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I don't hike much in the White Tanks. Ditto for the Estrellas. The rationale? If I'm going to travel more than an hour for a hike I might as well leave the Valley. Payson is the same distance for me and at least offers a change of scenery. But I said if I ever have anything to do on the west side I'll make sure to get in a hike while I'm out that way. Well, today was the day. I had some jibber-jabber to deal with in Avondale and made a side trip to Skyline beforehand. It's a nice park, still free to enter, and I'm always down for an easy peak bag. When they build more trails I'll stop by again if I'm in the area.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Apr 26 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Arivaca Cienega Nature TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Birding avatar Apr 26 2016
Charger55
Birding1.50 Miles 30 AEG
Birding1.50 Miles   1 Hour      1.50 mph
30 ft AEG
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One final loop before heading home for the weekend. Forget the birds...Javelina everywhere!!!! Easily over a dozen... Mmm...BACON!!!! Fun times in Arivaca. Good coffee and a pork breakfast too!
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Apr 23 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Arivaca Creek TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Birding avatar Apr 23 2016
Charger55
Birding1.00 Miles 42 AEG
Birding1.00 Miles   1 Hour      1.00 mph
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Early morning birding in Arivaca. A Grey Hawk circling overhead when we arrived was a good omen. Summer tanagers were our best find. Vermilion flycatchers are everywhere and Lesser Goldfinches prove to be too quick for my camera.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Apr 23 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Buenos Aires Ranch - Buenos Aires NWRTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2016
Charger55
Hiking0.75 Miles
Hiking0.75 Miles      20 Mns   2.25 mph
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My first time in this part of the state. I'm now completely enchanted by Sonoran Desert Grassland. We did the Pronghorn Drive, but didn't see any pronghorn. No masked bobwhites either. Only a meadowlark and a jackrabbit. Still, it's a peaceful ten mile drive with amazing views in every direction. We also walked the short Ranch Loop Trail that starts behind the Visitors Center and did some birding while eating a picnic lunch and gazing out at Baboquivari.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Apr 23 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Arivaca Cienega Nature TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Birding avatar Apr 23 2016
Charger55
Birding1.50 Miles 30 AEG
Birding1.50 Miles   1 Hour      1.50 mph
30 ft AEG
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Second time around the bend, this time in the late morning after breakfast. We're having tremendous success with our reds and yellows. Vermilion flycatchers, summer tanagers and cardinals are proving easy to spot amongst the lush green vegetation. Warblers and goldfinches are always on the move but not impossible to identify. All in all, it's proven to be a fun trip and my birding skills are getting whipped into shape.
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
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