Friday, February 21, 2014

Two Local Mini Hikes & Search For Water Part I

   **Another post first published in MY newest Exploring page   Check it out!!**

           Good morning to everyone!  As always I hope that you enjoy this Exploring page even half as much as I enjoy posting and taking the pictures for this page.  This is my third such page, and I would like to hope that with my newest page things are getting close to perfect.  For the most part this blog is about amazing Arizona and will soon take us across the entire state and back.  I hope that you share the link with anyone that lives in the sun filled state, has a special place in there heart for Arizona, or to your family and friends that are not seeing as much sunshine!  Although I try to keep this page very local -sometimes I venture further down the road.  Next week I will be in Palm Springs, so of course several picture filled posts will follow.  Our new home is Benson, Arizona so many of the adventures focus around this part of Arizona at the moment.  For tons of more adventures  and maybe some random rambling please check out my first blog page  at:

I just read an amazing article about how important it is to take your kids on hikes.
From teaching them new skills, to just getting them away from it all.
And most of the time I take one or all of our kids along with me.
On this day though it was just Butch and I.
Sometimes we just need to be alone with our thoughts
sweating out the negatives and enjoying the quiet the desert has to offer.

Like these plants I have been searching for areas of water in the last week of Exploring.
Not an easy task when in the desert in February.
But the next few posts will show I have found some areas in and around Benson!

Most of the places we seem to roam will be filled with gushing water during the mighty monsoon season.

Down by the runoff I found this small rock stack.
I used to find them all of the time while roaming around the bay in Bellingham, Washington.
An area so pretty I also have a picture filled blog page just from the area!

Maybe after coming from an area with so much water--to living here
is the main reason I am looking for an desert oasis.
Maybe I am just bored.

Rock stacking-Expert level.

Clouds kept rolling in and than on by on this day.

This downed barbed wire fence is not protecting much anymore.

 Although we saw many signs that water was lurking just below the sandy surface, we found no standing water once again.  These pictures are once again from the area in Benson just down from the motels, Jack In The Box, and on the way to the city dump.  I have reported on this area several times before and had found no water so we moved on. 

What path will you choose?
In your hikes and in every day life. 
The easy path that is well traveled
or the path that few have ventured. 

Before we venture to the next Exploring location--I must vent a little bit. 
Every time I take a hike through the desert, I find piles of garbage every time I venture out.  Many times when still basically in city limits.  
I realize the above picture is of abandoned palm trees and not really garbage, but it was dumped in the middle of the desert.  
This is the desert NOT your personal/free dump sight.  
My kids are instantly drawn to the garbage to look for something neat or to break. 
And of course our dogs are equally as drawn. 
This takes away from any great adventure -every time. 
If you pack it in--pack it out. 

Please stop!

 OK  I will jump off of my soap box now and continue on with the Exploring.

We jumped in the pickup and headed further down the road.
Still searching for water. 
This time we headed towards St David.
Parking just before the rail road tracks and quickly headed across the highway- down beside the bridge. 

Butch and I had found water. 
Nor much and not the cleanest
but Butch was instantly running back and forth threw the liquid. 

Since we were again greeted by a very sunny day, we ventured on.

This mostly hidden tree fort looks strong still, but also appears to not have been used for a very long time.  

Soon we found a solar powered electric fence.  After stopping Butch from marking the fence- we decided it was time to head back.  
But first I must share this quick story about my buddy I am going to visit next week.
Years ago he and some friends decided to tube a mighty river in the heart of Washington state. 
My buddy got separated from his group and at some point decided to leave the cooling water and walk.  He came to this huge field and noticed many cows just standing in the middle of the field with what appeared to be a string supported by fence posts all around the cows. 
The pasture was in the way of getting to his truck -so he proceeded forward. 
As he again started walking, he pondered why the stupid cows would stay in an area only protected by a thin string. 
He was still processing this, as he approached the string and grabbed it with both hands.
This completed the circuit and shocked the crap out of my buddy.
It seems he really is a city slicker, and was not simply grabbing a cow restraing string, but the wire for an electric fence!

This was just on the other side of the electric fence.   
I am not sure what it is, but it really seemed to need to be protected. 
And I was not about to get shocked to attempt to learn what this was for.  

One last shot of the actual flowing water, before heading back to the truck.

This was Butch as soon as we returned home.  

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