Originally Posted by BillyBob58
WarEagle, you're killin me with those pics! I dearly loved camping all along the Mogollon (SP?) rim, in the San Francisco Peaks of Flagstaff and thru out the White Mtns from 83-85. ( I also loved the desert in the winter!)
And all of that was before I was a hammock hanger! Man oh man, what I could do out there now! Once I was camped right on the edge of a multihundred foot sheer cliff, on the Mog. Rim a couple of thousand feet above Payson. With my little North Face Westwind tent door facing the empty air over the cliff. The next morning as I was waking up with the sun rise, I was still in my tent drinking coffee I boiled up on my little stove without even getting out of my bag. All of a sudden a large flock of turkeys flew in and landed a stones throw from my tent, roosting in nooks and crannies in and trees growing around the cliff! What a beautiful morning that was. I also would often come across Elk and deer. Wasn't there a HUGE fire in the whites a few years ago, destroying a vast amount of beautiful forest in the White Mountains?
That river in your last pic reminds be of camping and trout fishing along the Black River. I think that was the name of it. Man, that was great too! Which river is that one in your pic?
I don't live out there anymore, but it has just occured to me there is no reason not to plan a hammock backpacking trip!
You guys really need some rain, don't you? I can't stand the thought of any more of those beautiful forests burning down. But, nature will do what nature will do.
Send more pics!
PS: Litchfield Park. Isn't that pretty near Luke AFB, where I was stationed 1970-73? ( Yep, I'm a bit of a geezer! age 58.) I think my old bones contributed greatly to me falling in love with hammocking and getting off the ground!
Oh, you're not kidding. The desert winter is the best. Although it can get pretty nippy if you're not prepared for it.
Every morning is nice when stepping out of the comfort of a hammock. Just thinking of all of those bugs and rain if you had any you escaped from during the night makes it so much better. Plus with the HHs, no scorpions in your boots! And yours--even though you were tenting--sounds like one for the record books. Any pictures from that event? And you're correct on the fire and fires. I was out in the Mazatzal's back in January and it is slowly recovering from its most recent fire. Mt Lemmon in Tucson had a bad one on the south side a few years ago. The desert around Kitt Peak just went through a pretty bad fire--I could see it really well in my NVGs the other night. And there was a fire in the White Mtns a while ago but I think it is recovering really well. I think someone got lost/hurt and made a fire that got out of control after they rescued them--not sure on the specifics though.
Funny you say "River". Yes this is the West Fork of the Black River and it was cold. More like a creek. But I wish I'd have caught some good sized mudbugs out of it and cooked them up. That would have been good.
Yes, you should make a trip to Arizona and explore some with the multiple degrees of freedom a hammock provides. Pack light and bring an extra Camelbak pouch if you do decide to come here. The rain situation is fairly bleak. Everyone is counting on the monsoon to help out, but we haven't had a good rain here in a while. I just can't believe even though we know we're in a drought, we still use water like we're not. Screw oil and gasoline, water is gonna be the most precious commodity in a few years if we don't stop acting crazy with it. Then there's the forestry control. I've no doubt that many of the forests in the western US are to the brim with undergrowth and kindling just asking for a fire--already we have witnessed the continual yearly increase in forest fires. Oh then get this, once they start blazing what do we do, pour as much water on them as we can to get them to go out. What a cycle!
That's the one--Litchfield Park. Although there are probably many more homes and metro cities around Phoenix than you remember or that you would believe. The city stretches from nearly the Superstitions in the east to the White Tank Mtns in the west if you can believe that! And 70-73, what did you do then?
Geez, I've gotta stop writing these books! More Pics to come. I took 220 pictures on the trip without a single roll of film--digital cameras are great!