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Old 04-03-2011, 11:17 AM   #505
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Well Spring has sprung in Mesa AZ.The Blum's will only last a few days but sure look nice.
Temp. today around 86F and tomorrow about 85F does not get any better than that.
NO BODY EVER DROWNED IN SWEAT.
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:08 PM   #506
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No charge, no help...

I may never drown in sweat, but I'm doing my best to try here in the lonely Q...dead coach battery this am, so instant coffee...one of those jump the battery to start the generator so I can plug in the battery charger...called Good Sam...just try to tell an operator that yer in the middle of a very large desert...she wanted a site # or an address!!! Trying to tell her that entering the north side, which is called La Posa West, was the easiest way to find us...got the damn thing started while I was on hold...
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:53 PM   #507
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Roosevelt Lake

Well I am now at Roosevelt Lake Recreation Area AZ.I am the last from the BIG Q to get here as Tony and Mike got here a few weeks ago and some others have come and gone.We now have the three Musketeers from the BIG Q here.( Photo 3 & 4 )
Here is a little info about the Dam taken from Bureau of Reclamation.( Photo 1 & 2 ) In much of the American West 19th century settlers encountered scarce water supplies.they tended to farm near rivers for easy access to the valuable resouce of water.President Theodore Roosevelt realized that harnessing water was the key to supporting Western grouth.In 1902 the Reclamation Act was passed.So in the Tonto Basin of Arizona Territory in 1903 they started the Tonto Basin Dam that was later renamed Theodore Roosevelt Dam.At the time it was highest cyclopean-masonry gravity arch dam in the world and among the last of the stone masonry dams built.
In 1984 under the Safty of dams program engineers determined that probable maximum flood was far greater than previously projected and that a probable maximum flood would bring more water into the reservoir than the original dam was designed to safely release.
On 19th of January 1993,continued storms caused the reservoir to rise to a record high in its history and the lake over-topped the left abutment and continued to do so for nearly two days.
I remember back then all the talk about what would happen to the Phoenix area if the dam failed
The modifications where completed in April 1996 raising the dam 77 feet.
IF IT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE WORTH THE EFFORT IT PROBABLY ISN'T.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:12 AM   #508
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Well right now it looks like the 3 of us here at Roosevelt Lake will head off to Canyon Point campground upon the Rim near Forest Lakes AZ this Friday.This is the campground that the host meet at before going to their own campgrounds.We will stay there till we can get our campgrounds open.
The weather here at Roosevelt Lake is now in the lower to mid 80s and up there on the Rim the snow should be gone and the temps in the upper 60s in the day and upper 30s at night.
We all seem to want to get the summer started,BUT at my age I wounder why such a rush.To run the fast race of life is to only realy loose in the end.
Photos are of 2 of the camp sites at Canyon Point Campground.
THERE'S ALWAYS MAVERICKS WHO CANT RIDE A STRAIGHT TRAIL AND THE LAW NEEDS SOMEBODY TO RIDE HEARD ON THEM.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:52 AM   #509
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We are at Canyon Point campground. Jimmie is right next to us and Tony is just behind us. Jimmie and Sheri and I will be going to our campground's to open up on Tuesday morning. It lookes like Sheri and I won't have cell phone service at Spillway campground. We will have to drive up the hill so posts and info will be slow. Jimmie just purchased a new Verizon myfi so we will see. Its beautiful here now and stayed in the 40s last night. We miss everybody, see you this summer.....
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Old 04-16-2011, 02:28 PM   #510
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parked and waiting...

Stuck in Tucson for two more weeks...follow-up biopsy(OUCH) on the 29th, then go from there...supposed to hit 94 today...early mornings and evenings are great...still have snow in Silverton, so hurrying back won't happen(never did)...higher country would be nice, though...wish we were with you rim folks...m
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:04 AM   #511
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Here

Well we are here.HERE being Canyon Point Campground.This is where the host stay untill they can get into the other campground that they host.This place kind of spoils us since we have electric hook ups here.It is hard to get the solar to work here with all the pine trees.
PLAN A:Is the Forest Sevice is (ARE) going to check the roads going into Mogollon Campground and others tomorrow (Monday) if they are dry enough so that driving on them doesnt mess them up they will let us in on Tuesday to get the campgrounds ready to open on Friday the 22nd of April.I am ready.
The weather sure is nice in the upper 60s in the day and about 40 at night.
If you click on photo and make it bigger, we are on the left(We are Republicans), Mike is on the right (he is a Democrat) and you can see Tony way in the back behind my truck and trailer.Next time we will park on the right here we belong.
WHEN YOU GET OLD AND ARE LOOKING AT THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL,LET LOOSE OF THE REINS AND HE'LL LEAD YA HOME.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:43 AM   #512
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Hi Jimmy;

Looks sweeeet!! We are home in Bancroft, snow, freezing rain and ready to head south again if things don't warm up sooooon.

Keep an eye on Mike and Tony. Don't want those boys getting into trouble without us there.

Keep posting those pictures.
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:23 PM   #513
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Can't wait to get up there and see y'all!
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:13 PM   #514
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Looks great. Can't wait to get up there and so some serious camping.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:04 PM   #515
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Well this is the 3rd time to try to post.Verizion must be on the edge.
We are here now at Mogollon Campgrount.Got here bright and early Tuesday and spent the day setting up our nest for the summer.Worked 4 hr on Wednesday getting the campsites ready and finished them off today in about 2 hrs.We will open the gates in the morning so the folks that want to get out of the heat in the valley of the sun can come see us in the pines.
For all you nice folks that follow this old tumbleweed we will be posting every few days and since this was the wiled west they sometimes hanged the wrong men,had range wars,and a few fights with the Indans along the rim and in the Tonto basin so we will give you some of stories of this area of the Arizona Territory.
IT AIN'T WORTH FUSSING ABOUT UNLESS THE BONE IS SHOWING OR YOU AIN'T GOT NO FEELING IN IT.EVEN THEN YOU SHOULD COWBOY UP AND WALK IT OFF.
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Started

Off and running. Today we opened the gates and now have 3 tent campers here tonight.
Here is a story I saw today in an old Mogollon Rim book.
"The community of Chistopher Creek located 25 miles northeast of Payson below the rim on highway 260 was named in honor of an early French settler Isador Christopher....He lived here with his mailorder bride,Mary.In July 1882,Christopher had killed a bear,skinned it,and hung the skinned bear in one of his cabins.While he was out hunting the next day,Apaches came and burned two of his buildings.While these building were still smoldering,U.S. Army troops came along.They found these animal remains and thinking the indians had killed Christopher the troops gave the bear a solemn funeral and burial"
LETTIN THE CAT OUTTA THE BAG IS A WHOLE LOT EASIER THAN PUTTIN IT BACK.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:55 PM   #518
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Glad to hear yer tucked in...gotta be cooler than Tucson, and WAY less traffic...went to Sam's today to enjoy the ac...m
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