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But It's A Dry Heat...

Picacho Peak from Red Rock, AZ

Cool, clear water...I got lost, at least sort of...  My friend Howard gave me directions to a new (for me) site for petroglyphs, and I took Black Friday away from the malls, and all to myself.  I went exploring. 

I never did find the petroglyphs; I missed the turnoff.  But I'd never been down this road, and the photo ops just kept coming! 

But it's a dry heat...

I found an open vertical mine shaft miles out in the desert, and this unusual rock on the desert floor nearby.  My imagination saw it as the manifestation of the old miner, long dead and gone.  Dead of thirst...

The tuft of grass at the top gave him a wig, and I couldn't help thinking of the Sons of the Pioneers singing "Cool, Clear Water..."

Standing on the edge of an open vertical mine shaft in the desert

Mine shafts like this (open, deep and dangerous) are not unusual in southern Arizona.  Some are filled in, but many, like this one, are just as they were the day some miner abandoned them in his search for richer ore.

I guess I was in less danger than I would have been spending black Friday at the mall.  At least my wallet was in less danger...


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Comment balloon 21 commentsMike Jones • November 27 2009 10:45PM


Mike - Very interesting photos and it sure looks like a dry heat!

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 11 years ago

Mike,  Great photo blog.  Sorry you didn't find any petroglyphs.  And I agree that it probably was a lot safer than the mall.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) about 11 years ago


You're welcome!  It was certainly a lot more fun!

Vegas Bob,

Thanks for being the first to comment; the interesting thing is that I had to ford the Santa Cruz River to get where I was going.  It'was flowing.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

Hi Mike, these were really good photos and I especially like the "old dead miner" rock.  Those vertical mines. Any idea how deep they go? Seems a bit dangerous to have them still "just open" .

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 11 years ago

Hi Mike, my vote is for the old, dead miner too ~ pretty imaginative ~ I just stayed home with my wallet/purse :)

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) about 11 years ago

Hey Mike,

How interesting!

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) about 11 years ago

I see by the silhouette that you are wearing shorts. Yesterday was not a shorts type of day here. Cool pics and great imagination...

Helping you live your American dream...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 11 years ago


The afternoon high was 79 degrees, and the humidity was 23%.  Not bad for the day after Thanksgiving.


Thanks for saying so; come back soon.


Way to protect the money!  LOL  Thanks for commenting.


That one was about 14 feet deep, I'm guessing.  If I had fallen into it, there would have been no cell coverage, and no way to scale the sheer rock walls.  I know of at least four of these in the areas I hike.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

Again ... GREAT photos.  But then ... if they are taken by you ...

A dry heat?  So is a convection oven!  LOL

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago


Actually, yesterday was a beautiful day, but the rock had the last say...  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

Nice photos.  Thanks for the stories.  Yes, I remember when I moved to Arizona in the spring of that year.  It was right after a snowstorm in Colorado.  It was over 100 degrees in Phoenix.  Quite a change!

Posted by Jill Schmidt about 11 years ago

The cows look like they are wondering where in the heck that corn went! Scary open mine shaft... good heavens. Don't drink and hike in the desert.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 11 years ago

I agree we all joked about getting up and waiting in line for a couple of hours to be the first in the local WalMart only to be trampled by the herd. Much better idea.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 11 years ago


Sorry that you got lost, kinda sorta, but I like the photo op that you took advantage of. 

BTW, I didn't go to the mall either, had some work that needed to be completed. ;-)

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 11 years ago

Cool subject matter in you photos...I was doing home maintenance all day Friday and driving all day Saturday, so no mall for me...yeah!!

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) about 11 years ago


That's no fun!


There's nothing like exploring roads I've never driven, and seeing things that are new.


I hope you didn't get trampled!


The cows were munching the dry corn stalks!  I've never seen that.


It was worth it, though, I'll bet!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

I would love to have some of that dry heat right about now. Funny how just the mention of it made my mouth dry though... :) ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) about 11 years ago

That is a really freaky-looking rock formation! Are you sure that isn't from an episode of CSI?  O_O

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) about 11 years ago

Looks like you found some fun stuff anyway.  You chose a good day to be out there, too.  Perfect weather for a hike! 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 11 years ago

Mike - thanks for sharing these interesting photos of your area of the country! Bet it is getting pretty cold out there now -

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

Barbara Jo,

We had a high of 61 today, and I wore my winter coat!


It was a GREAT day!


It is freaky, isn't it?  I just had to snap its photo.


Nothing that a dry martini can't fix.  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

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