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Mar 26 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Wandering My Desert Backyard, AZ 
Wandering My Desert Backyard, AZ
 
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Another walk in the desert behind our condo complex. I was surprised to see the same Great Horned Owl sitting on the same roof as I walked through the complex towards the desert. The last time, which was 12 days ago, he was hooting up a storm. I assumed he was attempting to call in a mate. Well, he was successful because the new Mrs was sitting on the roof with him today. Out in the desert a Red-Tailed Hawk paused on top of a Saguaro providing another photo opportunity. A nice desert hike and getting there only required walking out our front door.
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Mar 23 2020
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Wandering My Desert Back Yard, AZ 
Wandering My Desert Back Yard, AZ
 
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Needed some exercise while maintaining social distancing per Covid-19 restrictions. The desert behind our condo complex is just the place for a fast paced walk while keeping a watchful eye for rattlesnakes. No other people and no rattlesnakes, just me, a few quail and the Saguaros.
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Mar 21 2020
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Bootlegger Trail Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
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Hiking2.90 Miles 340 AEG
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Needed a short scenic hike for the whole family so picked this one in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve North. A beautiful day, the desert was so green it made me think I was back in Oregon, and the wildflowers were putting on a good show. There were lots of hikers and mountain bikers on the trails so a little crowded at times.
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Mar 17 2020
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Cathy's Ruin, AZ 
Cathy's Ruin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2020
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Hiking3.60 Miles 1,230 AEG
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Decided it was time to go check out Cathy's Ruin [ photoset ] in the desert hills north of Phoenix. Getting lazy in my old age, I shortened the hiking distance by driving a short distance up the bottom of a creek. After a short steep climb up a slippery slope the remainder of the hike to the ruin was a pleasant journey along the top of a ridge with ever expanding views of the surrounding hills and the valley to the south. The ruins appeared to be on an earth mound with the walls partially buried below the surface. This was probably a naturally occurring mound but my sometimes overactive imagination makes me suspect it could have been built up by the ancients. The interiors of the rooms appeared to have been dug out by either archaeologists or pot hunters with some re-stacking of the walls.

After inspecting the ruins I decided to climb to the top of the hill behind the ruin to check for more ruins. It was a steep treacherous climb during which I slipped and fell forward on an agave. Fortunately the large camera case which I carry strapped across my stomach saved me from a penetrating stab to the belly. There were no signs of ruins on top of the hill, just some great views of familiar peaks and mesas. A less hazardous route seemed appropriate for my way back down the hill. That led me on a loop along another ridge. I came across a ruin on that ridge which also had the appearance of being located on an earth mound. However the room interiors had not been dug out and just the outline of the top of a couple walls could be seen in the dirt.
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Mar 13 2020
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Spur Cross TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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I had to kill some time today while Mrs OH had lady friends over for lunch. Headed up to Spur Cross for a hike but there was a monster thunderstorm with hail and heavy rain so sat in my car at the trail head taking pictures and reading an e-book on my smart phone. The rain stopped just long enough to hike down to the creek crossing for the Spur Cross trail near the site of the old dude ranch. The creek was high, bank to bank, but there was evidence that it had been several feet higher earlier in the day. It will be a few days before the creek gets low enough for the foot bridge to be set back in place.
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Cave Creek
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Mar 06 2020
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Hilltop Fortress at Hidden Creek, AZ 
Hilltop Fortress at Hidden Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2020
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Another venture into @MountainMatt territory to checkout one of his discoveries. We drove 1.4 miles on a rough 4x4 road until I decided it would be more comfortable to walk. Even had to use the rear differential locker to get through one particularly rough spot. Good to know it still works. Most of the short hike was a pleasant stroll along an old 4x4 track down to the bottom of a canyon, across a stream, then up the other side to the top of the hill where the fortress is located. The last 0.3 miles was through some brush, mostly scrub oak, followed by a scramble up the cliff band surrounding the hill near its top. As usual with hilltop fortresses, the views from the top were amazing. We only saw one artifact inside the fortress walls and it was of modern origin.
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Mar 01 2020
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Wandering My Desert Backyard, AZ 
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Went for a late morning walk in the desert behind our condo development. There's a lot of spring desert greenery but almost no flowers yet. Saw a few critters. Had fun playing hide and seek with a coyote for about 15 minutes until he got tired of the game and disappeared. He was stalking a covey of quail when I interrupted and scattered the quail. Walked through the desert all the way to Pinnacle Peak Rd then returned on the new dirt excavation for the extension of N 56th St to Pinnacle Peak Rd. It will be a major disruption to My Desert Backyard.
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Feb 20 2020
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Central Arizona Wilderness Roam, AZ 
Central Arizona Wilderness Roam, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2020
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Grasshopper and I invaded @MountainMatt territory to check out one of his ruin finds located on a high juniper covered mesa cut by deep canyons. The 4x4 track across the mesa was a slow and gut wrenching drive due to large half buried rocks littering the road. A large cloud of dust ahead of us had me puzzled until we got closer and discovered it was caused by a sizable herd of elk preceding us down the road. We finally got tired of bouncing around on the road and took off walking directly across country towards our destination. That turned out to be a faster, shorter route. As we approached within a half mile of the ruin we noticed pottery sherds and worked rock flakes littering the ground - this continued all the way to the ruin.

