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Old 07-15-2009, 11:31 AM   #41
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We will be headed up Friday am as well!
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Louis and Sergio arrived Thursday and Jan and I showed up Friday morning. We all had a great time and the food was terrific. Mini made a great Eggs Benidict breakfast this morning which was out of this world. Jan and I caught a bunch of crawfish and served them up last night before dinner.

Keep an eye on Jim, he finds some great places to camp and always welcomes company. We are talking about a trip to Greer next month, can't wait!
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Looks like a great time. What did you use to catch the crawfish? We considered heading up but chores around the house had to get done.
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I have 6 crayfish traps that I got at cabela's for under $10 each.

We baited them with hot dogs and left them out over night. The first night we put them in one of my favorite spots and pulled in over 150. The second night I tried a new spot and landed around 100.

All you need is an AZ fishing license (must attach the number to the trap) and you can catch as many as you want. They are tasty and can be served up many different ways.
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It looks like a happy group of campers! Wish we could have gone up, too, but the timing was not good... How was the weather? Looks great!
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Cool and wonderful. We had an afternoon shower yesterday and a mid day shower Friday. It got down to around 60 at night and into the 80's during the day.

It was 115 in Phoenix when we got home this afternoon, I want to go back!
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Looks like y'all had a great time!
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Looks like a great time. What did you use to catch the crawfish? We considered heading up but chores around the house had to get done.
Caught these using chicken gizzards on a string in Oak creek at Page Springs.
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Jim and Min, thanks for being such great hosts and neighbors over this past weekend. Richard and Jan, as always it is a good time camping with you. Richard, I too want to go back, we hit 117 on the car thermometer coming through Mesa yesterday on the way home. We have a few pictures we will post later today. Jim, can't wait to see what you have in store for the next trip!
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Mogollon Rim

To keep with Jimmini's tradition of providing local information where he Boondocks here is my attempt to assist him while he is without computer service.

For those who have never been to the rim, it is truly a must see in AZ. Not quite as spectacular as the Grand Canyon but beautiful in its own right.

The Mogollon Rim (pronounced /mʌɡɨˈjɒn/ by local residents) is a topographical and geological feature running across the U.S. state of Arizona. It extends approximately 200 miles (320 km) from northern Yavapai County eastward to near the border with New Mexico.[1]

The Rim is an escarpment defining the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, and along its central and most spectacular portions is characterized by high limestone and sandstone cliffs. It was formed by erosion and faulting, and dramatic canyons have been cut into it, including Fossil Creek Canyon and Pine Canyon. The name Mogollon comes from Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón, Spanish Governor of New Mexico from 1712-1715.
Much of the land below the Mogollon Rim lies 4000 to 5000 feet (1,200 to 1,500 m) above sea level, with the escarpment rising to approximately 7,000 ft (2,100 m). Extensive Ponderosa Pine forests are found both on the slopes of the Rim and on the plateau above. It is a major floristic and faunal boundary, with species characteristic of the Rocky Mountains on the top of the plateau, and the species of the Mexican Sierra Madre Occidental on the slopes below and in the Madrean sky islands (high, isolated mountain ranges) further south.
The Mogollon Rim's limestones and sandstones were formed from sediments deposited in the Carboniferous and Permian periods. Several of the Rim's rock formations are also found in the walls of the Grand Canyon. In many places the Rim is capped or even buried by extensive basaltic lava flows.
The Rim's uppermost sandstone stratum, the Coconino Sandstone, forms spectacular white cliffs, sometimes several hundred feet high. This Permian period formation is of eolian (windblown) origin, and is one of the thickest sand-dune-derived sandstones on earth.
Cities near the Mogollon Rim include Payson, Pine and Show Low. It is bisected by Interstate 17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff. The eastern portion of the Rim was the site of Arizona's largest-ever wildfire in June 2002, the 470,000 acre (1,900 km²) Rodeo-Chediski fire. The Mogollon Rim was also the site of the Dude Fire that started on June 25, 1990. This fire grew to over 30,000 acres (120 km2) and killed six wildland firefighters. Other large fires have burned along the Rim since 1990, and the area's Ponderosa Pine forests remain vulnerable because of past fire suppression and fuel build-up.
Famed western writer Zane Grey lived below the Rim, with a cabin northeast of Payson, Arizona, near the small village of Christopher Creek. This cabin was restored by Phoenix air-conditioning magnate William Goettl in the late 1960's, and was destroyed by the Dude Fire in 1990. [2] Grey's book Riders of the Purple Sage and several other of his widely read novels were either set in this general area of the west, or inspired by it.[citation needed] If one stands at certain points on the Mogollon Rim (Milk Ranch Point near Strawberry, Arizona, is one example) at sunset, there is a grand view on clear days for about 50 miles (80 km) in three directions, south, west and east. Some or all of the sweeping landscape may well appear a hue of purple as the sunlight fades.
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Boondocking with Jimmini

