The Buckskin Trail

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
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Trip End Jun 04, 2012


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Saturday, January 28, 2012

After the wind calmed down a bit, we walked from our site to take the Buckskin Trail.  It's two miles of ups and down to the site of an abandoned mineshaft.  The area is beautiful!  Again we spot our favorite cacti, the Saguaros.  They are scattered infrequently over the area.  The hike was strenuous, even for us, two fit and active seniors. We met a few folks enroute, primarily since it's Saturday and the worker bees get to take some time off.  Actually, the trail is more like a mile and a half, according to the GPS on the phone.  The wind started to get active as we returned, but felt good in the temperature we encountered.

After lunch and recuperating a bit, we drove to the Parker Dam.  It's a bit unique in shape and is considered the tallest dam in the US.  Sixty five feet of that height is underground, so it's not as impressive as you would imagine.  There were a couple of caches in the area, so we sought them out.  We met a party of four other geocachers looking for the same one as we.  After finding the spot, on a slippery slope, we couldn't locate and left.  Later, the group told us that it was about fifteen feet from where the coordinates said it should be.  I'm glad we left them to locate it.

We walked back to the car and found a second one easily.  Not in a dangerous spot and "spot on" in location.

The temperature is fine now, but the wind is gusting and having it's way with us.  Not in a bad way, just the way that it does.  The chill factor is down to about sixty-five degrees, so it's still tolerable with a jacket for those who live here.
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ferd on

So you are geo cacheing.....very interesting! So what was that Lynne? Old cave or mine.....Indian dwelling? The temps sound GREAT I could live with the breeze! Hugs

Mary C. on

Even though I don't always comment it doesn't mean I'm not still lurking about and watching what you and Lynn are doing, ya know.

cherie on

great pics as usual. All you're missing in MT are horrendous winds!

mnoble61
mnoble61 on

Ah, the hikes....my favorite thing to do when we are out and about..and best things for we "seniors". Still in the upper 30s and 40s here and I think 55 yesterday....strangest winter yet. But you are in much sunnier conditions. Liked the Ralph shadow shot....like a gold miner out to look for gold.

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