The ruin was located on the end of a point sticking out into a deep canyon. There were many crumbled down rock walls outlining about 15 rooms. The walls were built with irregular shaped basalt rocks which don't stand up well over time so the tallest wall sections were only a few feet high. Most of the rooms were strung out in a line along the cliff edge of the canyon. We explored the ruins, stopped for lunch with a view, then headed back to the car to drive 25 miles to a pictograph location almost in MountainMatt's backyard. On the way we stopped at his home in Pine to drop off keys he lost under the back seat of my FJ Cruiser 3 weeks ago. (Our bargaining chip for getting him to reveal the locations we visited on this day). :)

Photos of the pictographs are included in this triplog. We had a difficult time finding the pictographs because the topo map position provided by Matt appeared to be off or wasn't quite precise enough given the large number of rock mounds with alcoves at this location. A kind local drove up as we were headed back to the car after giving up the search. He asked if we were looking for "the cave" and when we described the pictographs he said "They're right up there" and pointed to a rock out cropping directly above us on the hillside.

It was a productive day, lots of scenic views, ancient rock piles and some unique pictographs. Thanks @MountainMatt, for sharing.
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Feb 17 2020
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Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Feb 17 2020
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Hiking4.90 Miles 1,180 AEG
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Hiked up the Boulder Canyon Trail from Canyon Lake to a LaBarge Canyon viewpoint with my snowbird friend from Michigan. It was her first venture into the Superstition Wilderness and this was a great place to see some of the grandeur of this wilderness as well as some great views of Canyon Lake. We turned around after stopping for a lunch time snack at the viewpoint where the trail starts its steep descent to LaBarge Creek.
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Jan 31 2020
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Tonto Basin Explore #2, AZ 
Tonto Basin Explore #2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2020
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Hiking1.70 Miles 720 AEG
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This was our second hike of the day exploring the foothills below the 4-Peaks at the south end of the Mazatzals. Our destination was the top of a peak to check for possible ruins of an ancient Indian hilltop fortress. The peak, actually more of a hill, was approximately the same height as the one we hiked to earlier in the day and we also found a hilltop compound type ruin here similar in size and layout to the one on the previous hill. It also had commanding views of the northwest end of Roosevelt Lake. When the ancients were here there would have been views of Tonto Creek and the probable fields along the creek where they grew crops. The other hilltop ruin which was only 3 miles away could also be seen from this hilltop.

The outer rock wall extended around the entire periphery of the hilltop. The total length of this wall is approximately 425 ft as measured on the GE image. There appeared to be a cluster of 4 to 6 rooms against the peripheral wall on the east side and there were some random sections of wall elsewhere within the enclosure. Any other room walls if they had existed may have been knocked down by pot hunters or grazing cattle. We didn't see much in the way of pottery sherds or other artifacts scattered on the surface.
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Jan 31 2020
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Tonto Basin Explore #1, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 31 2020
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Hiking1.30 Miles 780 AEG
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Grasshopper and I headed out to Tonto Basin near Roosevelt Lake to do some off trail exploring in the foothills below the 4-Peaks at the south end of the Mazatzals. Since the Mazatzals are MountainMatt territory we invited him to join us. We ended up doing short hikes at two different locations. This triplog and photo-set covers the first of the two hikes.

This hike led us to the top of a hill with commanding views of the northwest end of Roosevelt Lake. It also had a large hilltop compound or fortress type Indian ruin with rock walls that encircled the entire circumference of the top of the hill. Based on the measurement function in GE, the outer walls spanned an area 191 feet across at its widest. There didn't appear to be many, if any, distinct habitation type rooms. But there were random sections of walls all over the place so possible these were part of room construction. There had been a plentiful supply of rocks for this extravagance. The GE satellite view appears to show a smaller inner circular rock wall inside the perimeter wall but the bushes made it difficult to see from ground level. Many of the rocks used for wall building were quite large, probably heavier than one person could lift by him/herself. Dense vegetation and thick soil made it difficult to see any possible artifacts scattered on the surface but there were a few small red pottery sherds in one area where the soil wasn't as thick.

