Arizona is a nice place to walk about in the winter. You can do it in the summer, but the higher elevations are nicer. I'll be there for a few days scouting about. One of the places that I plan to go is Payson. I shot my first deer when I was seven years old up on the Mogollon Rim. The photo of this blogger with his scoped .22 rifle (right) was taken shortly after that incident.
As a result of having lived in the area as a boy, I enjoy returning and re-living some of my own history through a different (much older) set of eyes.
In the winter, Payson gets a lot of snow. In the summer, it's high pine forrest with a few homes. One of the nice things about Arizona is its lack of patent land. Most of the State of Arizona is either Indian reservation or it belongs to the US Department of the interior and it's available for public use. Payson is located in the geographic center of Arizona.
|I didn't expect it to snow in May.|
Near Payson, AZ - 2 years ago.
|Then there were expeditions to|
wilderness areas near Payson.
The last of the great range wars in the old west took place near Young, Arizona (not far from Payson - in lower elevations). Ranchers each sent away for hired guns to enforce their rights and it ended in a series of bloody shoot-outs that were popularized by dime novels at the time and Hollywood movies much later in history.
|I spent a cold night in the rig in the Hell's Gate Wilderness|
not far from Payson. Memories of a different year on walk-about