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May 15 2017
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31 male
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When You're Not Looking, AZ 
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Made a trip back to town for mothers day and visited the trail cam. Life was abundant through the 8 months it sat. 95% Coues Deer but the Lions were an awesome treat! Thought id get some more bears but they must have been sleepy. I think its time to put a better camera out there :)
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Apr 16 2017
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Prince William Sound, AK 
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Where to begin!? Its been a busy summer! The excitement began back in April when I had the opportunity to go out on 2 awesome boats into PWS for 3 days. What an introduction! The sound is roughly 3 times the size of Tonto National forest and only discoverable by boat. 2 towns give road access to the sound, Whittier and Valdez. Hidden coves, large fjords, rugged peaks, and 150 glaciers make for an amazing playground with the right equipment. This trip would be the first of many expeditions into this captivating place.
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Mar 13 2017
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Portage LakeSouth, AK
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Vicky recently got a Fat Bike so we took advantage of a beautiful day to ride across frozen Portage Lake to the Glacier. Days are 12 hours long and the sun is feeling warm again. The mountains through the valley are perfectly blanked by untouched snow in all directions. The deep blue face of the glacier was vividly apparent as it came into view and highlights the landscape. It has been amazing living around the awesome spectacles Alaska has to offer.

I recently got a new toy as well, the feared and forbidden drone. I love it and have always wanted the perspective that was only achievable by renting a plane for $100+ per hour. It is an amazing tool that completely changes what used to not be achievable. Heres a video I put together of the trip.

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Mar 04 2017
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Matanuska Valley, AK 
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At the beginning of the month our group of friends spent a weekend doing various activities in Matanuska Valley. The valley is sandwiched between 2 massive mountain ranges; the Talkeetna's and the Chugach.

We spent the first day relaxing and ice fishing with no success. There was no loss though as the lake offers amazing views of the surrounding peaks. Games, drinks, and hot tubbing completed the day at Sheep Mountain Lodge.

The following day we hiked a butte called Lion Head that overlooks Matanuska Glacier. At 2 miles and a 1000ft AEG it is not a difficult hike but progress was slow as we had to break trail through 2-3ft of snow. As seen, the views are well worth it and concluded another amazing weekend living the Alaska Life.

Here is the video, best viewed in full: vimeo.com/207682347
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Sep 18 2016
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Denali Park Road, AK 
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Its been a while! Life has changed. Early last year I got picked up to be an Air Traffic Controller and spent 4 summer months at the academy in Oklahoma :sk: I passed and Vicky and I choose a facility back up in Anchorage, AK. We have been having a great time and enjoying all it has to offer since.

Soon after we got here in September a friend offered us tickets to drive the Denali Park Road. At the end of the season, the Parks Service holds a 3 day lottery for 400 vehicles to drive the 90 mile road each day. Through the summer Park Buses are the only vehicle shuttling tourists through the grand expanse. My friends loss was our gain.

On the day we went Denali would not be seen, but many of the Park's residents were out. The first snow dropped at higher elevations and the bears were in a hurry to fatten up. Bull moose were around in numbers as final battles of the rut finished up. The road was so alive with life you would swear they were pinned in so as to always be within view.

