View Full Version : Arizona Trip

12-09-2009, 04:42 PM
Mitchell and I went to AZ for 2 weeks. This time there was no screwing around. We were either wheeling or riding ATVs, riding an old XR350 dirtbike, camping with friends and relatives, or shooting handguns. Not to mention, plenty of XX Amber went down the tube. Mitchell rode his bicycle, but I believe it or not did no mountain bike riding with a bit of a chest cold. Mitchell did actually very well for the 14.5 hour drive to Prescott and back, stopping only for gas. I could only drive about 65-68 mph to keep the fuel economy less horrible with 5.29's at 2800 rpm. The trucker traffic on I-40 was the usual bear.

The first trip down ther was in the valley, southeast of Phoenix, near Florence, camping on the Gila river. No RTT this time. It actually rained for the first time since September (this was mid-November) The tree cover was heavy and gave the 'Cruiser some Arizona pinstriping from Mesquite trees. One just about ripped the top of the snorkle off!:

We had a real cattle drive come thru camp in the morning, and yes, we were warned and got the kids in the rigs and out of the way. There were a couple of big 'ol steers not in the pic that were 'bent on going one way. You can hear tree branches crack and the commotion from a distance:

Another pic, with my buddies 1990 exta cab:

12-09-2009, 04:46 PM
We also went camping with a group of friends that had a CJ rock crawler that Mitchell got to ride in. It is an '86 with a SBC, dana 300, and full width 60 and 14 bolt. He did not do too much "crawling" per se on this outing, but was super fun going up and down the washes bottoming out the coilovers. He trailered it up the wash on a heavy equipment trailer, pulled by his2WD F-550. The Palo Verde trees and cactus added some desert pinstriping:

Our camp on a 1000 acre cactus farm with old mines and springs scattered about. It took a 6 mile drive up a wide wash from the Carefree Highway near Lake Pleasant to get to camp:

The desert is a wonderful place:

12-09-2009, 04:48 PM
Saved for Prescott pics

12-09-2009, 05:42 PM
I need to scan some shots but I used to frequent the road north of Carefree that went up through Seven Springs and then cut over to Bloody Basin. There were scores of roads to go off and explore as well as some popular ones like Sheep Crossing, Power Line, and Red Creek. Lots of old Indian Ruins out there too. Me and a group of friends did the Verde from Childs down to Horseshoe in canoes (3 days through a wilderness) 4 times. I love the desert too.

I was just out there in September and the family that is taking care of my dad (he's in a group home) took me out to Pleasant fishing. We had the place to ourselves. Saw lots of wild burros out there. Lots. Like 50 of em.

Very cool pics.

12-10-2009, 09:11 AM
WOW that looks like fun.

Mitchell and I went to AZ for 2 weeks. This time there was no screwing around. We were either wheeling or riding ATVs, riding an old XR350 dirtbike, camping with friends and relatives, or shooting handguns.Not to mention, plenty of XXX Amber went down the tube.

That sounds like a short list of a good time to me!

12-11-2009, 12:04 AM
That's a lot of cacti! Wow. Very cool pics. I've never done anything like that -- makes me want to go. :)

12-11-2009, 09:09 AM
I was down there around Xmas time last year, and we did a motorcycle trip in the Tonto NF for a couple days. Tons of trails for technical riding, plus high speed fun in the washes. I think it was around 45-50* at 8:00am, and the locals were complaining about how cold it was...:rolleyes:

12-11-2009, 09:06 PM
Beautiful pics.

37's :D