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Old 04-01-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
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Arizona

Arizona
The absolute quiet, save for the birds and wind noise of the Sonoran Desert.
The bright, clear stars in the sky at night, out here in this beautiful desert.
The danger of the wilderness, the constant chance of any number of things happening, Rattlesnake bites, scorpions, injury leaving me stranded and alone when I am out hiking.
Clean dry air, hot Sun and cool breezes.
My day-long hikes into the rocky, dry, severely rugged mountains
Our day-trips into the mountains, exploring new trails, new mines, and making great memories.
Running 80 MPH on a 15 mile stretch of a remote, hilly blacktop, Sue and I yelling Wheeeeee at every hill-top…
Open-carry with my Glock, more common to see someone carrying than not.
Strange…not much crime here for some reason…
The ra-thump, ra-thump of the vehicles’ running over the cattle guard about a mile from our casa.
The people here, I have had a family stop more than once to ask if I was Ok when I was pulled over to the side of the road.
Arizona, I will miss ya.
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:16 PM   #2
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Don't go! Stay here!
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:24 PM   #3
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Would like to, but the cash machine is out of cash, have to return and make a few bucks... sucks to be poor...
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:28 PM   #4
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A bit long, but here you go Ozz, sent by my BIL who live outside PHX:

Here are some fun and fascinating Arizona Facts!

1. Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits—more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).

2. All New England, plus the state of Pennsylvania would fit inside Arizona.

3. Arizona became the 48th state and last of the contiguous states on February 14, 1912.

4. Arizona’s disparate climate can yield both the highest temperature across the nation and the lowest temperature across the nation in the same day.

5. There are more wilderness areas in Arizona than in the entire Midwest. Arizona alone has 90 wilderness areas, while the Midwest has 50.

6. Arizona has 26 peaks that are more than 10,000 feet in elevation.

7. Arizona has the largest contiguous stand of ponderosa pines in the world stretching from near Flagstaff along the Mogollon Rim to the White Mountains region.

8. Yuma, Arizona is the country’s highest producer of winter vegetables, especially lettuce.

9. Arizona is the 6th largest state in the nation, covering 113,909 square miles.

10. Out of all the states in the U.S., Arizona has the largest percentage of its land designated as Indian lands.

11. The “Five C’s” of Arizona’s economy are: Cattle, Copper, Citrus, Cotton, and Climate.

12. More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined, and the Morenci Mine is the largest copper producer in all of North America.

13. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, two of the most prominent movie stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, were married on March 18, 1939, in Kingman, Arizona.

14. Covering 18,608 sq. miles, Coconino County is the second largest county by land area in the 48 contiguous United States.

15. The world’s largest solar telescope is located at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Sells, Arizona.

16. Bisbee, Arizona is known as the Queen of the Copper Mines because during its mining heyday it produced nearly 25 percent of the world’s copper and was the largest city in the Southwest between Saint Louis and San Francisco.

17. Billy the Kid killed his first man, Windy Cahill, in Bonita, Arizona.

18. Arizona grows enough cotton each year to make more than one pair of jeans for every person in the United States.

19. Famous labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma.

20. In 1912, President William Howard Taft was ready to make Arizona a state on February 12, but it was Lincoln’s birthday. The next day, the 13th, was considered bad luck so they waited until the following day. That’s how Arizona became known as the “Valentine State.”

21. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today.

22. Mount Lemmon, in the Santa Catalina Mountains, is the southernmost ski resort in the United States.

23. Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch in Picacho, Arizona is the largest privately-owned ostrich ranch in the world outside South Africa.

24. If you cut down a protected species of cactus in Arizona, you could spend more than a year in prison.

25. The world’s largest to-scale collection of miniature airplane models is housed at the library at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.

26. The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

27. Located on Arizona’s western border, Parker Dam is the deepest dam in the world at 320 feet.

28. South Mountain Park/Preserve in Phoenix is the largest municipal park in the country.

29. Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, located about 55 miles west of Phoenix, generates more electricity than any other U.S. power plant.