Alaska has be an amazing place to transition to since leaving AZ. It offers so many outdoor activities, even through the winter, that most weekends are being filled with a new adventure. Hopefully moving forward I can do a better job of sharing them :)
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Jan 26 2016
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Middle Red Creek Loop, AZ 
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There are 4 major drainages that branch off the southern end of Pine Mountain; Monroe, Yellow Jacket, Horse Thief, and Trap Canyons. FR 16 climbs up and down each of them as it makes its way out to the Verde. They come together to form Middle Red Creek. My interest was in the riparian areas south of FR 16. I parked at the corral along Monroe and hiked to Horse Thief using 16. Along the way offers nice views of Pine Mountain as well as a healthy Juniper forest. There was alot of deer sign which made for no surprise of spotting several different groups of Whitetail. Upon reaching Horse Thief I checked out the still utilized ranch cabins. They were stocked with goods and show frequent use by the rancher that 'owns' it. As I headed down Horse Thief towards Trap small pockets of running water emerged. There was a well defined 3 sided ruin where the 2 canyons meet. Once in Trap Canyon it was about a mile before hitting the lush Riparian habitat I was looking for. Cat tail had a large presence along the creek and for the most part there was somewhat of a game trail to follow. Sections had nice cascades and even some deep swim-able pools. At one point while making my way down the creek I heard a rustle on the slope above. As I looked I saw a bush shaking and over the top comes a Coati. Surpised, I readied my camera as he made his way up over the top of the bush beside it(looking for birds nests id imagine). He had no idea I was 20 yards away. I didnt know they had a presence along the Verde so they must be migrating north quite well. Really nice section of creek were found below were Trap turns into Middle Red Creek. It felt much more isolated as the canyon walls were taller and steeper. I came across a really nice 3 tiered waterfall with the tallest being about 25 feet. It had a large pool at the base to revisit when the weather gets a little warmer. After winding through the canyon for another hour I finally came across the mouth of Yellow Jacket. The was no water up steam but a couple slot made it enjoyable. Before long I was back at the truck and headed home. It was an awesome day in what could be considered wilderness.
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Dec 14 2015
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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
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When I reserved spots a few days prior there was a 20% chance of rain. Woke up Monday morning to wind and approaching rain. Debated going or not but stuck with it. Rained the whole drive there and even hit some snow south of superior. Once we arrived I figured I'd leave my camera in the truck as it was still coming down pretty good. The first few water crossings were painful but got used to it up the canyon. Trees were in their prime which made it absolutely beautiful. About 3 miles in we hit our turn around point. It got chilly after that due to the wind picking up and a short lunch break. Made it back to the heater in good time. Glad we didn't skip out on going to this one! Weather always adds an exciting dynamic especially when it's not to miserable to deal with.
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Nov 02 2015
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Grapevine Springs Canyon Trail #4Prescott, AZ
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If you plan on driving to the Trail Head, plan on pin strips. Beautiful creek and area!
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Oct 02 2015
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Pacheta Camping, AZ 
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Spent a nice long weekend with friends in the White Mountains at Pacheta Lake. It was a lay back and fish kinda weekend although we didnt catch many. Played lots of games, drank lots of beer, and burned alot of wood. The first 2 days were sunny and warm(cold at night), second 2 were cloudy with pockets of weather. We made a trip to the falls one day to take in the scenery and spooked some turkey and big horn sheep on our way in. Caught some aspens changing at the right time and others not so much. The road trip home was fun, took 71 back to White River and saw lots of new scenery and wildlife :D
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Sep 14 2015
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Sierra Ancha 4x4 LoopPayson, AZ
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Vicky and I had a play day Monday so we decided to spend it in Sierra Anchas. Ive been to parts of the mountains but never had a good grasp of what was up there. I spent some time the previous day putting together a big loop ride and looking over the quad. Got a lazy start Monday morning but began riding from Pumkpin Center about 945am. FR 609 was smooth cruising and we ran across quite a few deer along with a family of javelina. The temps were nice on top with cloud cover and wind chill making it cold at times. About 30 miles and 1.5 hours later we hit the Young HWY. Took it up to Cherry Creek RD and rode it south back the Young HWY. It is a beautiful section of road that offered cool temps in the riparian drainages that come off the mountain. By the time we took the Young Rd to A-Cross Rd it started getting pretty warm. We cruised across A-Cross and end up back in Pumpkin Center at 445pm. The trip was a grand total of 118 miles which ate up all 3.5 gallons the of fuel in the main tank. Fortunately there was an untapped .7 gal reserve. Love my Honda Foreman. Theres plenty of Forest Road up there I have yet to discover.
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Jul 23 2015
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Chulitna River Float, AK 
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Vicky and I headed up to Alaska at the end of July for a much needed vacation. It began with a 3 day river float on our friends cataraft down the Chulitna River. We departed Talkeetna on the whistle stop train and made our way towards Denali NP. Various stops were made along the way to drop off another group of rafters and residents that depend on the train to get to their residents.It took quite a few hours to reach our intersect with the Chulitna but upon doing so it was a mad rush to unload our gear and build the raft. After the work was done the true enjoyment, relaxation, and isolation began. The next few days we drank plenty and soaked in the beauty only a wild river in Alaska can offer. We had amazing weather the whole time which offered astounding views of Denali. Saw a lot of Bald eagles and a black bear from the raft. It was an unforgettable trip with some great people!
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Jun 27 2015
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White Box & Hanging Gardens of WCCCamp Verde, AZ
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Vicky and I have been busy with life and work the past few months so opportunities to get out together are slim. The time to break that trend had come so we decided on a little back packing trip to the gardens. Got off work Saturday at 1 and planned on be in camp that night. Driving north on the 17 I hear theres a crash just past sunset point with a 5 mile delay. Thinkin this could ruin our goal, I got off on the Crown King Bumble Bee Rd and took in up to the 17 at bloody basin. Sure enough I could see the long line of traffic on Perry Mesa. Feelin good, we made it to the TH by 5 and had camp set up by 8. Shortly there after a thunderstorm rolled in and put us to bed. Things timed out pretty nice. Spent all day Sunday enjoying the place and occasional crack of thunder. Only had one visitor while we were there doing a meadow canyon loop. Temperatures were perfect in the water and out. The insect population is doing quite well, daddy long legs everywhere at night. Made it from camp to TH in good time Monday morning. Had an awesome weekend away in our own little paradise!
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Table Mesa to Milk Ranch, AZ 
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Its been a while. Finally was able to sit down and go through some trip photos. This was a good ride I took up to milk ranch in the southern bradshaws. The area doesnt show much attention other than from Joe and Bruce. Definately a cool area to ride and explore all the mine roads.
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Feb 06 2015
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FR 560 Cooks Mesa to the New River Mountains, AZ 
FR 560 Cooks Mesa to the New River Mountains, AZ
 
