As promised, here’s a video from Sunday’s day trip across Perry Mesa.
Agua Fria National Monument Day TripCorrection: Mining dates should read 1882 not 32
Video Tech Info: Not aware of the consequences, I made the mistake of capturing video of our day trip in High Definition (Canon SX1). Even with endless editing/cutting yesterday, the smallest acceptable movie was still over 9 gigabytes. (YouTube only allows 2GB). Trail/error and googling and asking for help (thanks Michael), I finally got it down to a manageable size. Any jerkiness or abrupt transitions are my fault….the result of my drastic editing trying to reduce the file. I’m going to master this yet!
Hike leader extraordinaire, Larry Levy, treated us to a day in the Agua Fria National Monument yesterday. Imagine walking a few miles across a field of canon balls and you get the idea of how tough it was to hike across Perry Mesa! (Not for hikers with weak ankles). Well worth it, though, if you have a love of Native American history and early mining history (Larry is a mining expert).
We visited several dwellings and also an old mining camp. Today I’m sharing two images of petroglyphs found high on a hill above the mining camp. (tough lighting conditions) Tomorrow, I hope to post a little video/slideshow of the day (maybe!).
Wonderful hike at Spur Cross Ranch yesterday. It’s an area filled with remnants of ancient history,
early mining and ranching. The lush riparian areas along Cave Creek in the park are the most surprising.
We’re so thankful to those who fought long and hard to spare this area from development!
(Internet access wasn’t an issue on the road…..forgetting my laptop was 🙂
Day one we head for Gila Bend. I’ve been through before but never stopped to photograph the funky hotel.
So…what’s in Gila Bend besides the hotel? There are several petroglyph sites including the area pictured below called Painted Rocks. Imagine a pile of boulders with almost every one being covered with rock art. Very cool!
Next stop is our Bed and Breakfast in Ajo. Having no clue what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised to see this charming historic cottage. The owner, Mike, has run his Guest House Inn for over 20 years. More about it tomorrow.
After checking in, we hurried out to find food before the town closed down for the night.
After a scrumptious mexican meal, we photographed the town’s historic plaza and mission.
Thanks to Allan Willey for an awesome hike this morning! Not only did I photograph a flower I had never seen (Anemone tuberosa aka Desert Anemone) but our group had the privilege of seeing Petroglyphs that were off the beaten track. (Because these are sensitive archeological sites, I have removed the photos from this post).