We didn't hang around for very long at the ruin because there was another area we wanted to explore before the day was over.
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Jan 24 2020
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Mistake Peak RidgePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2020
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Hiking3.10 Miles 1,132 AEG
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Grasshopper and I are still working our way through a list of possible ruin locations found on Google Earth by ssk44. The destination for this hike was a small ruin he had spotted on the top of peak 5074 on a ridge leading up to Mistake Peak in Tonto Basin. The driving route requires crossing Tonto Creek at Punkin Center. We checked the creek level on-line before leaving Phoenix that morning and it was at 185 cubic ft per second which was below the 200 cfs recommended by ssk44 as the maximum for safe crossing. When we arrived at the creek I insisted we watch several vehicles driving across just to be sure it was safe. It seemed to be the safe thing to do since Ssk44 and GH have a history of drowning a nearly new Xterra while attempting to cross the Gila River. The crossing went OK and the rest of the drive to the trail head was uneventful.

This hike is all off trail with some meandering to go around thick clumps of brush and rock outcroppings. Only a few scraggly cats claw bushes were encountered. :y: The views of Tonto Basin and the Mazatzal Mountains to the west from the top of the peak were excellent. The ruin was where ssk44 had predicted. It appeared to have had about 8 rooms. The rock walls had all collapsed or been knocked down. Based on the size and shape of the rocks I would have expected some sections of wall to still be standing. That makes me suspect the walls had been purposefully knocked down. Pottery sherds were scattered about and there was a small collection in the ruin. We chose a slightly different route back to the car to make it a loop hike.
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Mistake Peak Picture Mountain
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Jan 11 2020
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Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
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It's great to have two grandchildren who like to hike. For this hike granddaughter Grace suggested the Gateway Loop. It had been my first hike in the AZ desert when my wife and I first started coming to AZ for the winter in 2010. I remember being amazed with the dense desert foliage. My curiosity about those pretty yellowish-green puff balls littering the trail led to a learning moment for what I would later find out were called Teddy Bear Cholla. I picked one up to get a closer look and soon had both hands stuck together followed by a very painful experience separating my hands from this puff ball. I have passed that lesson learned down to my grandchildren.

It was a beautiful sunny day with temps in the low 60s. We stopped for a noon time snack at the halfway point. A couple of hikers overheard me offering the kids some of Grandma's Christmas Fudge. Thought for a minute we might get mugged by those two for the fudge. But it turned out to be the starting point for some friendly conversation even though we weren't willing to share what was the last of the fudge.
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Jan 01 2020
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Bart Benchmark 3127Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.74 Miles 1,047 AEG
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Another most enjoyable New Year's Day hike with 18 fellow hikers. Thanks to Outdoor_Lover (Pam) for organizing this ninth in a series as well as all the preceding eight. The views of Bartlett Reservoir and the snow dusted Mazatzals were dazzling. The camaraderie among 19 people enjoying the hike was a great beginning for the new year. As usual, Pam's oatmeal cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries were delicious and the champagne was delightful.
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Dec 14 2019
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Elephant Mtn Loop - Spur Cross, AZ 
Elephant Mtn Loop - Spur Cross, AZ
 