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I have wanted to ride the length of FR 560 for some time now and got some time to check it out. Since I figured it would take me close, I planed on hiking up the New River Mountains high point. Once on top of Grapevine Mesa, you are presented with a nice view of the New River Mountains. The trail in between is a cap of unforgiving lava rock 10 miles long. It is extremely bumpy with a few technical sections. Once on top of 'the island' the road nears the edge of the mesa which presents an awesome view of bloody basin and pine mountain. On the map FR 560 is shown going all the way to 'top of the mountain tank'. While that used to be true, it now leads you basically to 'mescal pit tank'. I parked the quad and made my way on foot up into the mountains. The trail is difficult to follow up the foothills. It clears up again as it drops into White Dyke Canyon. As I neared the bottom I could here water running. Sure enough there was a good intermittent flow on the hike up the canyon. Soon enough it was time to split and make my way up to the high point. Chased a group of whitetail a few hundred feet up before they realized thats the way I was headed. The slopes on this range are fairly gradual and easy to travel in terms of off trail peak bagging. The views on top were rewarding. Lake Pleasant to the west, Perry Mesa and Bradshaws to the NW, Humphreys the the north, Mazzies and rim to the east, and New River Mesa and valley to the south. After some time to take it all in I headed off close to the way I came. I was happy to get back up in these mountains. They are easier to hike in then they are to reach from any angle. Many of the trails surrounding them are forgotten or unusable from flood damage. While there seems to be nothing particularly special about this range, the solitude and serenity to be found there was quite alluring.
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Jan 22 2015
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Sunset MountainPhoenix, AZ
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Oct 15 2014
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Rock Creek/Barnhardt Loop, AZ 
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Two previous unfulfilled trips up Rock Creek had me wanting it all. Both times were cut short due to weather and lack of a trail after the first rock ledge. Someone has done a ~1/2 mile of much needed trail maintenance but it comes to an obvious end at the start of the switch backs past said ledge. I was happy to finally see the falls but they had very little flow. the trail past the falls was spotty so I opted to B-line it up the creek bottom and intercept it on its way out of the canyon. Once at the top, it was humbling to overlook the expanse of wilderness on the other side. I'd have to imagine the largest stand of Ponderosa in the Mazzies is seen from this view, which is within the upper bowl of N. Fork Deadman Creek Drainage. The switchbacks down to the MDT and Hopi Springs were overrun with Manzanita. The Mazatzal Divide Trail was awesome and I stopped at Horse Camp Seep and N. Fork Deadman Falls. Only ran into a couple tarantulas and a centipede on the trip. Water everywhere but I will definately be going back when things are flowin! Twas a great day away with an awesome sunrise and sunset as a kicker.
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Mar 26 2014
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AZ to AK, AZ 
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It seems many people move to Arizona for its raw and rugged beauty, the favorable temps, and diverse terrain. So then where does someone from Arizona move to find this same allure? Alaska!

Several months ago Vicky(Littleknee) started to look into her last fieldwork for school. She had been in Vegas for the past year and half completing her masters to be an Occupational Therapist. As fun as it is on weekends, she did not want to spend another 3 months there. While Arizona seemed like the obvious place to look, it was an excuse to try some place new and exciting. Our passion for the outdoors, wildlife, and the ease of pure isolation from everything made Alaska the clear choice. She contacted places in Anchorage and ended up getting a position at Providence Hospital working with children(her dream). The rest is now history.

