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  1. Had a wonderful trip. Nice to meet some new faces. One of my new favorite camping spots.


    Link to complete album:




    Link to highlights album: https://picasaweb.google.com/110968346826086888564/20140419RedcreeekFacebook?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCK6-rdb83-_dhAE&feat=directlink


    Some of my favorite photos:


    Dianne playing in the roots section of the trail



    Playing on the optional rock obstacle



    Verde River next to camp spot



    Plane coming in and landing



    Sorry I don't have time to post up more at the moment.

  2. I got an email saying they are about to release the newest Funtreks guidebook for trails in California. If you order now it saves you about $10. They also have a seperate option to get the tracks and maps for your GPS devices.


    Link to the site: http://www.funtreks.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=productdetails&virtuemart_product_id=23&Itemid=393&utm_source=FunTreks+Publishing+List&utm_campaign=c4bbd6bf97-California_3_12_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_04fa7d60cc-c4bbd6bf97-312518037


    Email Read:

    New California Guidebook!

    Pre-Order now and save on the new Guide to California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails.

    This book replaces two black-and-white books that were long overdue for updates. We redrove everything and completely redesigned the book in our new concealed spiral format. We eliminated closed trails and selected the best 100 from the remaining list. We think these trails are, collectively, the best batch of California trails ever put together in one place. Whether you are a newcomer to 4-wheeling or an experienced veteran, we guarantee you'll have fun.




    New full-color, easy-to-read layout.

    100 guaranteed FUN off-highway adventures rated easy, moderate and difficult.

    Concealed spiral binding with heavy-duty plastic laminate cover for durability.

    ATV, UTV and motorcycle-use friendly.

    Maps now include detailed relief backgrounds.

    Historical highlights in trail descriptions.

  3. Chris and I always enjoy exploring the Superior, AZ area.


    Complete Photo Album Here: https://picasaweb.google.com/110968346826086888564/20140308Superior?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCMe0sJCx8fr8rAE&feat=directlink


    Link to the My Tracks I took:





    We started off checking out the Ray Mine Overlook. I knew it was a big mine but didn't realize how big. The giant trucks looked like toys from the overlook.





    Historic Marker talks about how this mine swallowed up one town when the copper was found. We previously knew the town of Ray, AZ was also wiped out but didn't know this mine also took out Sonora, AZ:








    After checking out the mine we drove back up to Battle Axe Rd and headed out to check out the spur trails. Lots of them were unfortunately blocked by Asarco "No Trespassing" signs. Pesky mines!






    Up a rocky shelf road. Great views at the top...and a gate blocking our way.








    So we turned around and headed back into the wash and into a rock garden. There was a slight trickle of water down this area.


    The first obstacle was a very tight squeeze for our wide WJ. We felt the right front bumper scrape and had to back up and try a slightly different line. One slight scratch. My husband failed to prove he needed the new bumper "right now". Guess he'll try harder in the future.




    Shady spot




    As the wash progressed the guys stopped to check out a waterfall on the left that might be a fun way out. It turned out to be too tough and George upon further investigation found the trail was blocked by large trees some ways up.




    Small step down:






    We parked shortly after this in a shady spot and decided to walk down the canyon to investigate. It became challenging very quickly. Looked like buggies had come through but we couldn't make it. The rocks were really interesting and the trickle of water a rare treat.










    We came to a man made dam with a pipe sticking out. The bees had made a home here. I didn't think if I went over the dam I would get back up it so Chris and I stopped our hike here. The rest continued on. We made our slow steady hike back up the boulders to our lunch spot. It was a beautiful day and the breeze was lighter in the lunch spot. After lunch we turned around and decided to investigate a spur trail out of the wash. But first we had to climb back out the step and through that lovely squeeze area. My husband's second chance at a new bumper!








    Looking back at where we came from:




    The trail wound through the hills and eventually dropped us down into a large wash. We were curious to see if this would lead us back to the highway or a new way out.




    Instead we found a very full and fast moving Gila River. No crossing point on the other side even if we were dumb enough.






    The group walked down the shoreline for a while and checked the maps. Unfortunately it didn't look like there was a crossing or a way back to the highway. So we turned around and retraced our route back to Battle Axe Rd.




    We had a great time and really appreciate everyone leading this trip. On the way home (while I was fast asleep) our Jeep hit a new milestone:




    Thanks again to ORP for another fun adventure!

  4. I would add that when traveling in a foreign country it is a great idea to register yourself in advance with the US Embassy or Consulate. You'll also get travel alerts while in country. It is easy to do at https://step.state.gov/step/


    That way in case there is a natural disaster or you end up in jail the US Embassy knows who to notify back here in the states.


    Also a great idea to write down the US Embassies contact info for emergency help and give a copy of your passport to a loved one in case your passport gets stolen.....


    Okay I will get off my work soapbox :)

  5. Here is link to the complete photo album: https://picasaweb.google.com/110968346826086888564/2014Quartzite?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJ_n1fPZlo6o-wE&feat=directlink



    Started off in Quartzite on some dusty trails and then into a narrow canyon:










    Arriving at Dripping Springs. Neat area with lots of petroglyphs, a little water coming out, and a nice beehive that Chris and I moved quickly away from.








    Found lots of bones near the water. Wondered where the mountain lion was :)




    After lunch we moved on to explore some of the mines in the area:








    Checking out the cabin and the items that were left here:








    Morning sunrise at camp:



    The next day we made our way over to Harquahala Peak. Really scenic and steep 10 mile road to the top.




    "Hope" trail leading for the last mile or so on the last really steep section:






    Nice shot of Chris at the top:




    WJ Parking:




    Site of the observatory:




    On our way back down we explored another mining camp off a spur trail:






    After exploring the dam and the various cabins at the site we made our way back up the spur trail to the main road. Then on to campsite at the bottom of the mountain:




    Looking down on the main camp group with the full moon setting:




    On the last day we quickly checked out the Black Rock Mine:







    Chris and I had another great time. It was a pleasure meeting some new faces on this trip. Thanks to ORP for another fun trip!

  6. I agree. I run a tent heater only the first 30 minutes upon wakening, and it helps to crawl out of the bag. Also, I pack extra blankets and put them under my sleeping bag, on my cot. I do have a 0 bag, and use it only when I know its going to be very cold, otherwise, I get too hot with the blankets under me!

    smiles, ladybug


    Any recomendation on a safe tent heater? We normally have the dog and don't want him tipping something over.



  7. Remind me to never mention rock stacking again. It was three freaking rocks and they got pushed out. We got over many hard obstacles that day with no problems. Thanks for insulting our driving skills and capabilities in your later posts. It's not like we had to stack on everything to get us through.


    Just trying to share a nice trip report and thank the people we went with.

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