Our last day we had breakfast early – some having oatmeal and coffee
(Craig’s coffee pot was a nice addition).
Then there was Dennis making blueberry pancakes!
He is our official backpacking gourmet chef!
as we each chose to explore new canyon’s re-visit special places or spend
some quality time alone thankful for such a wonderful place!
We packed up but before we got underway, a rattlesnake that felt they had
wandered too close to his space and warned them of such startled Barb and
The rest of the hike out passed quickly and soon we were at our vehicles,
enjoying cold refreshments.
Ben Velasquez wrote:
This was my first try at “real” camping so I was very excited to
try. I believe the hardest part of the whole adventure was the drive.
That little truck of my son’s was not the fastest thing in the world.
I did not believe there could be scenery like that in southern Arizona.
The canyon (Devil’s?) that we at camped was something I would expect to
see in northern Arizona.
To look straight up a couple hundred feet was just amazing.
I was disappointed that I saw no wild life except for 4 deer on our drive out.
Charles and I were looking the mountain sheep.
I haven’t forgotten singing around the campfire.
Barb has a great voice and the sounds of Janis Joplin and the Blues songs made
the night. I’m a big blues fan.
Her voice was also apparent when she saw bugs and Rattle snakes.
I would have liked for Jeannie M. to sing a whole song.
She was great back-up. I was envious of Craig and his guitar playing.
I have trouble playing the radio.
Jeannie V., you and Tom ought to work up a duet for the April trip; maybe Sunny
and Cher song.
I want you all to know that trip, carrying the pack maybe, loosened up kidney
The next week I passed several kidney stones and it really hurt but it was worth
I do believe that Dennis should be the camp cook.
The pancakes he cooked looked really good. He seemed to enjoy too.
Did you ever get your stove to work properly?
I can still picture you scrambling for safety when that thing was lit.
Thanks for the memories guys. I look forward to more trips.
If someone has pictures they would like to share I would love to see them.
I took my camera but I was so excited I only took 5 pictures.
Dennis Miller wrote:
The most memorable part of the Aravaipa Wilderness as the actual campsite,
situated at the base of Hell’s Hole Canyon.
The dried wild grass that stood a foot provided excellent cushioning for weary
legs and sore backs after hiking side canyons and sloshing through calf-high
waters of Aravaipa Creek.
The only disappointment was the lack of wildlife (with the exception of
Jeannie’s rattlesnake) in the wilderness area.
I guess we made too much noise for the “locals”.
I have to thank Tom and Jeannie for organizing the trip.
A return adventure is a MUST!!!
Dennis, a.k.a Jerky, Social Climber
Chuck Parsons wrote:
Jeannie and Tom, Thanks for organizing a terrific backpacking experience into
I believe we are all already looking forward to the Spring, 1999 return trip
Barb and Craig, thanks to both of you for providing such great nightly campfire
It is quite apparent you two once worked together the way you harmonized and
blended guitar and singing so well.
You did Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, and any number of past and present R &
B greats proud.
Barb, please don’t ever lose that refreshingly wonderful child-like
curiosity you have.
You managed to keep something we all started out with as children, but
unfortunately seem to lose somewhere during the transition to adulthood.
Aravaipa – what a special, unique place this is with it’s
picturesque, winding stream flowing year-round, towering canyon walls that
almost seem to reach out and touch that deep blue Arizona sky, deep, dark slot
canyons that beckon mysteriously, evidence of numerous waterfalls just waiting
for the right amount of rainfall to spring into life and pour their contents
over towering precipices into the still remaining clear deep pools hundreds of
feet below, and so many different life forms – some no doubt unique to
How fortunate we all really are to live in this special place called Arizona.
I believe a big part of what this hiking club is and should be all about is to
help keep this place special for the generations to follow in our footsteps.