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    15 Mile rain (Arizona)

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    .First Posted: March 16, 2003.

     
    Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona) Reavis Trail - track At noon I was sitting at the trailhead of Reavis Ranch Trail. Before arriving, i had a big plan -- reach the actual "Reavis Ranch", about 7 miles along the trail. But now I was sitting in my jeep, watching 3 guys load up 4 horses with supplies and backpacks -- in the rain. It was raining. Cats and dogs. Really raining. My jeep was shaking from the wind.

    Once i was on the trail, the rain didn't seem that bad. I had weak protection against real rain -- cotton pants and cotton "fall weather" jacket, with a good $4 poncho. This would do for any half hour walk in the rain, but not much more. In the first 3 minutes I thought my pants were holding out pretty good. Then within seconds they were totally wet and sticking to me. I was walking against the rain. I knew exactly what i should be wearing -- $120 Mountain Hardwear EPIC pants, and $250 Mountain Hardwear Exposure II jacket -- waterproof and breathable. Not water absorbent like a sponge. The rain weakened, and i pulled out my camera.

    before BIG ROCK .... Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona) before BIG ROCK .... Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona) before BIG ROCK .... Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona)

    3 cyclists .... Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona) cyclists .... Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona) I saw 3 cyclists on the trail behind me. Sometimes cycling, sometimes pushing their bikes. They ceased the opportunity for a group photo with their point-and-shoot camera. But no guarantees -- i am not used to toys like that. I walked behind them, sometimes passing them, and sometimes being passed. The last time i passed them was before BIG ROCK. I never saw them after that.



    Now the trail looked a lot less bicycle friendly -- too rocky and muddy. Rivers were forming during the newly strengthening rain. I was in new territory -- i had been on this trail at least 10 times, but always my destination was BIG ROCK, 2 miles along the trail. Now the trail curved along rolling hills, with a slight incline. About 2 miles later the scenery improved. I passed an open fence and afterwards i was walking along the rim -- big walls on the right, and increasingly higher dropoff to the left. I had to change my pants (yes, for another technically-wrong pair of cotton pants). It's more fun with the right toys, but sometimes you can improvise. And gaitors are a must in rain too.

    looking ahead, just after BIG ROCK .... Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona) view back towards BIG ROCK .... Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona) after BIG ROCK .... Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona)

    close to Trails Sign .... Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona) in the rain (after BIG ROCK) .... Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona) I was really hoping to see the horses, and the group of volunteers the food supplies were for. I guessed they'd be at Reavis Ranch -- wherever that might be. 7.5miles on the trail and still just footprints in the mud. They have gone through here. At my turn-back point, i had a view of a valley below -- the trail ran through it. No sign of horses, no people either. Since BIG ROCK i only met one of the horse-guides. The young fellow was returning to civilization for the night. His 2 buddies and the 4 horses must have stayed with the volunteers. I turned back at 5:30pm. The night will be coming soon -- Reavis Ranch will have to wait for another day. The biggest reason were my soaked pants. The boots were soaked to the point that it didn't matter if i went through the biggest mud and water -- they couldn't get any worse.

    returning along RIM .... Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona) after the rim .... Reavis Ranch Trail (Superstitions, Arizona) As the sun was approaching the horizon behind the rim, I saw a few rays touch a distant mountain. It's a beautiful time for pictures when the sun peaks through clouds after the rain. This was the perfect place, but the sun came out too late in the day. I wish i could experience rain in Superstitions again -- now I know just the place to go.
    #Pursue Passion#
    .First Posted: March 16, 2003.

     
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