"Please Leave no Trace"
I find it hard to believe that some people do not practice "Leave no Trace". Our campsite here at Picket Post is a well used horse area it is kind of hard to leave no trace. I took a couple days off of riding and Darrell myself and his girlfriend Edna cleaned up most of the campsite. I not sure if some of you horse people know but if you toss the manure on the pear cactus it kills them. It was sad to see so many dead cactus in camp and so much dried horse manure. We decided to start a burn pile and burn all the dead cactus and manure. It really cleaned the camp site up. Also we now haul our manure out of camp to spread in where there is no cactus and this way camp is not full of manure and flies.
Before I started cleaning camp up I took Ron and Alan to the trail just above the Wagon tracks
They were going to do a loop back to camp. This was Ron's first ride on a mule.
This is one of the almost dead cactus's that is covered in hay and horse manure
This is the back side of our campsite covered in manure and dead cactus.
This is the same area after the clean up
It is amazing how well dried horse pop burns
We raked all the poo out from under the trees and did some rock gardens
Our campsite free of horse manure
Found this little guy under one of the dead cactus we found him a new home under a live cactus.
In the mean time Alan and Ron were having a good ride
The next day we also decide to give the horses another day off. We have been riding some long trails and putting some good miles on our horses.
We took a drive to Globe AZ. Globe is kind of an old mining town. They are still mining Globe area. There are some really cool old buildings there and some nice tourist shops like the Pickle Barrel.
This is the town of Superior AZ only minutes from camp. They have almost everything you need but a laundry mat.
Once you leave Superior AZ you head up into the mountains. You go through a lovely canyon called Queen Creek Canyon.
|Rock formations are tall Hodo's|
|The main street in the Historical part of Globe|
|Some of the old buildings|
|The Pickle Barrel Trading Post|
|Heading back to Picket Post|
|Almost back to Superior AZ|
|Another prefect sunset in the Arizona skies|