I did not mess around. After 26 hours of solo desert travel, the culture shock hit a bit. I moved up towards Thatcher, then onto one of my favorite areas in Arizona!
High speed dirt put me up in the oaks and that crap.
That is Table Mnt. and Little table Mnt. Rug road goes right in between the two. (The Saddle )
The Santa Therasa Mountains
It was much warmer in the valley.
The Aravaipa valley and canyon are spectacular any season of the year, in winter with no leaves on the trees you can see a lot more of the canyon walls and rim.
My next concern was the water depth, the first two crossings told me I would have little trouble keeping my gear and feet dry. One of the more scenic crossings.
When I arrived at the mouth of Turkey creek it looked a little messy.
I still had enough sun in the canyon for photos and to set camp, but I knew how cold it would be.
Plus there would be no sunshine until late morning, I knew that left only one option. The climb up the first set of switchbacks out of Turkey onto Rug road.
Damn, that was exciting. I pulled up to the bench above Oak Grove canyon and call it home, with a lot of nice sunshine and a 360 view.
Time to set camp and relax in the warmth.