Posts Tagged With: Arizona

A little Canyoneering

2018-10-28

Last July, we had made plans to hike into a remote area of Happy Valley, “When the weather cools down.”  Our friend Bruce told me of several fun things back in there and to expect some mild Canyoneering. We’ll follow his lead.

See here: https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2018/10/12/happy-valley-waterfalls/

DF, Bruce and myself, were the ones gathered on Sunday Morning. We loaded ourselves into my SUV.

Back in October, hurricanes in Mexico’s Pacific waters had left us with some hard weather in Southern Arizona, including flooding and golf ball sized hail. When we arrived along the road into Happy Valley, we were pleasantly surprised to find water flowing over the road from the runoff of the mountains. The story begins.

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I keep threatening to splash through these gullies, as we soak up the ambiance of tall trees and grassy hillsides. Blooms are coming out like springtime. Some hilltops in the distance look as if they were sprinkled with a thick layer of mustard.

There is also a change in the colors of some of the trees. Golden hews explode out of the more usual green canopy.

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Carr Peak…Perfect! Part III: THE RETURN:

2018-09-08

We have been up Carr Peak in the Huachuca Mountains. There could be a chance of rain on this mountaintop. We have a downhill walk after a long days hiking in wonderment.

The previous Part I can be found here:

https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2019/01/02/carr-peakperfect/

and Part II:

https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2019/01/11/carr-peakperfect-part-ii/

When it feels like time to return, I look to see what is happening with that large storm out west. It seems to be heading down into Mexico and might pass south of us. We haven’t brought our rain ponchos, Arizonans that we are. We speculate the chill that a storm like that could have on our unprotected bodies. We’ll keep one eye open.

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Carr Peak…Perfect! Part II

2018-09-08

We’re walking up Carr Peak in the Huachuca Mountains. This day trip is exploratory and an experiment to gather full confidence to backpack to Miller Peak before the season’s end our opportunities.

Last week, we began our foray up Carr Peak, which may be found here:

https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2019/01/02/carr-peakperfect/

We are about to venture into one of the most astounding moments of a lifetime…naked.

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Carr Peak…Perfect!

2018-09-08

We have been doing more and more difficult climbs to be in shape for backpacking up to Miller Peak in the Huachuca Mountains. Carr Peak is a neighbor. Climbing it will tell us how much water we will have to carry to Miller Peak and give us a better idea of what is in store for us. By the end of this day, we will have had a cumulative elevation gain of around 2800 ft. and then back down, all in about six and a half miles. This will cover about half of the trek to Miller Peak.

The monsoon rains are winding down. After weeks of nearly daily rains, these mountains may be in a floral splendor according to a Forest Ranger that I talked to. The weather is looking perfect, it’s in the mid-seventies and there is little chance of rain.

We drive up Friday evening after work. I have the back of the SUV set up as a bed, so all that we have to do is eat, grab our bags and hit the trail Saturday morning.

Looking Up at Carr Peak from the Campground

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Cochise Stronghold and the Great Mushroom Hunt: Part III

2018-08-18

 

Next Morning:

We are at Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains. We have a wonderful campsite and have hiked to the pass on the previous day. The story of that is in two parts is here:

https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2018/11/02/cochise-stronghold-i/

And here:

https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2018/11/12/cochise-stronghold-ii/

We have a short sunrise wander, just before the morning begins to warm. The tent is already heating up, but we slide back into bed.

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Cochise Stronghold II

2018-08-17

We are on a hike along the trail at Cochise Stronghold. We have found a pocket just before the season’s campground opening and been blessed with a cool day with the shade of a parade of fluffy clouds.

The first part of the story can be found here:

https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2018/11/02/cochise-stronghold-i/

We have reached our water source at Half Moon Tank.

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Cochise Stronghold I

2018-08-17

Cochise Stronghold is a part of the habitat of the Chiricahua Apaches. When settlers began to make their way into the area, destroying the lives of those who lived there, a “war” eventually broke out.

To put it briefly, Apache raids could be conducted from these safe rugged mountains. Cochise, who was initially prone to a peace, found himself accused of a crime. Then, members of his family were taken hostage. He then saw futility. There were white betrayals, which lead to more decades of war.

Eventually, Cochise died and was secretly buried in these mountains.

As I walk through this incredible landscape of fortress-like boulders and hoodoos, I watch water leach out of rocks and then stream down them. I sit in the shade of many types of trees and consider the abundance hidden here. I hold thoughts of Apache lives. I ponder some nebulous foreign peoples beginning to force the takeover of my own homeland. I can imagine how I might feel and how I might react.

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Free Range 101 at the Hot Springs

2018-04-15

It’s another day Eden at the Hot springs. We’re walking out for an exploration into the desert foothills.

We start with another meditative breakfast at the duck pond. It is warmer today.

We want to do the hike that we had planned the last visit, then return with enough time to indulge our senses in the various waters as they call to us. We will have to drive home tonight.

North of the hills where people set up their prayer circles of stones, there is the distant valley. We have seen it as a green ribbon of mesquite along a dry wash. It looked to be an inviting hike. There was a sense of “out there”, to go trekking into the wide open spaces, liberation.

SEE the story where this one picks up here:

https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2018/02/26/a-valentine-and-eden-2018-a-trip-report-part-ii/

We begin to pass through the familiar and then make our way into an exploration.

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Foothills in 4×4 Low

2018-04-14

 

We are at the hotsprings still. It is Saturday after arriving on Friday. Today we have directions to the rough road that leads back into the foothills of the mountains to the north. We are going to explore today. You might read about Friday here first:

https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2018/06/22/exploring-the-foothills/

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A Mingus Mountain Trail: Group Hiking

2018-06-17

I mentioned a while back about a non-landed group that we had had a couple of decades ago in southern Arizona, “Southern Arizona Naturist Society, SANS.” Today, we will be hiking similarly with a group. This is a different way to be free range than what DF and I usually present.

We are in the Prescott, Arizona area. Our host has created, or refurbished a trail in the nearby mountains and we’re all meeting up to hike it naked.

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