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tommy750
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3/30/2014
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In an act of penance for eating an entire can of Pringles BBQ on the drive back from SD not to mention ice cream cake washed down with vodka a little later, decided to hike into the Fish Creek Mts even though the forecast was for temps in the mid 80's. Headed up EC085 and encountered the standard sand and silt. Who makes a shell that won't fill with tons of dust after one trip out! They leak like sieves even though I seal the tailgate with foam and have a bedliner upset

While ascending, found a mine near the trail and behind that, a site littered with pottery sherds.




Finally getting on top, spied an old miner's camp still containing the essential frying pan.

The long metal thing looks like an umbrella shaft.

If only we could find "John", we could give him his pan back smile

Also found what appears to be an old round at the campsite.

Lots of trails crisscross the area. Here's a trail junction, both leading toward the confluence of Barrett and Red Rock Canyons

Another miner's shack down Red Rock Canyon.

Old School tins.

Maybe an old miner's historical graffito.

Headed toward Barrett on an old trail for a peek at the CIA. Just happened to stop right at the border. This is actually a tributary of Barrett.

A new agave stalk pretty much marked the boundary.

A little over nine miles, 3K gain/loss, 3 liters, 6 salt tablets-all because of a can of Pringles smile Now, time for salmon with brown jasmine rice, honey dew. And, vodka. Enjoy. Tom
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3/31/2014
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yeah....I don't know, a Teflon coated "miners" frying pan..?? Good you had a chance to explore that trail, been wanting to do that.

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3/31/2014
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Tom, I've never been to that part of the park. It looks like a great area to explore. Love the artifacts, especially the.... ahem.... teflon-coated miner's pan that Daren pointed out. What is the distant mountain range shown in your 2nd photo? Superstition Mtns?

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tommy750
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3/31/2014
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For all the Teflon frying pan skeptics out there, this (obviously) Regal Ware made in the USA high quality cooking implement could have be made as early as 1960 when Teflon was introduced to the American culinary scene. I chose to leave it in situ knowing it was probably already a historical artifact smile If my recollections are correct, a lot of these Fish Creek Mts mines date back to WWII and have been sporadically worked up till the 60's and 70's. I counted at least seven mines while hiking around yesterday. Most were shallow pits but some were about 8-10ft deep.
Jim, that should be the Santa Rosas in the background
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4/1/2014
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And Borrego Mtn as the nub to the left...

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