I knew the road trip alone would be legendary. 4000 miles. One way! I spent the few weeks prior mod-ing the Tacoma to make it as comfortable as possible since we’d be living out of it for a week while on the road. I built a deck to sit on the wheel wells so we could store our stuff underneath and sleep on top. Put a soft top on the bed to help keep us warm and dry. We left Phoenix on Wednesday March 26th. Past Flag the weather became dynamic and into Utah we were already into the snow. After 500 miles our first camp was around Bryce Canyon Utah. The next day we connected with I-15, went another 500 miles, and set up camp in Rock Creek on the edge of the Pioneer NF in Montana(awesome place). The mountains were astounding and rich with wildlife, deer and antelope. The 3rd day took us down the mountains to Great Falls, MT north to Edmonton, Alberta. Those 700 miles were pretty flat and sightless. We stayed at a B and B to shower up, sleep in a real bed, and recharge for the true adventure of the trip. Outside of Edmonton the Forests grew tall and thick. Later in day 4 we reached Dawson Creek, the beginning of the Alaskan Highway!

Rivers from here on out make the Verde and Salt look like creeks. The area between Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson had a lot of oil prospects and associated work traffic. However, after Fort Nelson the Alcan became desolate and the Canadian Rockies dominate the landscape. It encompasses a true sense of untamed beauty and remoteness. The highlight of this leg was a stop at Laird Hot Springs, a well established hot tub in the middle of nowhere. It’s a large pool a steaming hot water surrounded by snowed in forest. With only a couple other visitors we spent 3 hours soaking it in and enjoying the environment. The area also had an abundance of wildlife such as Bison, Rock Sheep and we even spotted a few Moose! Gas station along the road became few and far between. 3 times my fuel light came on before we got our next fill up. (I had a spare 5 gallons just in case). At this point the feeling of how tiny you really are sinks in. It made it even harder to comprehend how the road was built in the early 40’s. To think you are driving this little corridor through wilderness larger than any state in the cont. 48 is humbling. Into the Yukon did not disappoint and the Kluane area was especially beautiful. It was kinda funny going through the Capital and largest town in the Yukon, Whitehorse, and realizing it is no larger than Payson. Before long we found ourselves on the international boarder and into Alaska! The terrain became relatively flat but remained scenic. Lakes and streams were plentiful. We made our way to Tok, where the road to Anchorage splits from the Alcan. We spent 1 more night on the road with a mere 300 miles to our destination. From Tok to Anchorage the beauty continued. It skirts along the Wrangell NP, the largest in the U.S. As we got closer I continued to look at what will be my playground for the summer. There is no shortage of places to see and things to do.

Now that we’re in Anchorage I’m searching for a job. Hopefully one at a place that gives Seaplane tours works out. Im sure it will have its perks ;) In the mean time ill get to know the area around Anchorage and branch out from there. It is sure to be a busy few months 
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Pine Mountain 4x4 LoopCamp Verde, AZ
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Ive been wanting to do this ATV loop for a few years now and with Vicky in town, the day after Christmas was the one. I knew it would be a long loop so the best approach was from Bloody Basin Rd. We left the truck about 10 and made our way to fr 677. We took that north to Dugas. Nothing to exciting about this leg. Made it to Dugas and headed for the rim. Dugas seems like it has a lot of fun trails leading off of it so im sure ill go back to explore. At this point it started to get pretty chilly as we climbed and the wind picked up. The last mile or so was pretty slow going. The rim gave way to some awesome views of the rugged valley below. From the rim it was ~6 miles and over 3000 feet down to the verde. I chose to go clockwise on the loop so I could test going down before up. It would definitely take an atv or 4x4 truck you didn't care about to get up since snow was present on most of the top portion. We stopped by verde hot springs for the first time but unfortunately it was occupied and getting late in the day. And we were only half way! My favorite stretch was 57 south to the 16. Its not frequently traveled, rough, and beautiful. We hit the 16 and cruised back to bloody basin road as princess Vicky grew tired :) Almost running over some Javelina on the way brought the life back to her. The sun had set as we got to the truck about 6. It was a solid 8 hours and 110 miles of trail. Pretty impressive for a machine that weighs 650lbs, carried 2 people, and only hold 4 gallons of gas. Go Honda!

I sense an overnight quad trip in the near future.
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I cannot wait to go back!!! Nuff said
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CHUMS Summer HAZfest 2013, AZ 
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FINALLY got around to these photos! An awesome weekend it was and I look forward to the next. I'm surprised its not posted yet. HINT ;) Good times!!
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