Thursday, May 19, 2011

Adventure to Sierra Ancha

You know when you get older and you realize you really are like your parents??? Had a moment like that this past week – I got antsy, unfocused and I knew the remedy – an outdoorsy adventure! My mom is the same way – we used to take day trips frequently up around Arizona as kids. Now, I have the same habits. The perfect partner in crime is my brother Neil – he has the same issue needing to get out – and a bonus he really knows some unique places in Arizona. I provide the 4 wheel drive vehicle.

We got up Saturday not sure where to go, but then looking at the weather he suggested the Sierra Anchas. This area is between Globe and Young, Arizona. While we had a somewhat plan to got to a waterfall on workman’s creek the benefit of 4 wheel drive meant we could just keep going and see what was discovered. In all, we went up to a fire tower on Aztec peak seeing far to the rim country, found random cabins and then decided based on a ranger suggestion and Neil’s memory to try for some Native American dwellings. It was only after the fact did I put two and two together when the ranger was talking about the hike (or really climb) up to the dwelling did I get he mentioned a few people had died trying to get there. Oops…. Well we made it and since we had some climbing smarts never felt like I was in danger, but I will saw it meant staying close to the ground on the way up and down since it was STEEP. Here are the pics! Enjoy!

Aztec Peak Fire tower

Um yeah....just alittle steep climb!

Workmans creek!

Finally made it up to the dwellings!


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