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anutami
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12/24/2014
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Finally had some time to head back out to the Desert. I wanted to check out the Arroyo Deco Diablo area via Vallecito Creek and Arroyo Tapaido. Was a bit nervous about the road getting in there. It is tight in a few places but I never had any issues. The only issue was my coolant started leaking so I had to cut my trip short.

Heading up Arroyo Tapaido


Since I am too cheap to buy a go pro camera, I strapped my Iphone to my camper jack for some video fun smile

Arroyo Tapaido Bypass: 4wd Hi




Arroyo Tapaido Bypass continued 4wd LOW



Vallecito Creek: 2WD




As we drove past the mud caves there was not another soul around. Since our trip in the summer was cut short we decided to make a stop and set up camp.





checking out Chasm Cave





Hidden Cave












Concrection Canyon has some interesting formations













Continuing on through Arroyo Tapaido bypass road to Arroyo Seco Del Diablo











Some of the petrified wood in the area









Brenna found the needle in the haystack, not sure what size bullet this is or where it was shot from!



Just in case you are curious how concretions form









Concretion Mountain






The kids talked me into taking our new addtion to the family : Riley


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Set up camp in Arroyo Seco Del Diable and roasted some hot dogs smile The weather couldn't have been better out there and surprisingly no one else around.



Enjoying the desert.




Interesting deceased Ocotillo



Sunsets never get old



another stellar camp site











Arroyo Seco Diablo with Whale peak in the background





Evidence of life long ago


and the uplifting taking place



We headed over to agua caliente to cool off and hit up the Spa. Right now th outdoor kids pool is closed for renovation. This large pool was pretty brisk.






It was nice to get some fresh desert air smile



Total Mylar Balloons: 2
And a first ever water pool left behind from the recent rains. I guess Mylar balloons are good for something.

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ziphius
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12/24/2014
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Cannonball! smile Great photos and trip Nolan. Did you notice any surface water at the Arroyo Seco Del Diablo seep? (32.895, -116.161). Headed out tomorrow for 3 nights...

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anutami
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12/24/2014
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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Cannonball! smile Great photos and trip Nolan. Did you notice any surface water at the Arroyo Seco Del Diablo seep? (32.895, -116.161). Headed out tomorrow for 3 nights...


Thanks, we just hit up the north end of arroyo Diablo. That deep is pretty much always wet. 3 days in ABDSP! Nice! Hope you have a great trip. I am trying to get out again this weekend gotta get my water pump replaced in my truck.

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hikerdmb
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12/24/2014
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Nice trip Nolan. I am surprised you didn't head on over to the drop off and come out through Split Mountain. I think you will take that truck anywhere. I love that area, esopecially when you get up high and have a view. Merry Christmas.
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12/25/2014
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Great pics Nolan
You guys packed a lot into one trip

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12/25/2014
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Wonderful photos Nolan, I think there is someone singing "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth..."...haha...
I wonder if we just missed each other ..again...we were out backpacking the same route as 2 years ago and passed thru Agua Caliente on Tuesday. If you saw a white Prius in the day use spot that was our car. The weather the last 5 days out in ABDSP was about as good as you can get, it was perfect. Looks like another great trip!

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12/25/2014
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Great photos! Looks like you guys had a blast out there. I'm looking forward to taking my kids to the mud caves when they get a bit older.

There are some great camp spots on that plateau between Arroyo Tapiado and Arroyo Seco Del Diablo.
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12/26/2014
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hikerdmb wrote:
Nice trip Nolan. I am surprised you didn't head on over to the drop off and come out through Split Mountain. I think you will take that truck anywhere. I love that area, esopecially when you get up high and have a view. Merry Christmas.


Lol...I probably would if it wasn't such a tight squeeze at the bottom wink. Happy new year
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12/26/2014
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surfponto wrote:
Great pics Nolan
You guys packed a lot into one trip


Thanks, I wanted to stay out longer but my water pump went out. Can't believe I got it all fixed and just picked up my truck. Probably headed out soon smile
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12/26/2014
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dsefcik wrote:
Wonderful photos Nolan, I think there is someone singing &quotAll I want for Christmas is my two front teeth...&quot...haha...
I wonder if we just missed each other ..again...we were out backpacking the same route as 2 years ago and passed thru Agua Caliente on Tuesday. If you saw a white Prius in the day use spot that was our car. The weather the last 5 days out in ABDSP was about as good as you can get, it was perfect. Looks like another great trip!


Yup saw the Prius. I think I saw your truck last year around the same time leaving Indian Gorge smile I have never seen agua caliente campround so deserted. We almost stayed, but had the issues with the truck and wanted to get back.
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12/26/2014
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BorregoWrangler wrote:
Great photos! Looks like you guys had a blast out there. I'm looking forward to taking my kids to the mud caves when they get a bit older.

There are some great camp spots on that plateau between Arroyo Tapiado and Arroyo Seco Del Diablo.


Thanks, just make sure you bring plenty of water to wash your kids off. They get FILTHY, but love every minute of it. It is always a bit scetchy in the caves thinking it lies right in a fault zone and Everything is super brittle.
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12/26/2014
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Yep, 2 years ago we attempted the loop, this year I did it with another friend and completed it plus 1 more day of exploring in Potrero, need to write up the TR, it was a long 5 day backpack trip but lots of cool stuff along the way. Agua Caliente was totally empty, never seen it like that either, only a few folks at the pool and THAT was it!! WIll try to get to a TR tonight but am trying to get packed for 7 days in the Turtle Mtns, leaving tomorrow morning.

Nolan (anutami) wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
Wonderful photos Nolan, I think there is someone singing &quotAll I want for Christmas is my two front teeth...&quot...haha...
I wonder if we just missed each other ..again...we were out backpacking the same route as 2 years ago and passed thru Agua Caliente on Tuesday. If you saw a white Prius in the day use spot that was our car. The weather the last 5 days out in ABDSP was about as good as you can get, it was perfect. Looks like another great trip!


Yup saw the Prius. I think I saw your truck last year around the same time leaving Indian Gorge smile I have never seen agua caliente campround so deserted. We almost stayed, but had the issues with the truck and wanted to get back.


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12/28/2014
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That damn rock fire pit at your camping site! We do Adopt a Wash and Arroyo Tapiado is one of our areas and we've removed that pit many times. People always build it right by the signs saying no ground fires!
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12/28/2014
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DesertWRX wrote:
That damn rock fire pit at your camping site! We do Adopt a Wash and Arroyo Tapiado is one of our areas and we've removed that pit many times. People always build it right by the signs saying no ground fires!


I was thinking the same thing. Next time I will remove the thing. I picked up about 20 nails around the parking area as well.
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Nolan (anutami) wrote:
DesertWRX wrote:
That damn rock fire pit at your camping site! We do Adopt a Wash and Arroyo Tapiado is one of our areas and we've removed that pit many times. People always build it right by the signs saying no ground fires!


I was thinking the same thing. Next time I will remove the thing. I picked up about 20 nails around the parking area as well.
DsrtWRX: Nolan had his fire in the metal container, I think his photo just made it look like he was using the rock ring. Usually I will displace the rocks used for a fire but sometimes I have left them if it is a well used area that would just have people make it again in a new location or worse make more...you could argue that thinking I am sure....

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