30. Oraibi, a Hopi village located in Navajo County, Arizona, dates back to before A.D. 1200 and is reputed to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in America.

31. Built by Del Webb in 1960, Sun City, Arizona was the first 55-plus active adult retirement community in the country.

32. Petrified wood is the official state fossil. The Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona contains America’s largest deposits of petrified wood.

33. Many of the founders of San Francisco in 1776 were Spanish colonists from Tubac, Arizona.

34. Phoenix originated in 1866 as a hay camp to supply military post Camp McDowell.

35. Rainfall averages for Arizona range from less than three inches in the deserts to more than 30 inches per year in the mountains.

36. Rising to a height of 12,643 feet, Mount Humphreys north of Flagstaff is the state’s highest mountain.

37. Roadrunners are not just in cartoons! In Arizona, you’ll see them running up to 17-mph away from their enemies.

38. The Saguaro cactus is the largest cactus found in the U.S. It can grow as high as a five-story building and is native to the Sonoran Desert, which stretches across southern Arizona.

39. Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, grew up on a large family ranch near Duncan, Arizona. (I've played bridge against her sister, Ann)

40. The best-preserved meteor crater in the world is located near Winslow, Arizona.

41. The average state elevation is 4,000 feet.

42. The Navajo Nation spans 27,000 square miles across the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, but its capital is seated in Window Rock, Arizona.

43. The amount of copper utilized to make the copper dome atop Arizona’s Capitol building is equivalent to the amount used in 4.8 million pennies.

44. Near Yuma, the Colorado River’s elevation dips to 70 feet above sea level, making it the lowest point in the state.

45. The geographic center of Arizona is 55 miles southeast of Prescott near the community of Mayer.

46. You could pile four 1,300-foot skyscrapers on top of each other and they still would not reach the rim of the Grand Canyon.

47. The hottest temperature recorded in Arizona was 128 degrees at Lake Havasu City on June 29, 1994.

48. The coldest temperature recorded in Arizona was 40 degrees below zero at Hawley Lake on January 7, 1971.

49. A saguaro cactus can store up to nine tons of water.

50. The state of Massachusetts could fit inside Maricopa County (9,922 sq. miles).

51. The westernmost battle of the Civil War was fought at Picacho Pass on April 15, 1862 near Picacho Peak in Pinal County.

52. There are 11.2 million acres of National Forest in Arizona, and one-fourth of the state forested.

53. Wyatt Earp was neither the town marshal nor the sheriff in Tombstone at the time of the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral. His brother Virgil was the town marshal.

54. On June 6, 1936, the first barrel of tequila produced in the United States rolled off the production line in Nogales, Arizona.

55. The Sonoran Desert is the most biologically diverse desert in North America.

56. Bisbee is the Nation’s southernmost mile-high city.

57. The two largest manmade lakes in the U.S. are Lake Mead and Lake Powell—both located in Arizona.

58. The longest remaining intact section of Route 66 can be found in Arizona and runs from Seligman to Topock, a total of 157 unbroken miles.

59. The 13 stripes on the Arizona flag represent the 13 original colonies of the United States.

60. The negotiations for Geronimo’s final surrender took place in Skeleton Canyon, near present day Douglas, Arizona, in 1886.

61. Prescott, Arizona is home to the world’s oldest rodeo, and Payson, Arizona is home to the world’s oldest continuous rodeo—both of which date back to the 1880s.

62. Kartchner Caverns, near Benson, Arizona, is a massive limestone cave with 13,000 feet of passages, two rooms as long as football fields, and one of the world’s longest soda straw stalactites: measuring 21 feet 3 inches

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Old 04-01-2012, 03:29 PM   #5
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:31 PM   #6
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My kinda place Ozz. I stay in 2 places like that in Wyoming, 1 place we are 3 miles from any road.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:27 PM   #7
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But who is going to maintain all those caches that you put out down there.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:37 PM   #8
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Rich, I have made up 2 5 gallon buckets, in them I have dupe's of all my caches, around 30 caches in each bucket, I buried one already, the other tomorrow. I will ask some of the folks I met around here to help out. With luck, we will be back in 6 month's. Most of mine are really tough to get to, so I don't anticipate high volume visits. Some are easy, so those may need caring for.



