I’ve explained to many visitors that the 18-mile gravel road to Point Sublime requires at least a high clearance vehicle, maybe 4×4, and if they question the conditions, turn around. Yet I’d never been there.
I own a Big 1-ton 4×4 pickup that hadn’t been christened with Arizona pin striping from brush and branch.
So I figured twas time to get this big girl down and dirty.
After several miles of rough and rocky tear-the-steering-wheel-out-of-you-hands road the forest opened.
And this glorious flower filled meadow known as the Basin stretched ahead.
Of course I had to stop for some photos.
Then continued on winding through the forest on this hairy, scary, exhilarating and challenging road.
When I saw a pull out with canyon views I gladly stopped.
This plateau lizard greeted me.
And I sat down on a rock to absorbed the canyon.
Yet as I looked out and then examined the map I realized I was looking down the Crystal Creek drainage.
The Dragon temples on the left and Point Sublime on the right. After 1.5 hours driving I wasn’t there yet.
Oh to fly like these Peregrine falcons.
So I continued another several miles driving to Point Sublime, the real destination.
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