Here are some photos from our weekend up on the rim with Jim and Min, and Richard and Jan.

Picture #1 Our campsite
Picuture #2 Richard and Jan's campsite ( Nice new street side awning Richard!)
Picture #3 The Infamous Squarestream ( she's a beauty Jim!)
Picture #4 Mountain Flamingos?
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Photo #1 Louis & Sergio hiking along the rim trail
Photo #2 Riley on the lookout for chipmunks
Photo #3 Louis and Jim solving the day's problems... like when is happy hour.
Photo #4 Trailer Butts in line at the dump station
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Looks wonderful, guys... Glad you could all get together... And thanks for the pics and Mogollon Rim information!
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Since the weather might not be good at Greer for our next outing on the week end of the 8th of Aug what do you think of Bonito campground 12 miles noth of Flagstaff at Sunset crater and Wupatki National Monuments?
Anyone wanting to come let me know which one you would like to do.Bonito or Greer.
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Jimmini,
That sounds like it could work, we are possibly going up that direction with my nephew next week. He wants to see the GC Any ideas for up that way? He will be staying with us until Aug 6. We were thinking about heading out on the 29th through the 2nd.

On a side note we ended up purchasing the generator we rented last weekend for a great price! We are ready to roll.
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The area is covered with volcanic cinder and not very dog friendly from what I can remember. It's been years since we visited the area, but isn't the foliage more of a high desert then a tall pine area? What about the area around Lake Mary or even Williams?
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That sounds like it could work, we are possibly going up that direction with my nephew next week. He wants to see the GC Any ideas for up that way? He will be staying with us until Aug 6. We were thinking about heading out on the 29th through the 2nd.

On a side note we ended up purchasing the generator we rented last weekend for a great price! We are ready to roll.
I don't know if they still offer it, but the GC Railroad RV park in Williams used to offer a package...buy a round trip train ticket for $63, and get two nights at the RV park for $2 more...it's a fairly sterile RV park, but the sites are good, and the accomodations are good(access to the hotel's amenities, full hook-ups, clean restrooms, and a transport van to the hotel for use of the accomodations-hot tub, exercise room, pool)...4CU folks stayed there last year, I believe, so you might check that out.
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Since the weather might not be good at Greer for our next outing on the week end of the 8th of Aug what do you think of Bonito campground 12 miles noth of Flagstaff at Sunset crater and Wupatki National Monuments?
Anyone wanting to come let me know which one you would like to do.Bonito or Greer.
Could you hold that thought for...oh...say a couple of months?...We're trying to aim for an early October departure, this year...
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We will not be able to join you again until the Aug 14th weekend. I have a couple of things going on that I need to attend to. Keep us posted on where you end up and we will find you!

Hope you are staying cool up there on the rim.
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Well I am now at Benny Creek campground at Greer AZ.This is realy a nice campground.Right now only 5 campers here.
Sure look forward to seeing some Airstreams here,if any one want to come up let me know and I will save you a spot.
Hoyer campground across the road does not have many camper.
I hope to be in this area till 27 Aug.
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