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This was a Grandpa duty assignment - take two of my GKs on a day hike. I decided it was time to introduce them to one of the many ancient Indian ruins that dot the desert foothills northeast of Phoenix and test their endurance and interest levels for a hike that was a few miles longer than any they'd been on before. My choice for this hike was the Elephant Mountain loop in the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area with a short side trip to see the remains of a 600-700 year old fortress type Indian ruin on top of a small butte overlooking the Cave Creek area. The hike was a success, they enjoyed seeing the ruins and set a lively pace except when stopping for snack breaks to eat left-over pizza. I was worn out by the end of the hike but the GKs were still going strong.
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Dec 04 2019
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Balanced Rock Loop - MSPN, AZ 
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Hiking4.31 Miles 345 AEG
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Having some guy time with my nine year-old grandson was overdue so we headed for the Granite Mountain Trailhead in the North McDowell Sonoran Preserve to do some hiking. The plan was to hike to Balanced Rock and we made a loop out of it by taking the Bootlegger Trail - Saddle Horn Trail - Granite Mtn Loop to the Balanced Rock Trail and then returning via the Powerline Road. The granite rock formations and views towards the Mazatzal Mtns make this one of my favorites for a local scenic desert hike.
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Nov 15 2019
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Spur Cross 6L Ranch - Cave Crk Trail 4 Loop, AZ 
Spur Cross 6L Ranch - Cave Crk Trail 4 Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking11.30 Miles 1,220 AEG
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I needed to get back outside so headed for Spur Cross Ranch Recreation Area. My choice for the day was a lollipop loop up the creek to the 6L Ranch Location, then taking the cutoff trail up to Cave Creek Trail #4 for the return. I hadn't done this hike since March 2017. The creek was bone dry until I reached the area below the old gold mine. There were some pools of water and a trickle of water flowing at one of the creek crossings. I would suggest not drinking this water below the old mine even if you filter it. The mine used cyanide leaching in open pits to remove gold. The trail can be a little difficult to follow in this area due to past flash floods moving a lot of stuff around - just follow the horse hoof prints left by guided horse back tours to see the petroglyphs at about 4 miles from the parking lot.

The cutoff trail from the 6L Ranch location up to Cave Creek Trail #4 can also be difficult to follow and it's easy to get taken off course by animal trails that look a lot like the trail you're trying to follow. I got off track a couple of times but had a gps track to get me back on course. The temps were getting a little warm hiking up to the Trail #4 intersection but my wet Frog Toggs Chilly Pad neckie saved the day. 8) The ankle twisting rocks on the trail are always a pain, especially if you're trying to make good time. But keeping a close eye on the trail to avoid these rocks has the side benefit of discovering scattered ancient pottery sherds in several locations.
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Oct 29 2019
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Reynolds Creek Loop, AZ 
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This was a short loop hike on the Reynold's Creek Trail #150 to check out Fall colors. Starting out up #150 from the trailhead we found the trail had some fairly recent maintenance work clearing brush and fallen logs from the trail. A small herd of cattle had helped with the trail clearing by browsing the vegetation down to the ground for a few feet on each side of the trail for maybe the first quarter mile. The falls had just a trickle of water. There were some nice red and yellow Fall colors but sparsely scattered up the canyon.

On the way back to the trailhead we encountered a young man, Tyler, who is the Forest Service Ranger overseeing grazing permits for the Payson and Young Ranger Districts. He lives in Young and works out of the Young Ranger Station which I thought had been closed. He informed us that the rancher had taken his cattle (7 head) out of the canyon a few days before.

Back at camp we had the coldest night of our 6 night camping trip with temps down to about 25 deg by morning and high winds gusting up to 40 mph. I couldn't get out of there fast enough that morning.
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Oct 28 2019
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Upper Deep Creek Cny Overlook - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
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This mostly off-trail hike starts at the Billy Lawrence trailhead at the end of FR235 and follows the top of a ridge northwest out to a viewpoint above upper Deep Creek Canyon. Then it turns west and continues to follow the ridge up to a rock butte. The rock formations and canyon views along this hike are spectacular. Finding a route through the rock formations along the ridge going west can be a little challenging and can require some scrambling up rock outcroppings. But you will be rewarded with views of a hoodoo village on the side of McFadden Horse Mountain and some pretty amazing mushroom shaped rock formations.
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Oct 27 2019
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Visiting a Home of the Ancients - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Visiting a Home of the Ancients - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2019
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Hiking3.00 Miles 1,270 AEG
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This was my fourth day hike of our 6 night (7 for GH) camping trip to the Sierra Ancha. I first hiked to this ancient habitation site in Oct 2012 but GH had not been there before and wanted to see it. It was time to revisit it. The site was more difficult to find and a tougher off-trail hike than I recalled. A good thing I still had my 2012 gps track to follow although it left both GH and I wondering where the heck it was going at times. I was a little spooked on that first visit because I was by myself and had almost stepped on a snoozing black tail rattle snake at the final approach to the site. So I hadn't hung around very long. This time I spent a little more time snooping and saw two thick wooden slabs on the floor of the inner most room that I had missed on the previous visit even though they showed up in one of my photos. :?

It's interesting to speculate on the reason for the odd layout of the rooms and what appears to be a connecting hallway to the back room. But having listened to my wife's suggestions for home "updates" on several occasions, the ancient floor plan did not surprise me. :M2C:

It was a worth while revisit to this site. There is always a lot more to be seen the second time around.
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