Sunday, December 23, 2012

"Scanner Radio" App

The Scanner Radio App allows you to listen to live audio from over 3,600 police and fire scanners, weather radios, and amateur radio repeaters from around the world on your phone. If you do not have a smartphone, you can use

I started with the local Pinal County Sheriff's Office but there was not much communication so I switched to the Chicago Police and Fire feed where it was non-stop traffic (glad I do not live in Chicago). All in all an interesting and fun app.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Cottonwood To Box Canyon

Group ride from the Cottonwood trailhead to Box Canyon. I rode "shotgun" with Dave H in his Can-Am cadillac and acted as his videographer. Highlights of the day were avoiding artillery shells...

Watching professional engineers at work...

And riding through Box Canyon...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Big Horn Sheep

Terry, Gail, and I took a leisurely ride to the gypsum mine where Terry spotted a group of big horn sheep. It consisted of a huge male, three females, and possibly a kid. Here are the cropped images of what we saw (I would have liked to have had a more powerful telephoto lens)...

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Organ Stop Pizza

A group of us from the park had dinner at the Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa. What makes this such an unique experience is the live music featuring the world's largest Wurlitzer organ (nearly 6,000 pipes)... the pizza and chocolate fudge sundae were not bad either.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Saguaro Creek / Sugarloaf Mountain

Another great day riding off-road in the desert. Keith, Jane, and I trailered our machines up Highway 87 to a trailhead about 30 miles northeast of Phoenix where we unloaded for the purpose of exploring some new trails. The first section was mainly flat, sandy washes with spur trails that led to some interesting hill climbs. If you want to see what your ORV can climb, this would be a good place to try it out.

Then we followed a narrow, winding trail up a mountain and turned east towards Highway 87.  Although the views got better, the further we went, the rougher it got. Finally, we came to a section where we decided it would not be wise to proceed without a couple more bodies and possibly a wench. A track of the ride including time, distance, speed and elevation has been uploaded to EveryTrail.

Keith & Jane and their new quad

Four Peaks in the distance to the left and Weaver's Needle to the right

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Fun Ride To Martinez Canyon Road

Six of us left the Arizonian RV Park and rode to Martinez Canyon via some interesting trails. A group of jeep drivers told us that the gate is now up to the entrance to the Martinez Mine and the only way to get back there is to hike.

A track of the ride including time, distance, speed and elevation has been uploaded to EveryTrail.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Looking For Gold In All The Wrong Places

Jim P and I went prospecting for gold today. And although it was a great day to be outdoors, it is with regret that I must report that the Lost Dutchman's Mine is still lost.