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Old 04-01-2012, 06:56 PM   #9
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So Ozz is forced to return to the great land of Ozz Going to stop by our place on the way home?
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:41 PM   #10
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I have been dreading returning home.. can you 'channel' a Tornado to wipe me out? I probably wouldn't like that outcome..
Are you on I-35?
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:11 PM   #11
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Thier is one other piece of trivia that was left out. The kaibab Squirrel is only found one place in the world. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon, AZ. Its body is sable brown body and a white tailand white tuffts on thier ears. They are a wonder to see. We spend 5 1/2 months both in 2008 and 2010 working there and they were one of the best things to see there.
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We (nailbender and I) might get down that way next year while we are at Q, so I hope you have some tuff ones out.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:01 AM   #13
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He He, yes, I have a couple of tough ones. Would you like a hard climb, or a hard to locate? I have them all.
I have 5 series type caches, a set of 3, set of around 12, and a set of 10, and more. The latest are my 'Quacker' series. I had to rebuild a road; fill in really deep ruts with rocks, cut trees and bushes, like that. The Quacker series has 2 high caches, and are spread out in a canyon, you have to cross about 6 washes 20 or more feet deep. Coyotes live back there, Big Horn Rams, and a few thousand Rattlesnakes.
I think you will enjoy them, I had fun designing and placing them. Have you gone to Groundspeak and looked me up? OzzOzz..
(No fair going back and looking at my pictures of caches...
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I have been dreading returning home.. can you 'channel' a Tornado to wipe me out? I probably wouldn't like that outcome..
Are you on I-35?
We're 40 some miles west of I35 (Emporia exit) on 56 or 40 miles south of I70 on 177. Equally inconvenient to all locations (definition of the boonies). We're certainly not the end of the world, but the chamber of commerce makes a dollar a tourist when they climb the tower to see it from here.
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I have been dreading returning home.. can you 'channel' a Tornado to wipe me out? I probably wouldn't like that outcome..
Are you on I-35?
We're 40 some miles west of I35 (Emporia exit) on 56 or 40 miles south of I70 on 177. Equally inconvenient to all locations (definition of the boonies). We're certainly not the end of the world, but the chamber of commerce makes a dollar a tourist when they climb the tower to see it from here.

Even when lost, no new folks drop by, is that what you are saying?
Ha, we will see you two back here in Arizona next year?..actually in around 6 month's..
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I have seen that you have been busy down there. With 3500 caches and a couple of 5/5's there isn't much that I haven't seen. It sounds like you have some good ones out and I hope we can get down there next year. We are in Iowa right now and doing a little caching with the grand kids, my profile is under papabeav.
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I have seen that you have been busy down there. With 3500 caches and a couple of 5/5's there isn't much that I haven't seen. It sounds like you have some good ones out and I hope we can get down there next year. We are in Iowa right now and doing a little caching with the grand kids, my profile is under papabeav.
Yep, I did forget your experience at this. What seems tough for me is old hat for you.
I have been honing my skills a bit, I met a great guy (the one who stuck his Jeep) he is like you, tons of experience.
He has been following me, getting all FTf's, so I have been stepping up my game for him. Great training for me, I had him on 3 of them, he looked and looked. I set him up a bit, did 4 or 5 in the same style, then BAM! the 5th and 6th I did completely different styles. It was fun. The other one was just down right dirty... He liked them.
I have much to learn, but it is fun.
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Another fact about Arizona. They are only one of two states that do NOT follow the Daylight Savings Time process that the other states follow and they have the best reason - Why the heck would we want another hour of Summer daylight ?!
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Art, I always have to ask Sue what time it really is...
We have moved around so much the last few months.
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