The Call Of The Slots.

No.  Not slot machines.  I’m not in Vegas this trip.  Read on…

Many years ago I somehow got involved in caving.  I’m not sure how it started but it was a very exciting time.  My friends and my older brother got involved as well.  We became members of the local caving club (often called a Grotto).  I explored many caves and even re-discovered a cave that had been lost for 40 years.  That cave had virgin passage (never seen nor touched by humans).  Exploring those passages are as close as I will get to having a “first man on the moon” feeling.  It was dark, dirty, and dangerous fun.  Many fond memories were had exploring these dark places.  After caving we discovered slot canyoneering.  It’s similar to caving except with open sky above you (most of the time).   We were all living in UT at the time and UT is a mecca for slot canyons.  They are deep, foreboding, and dangerous as hell if you don’t know what you’re doing.  We’ve seen some amazing places that canyons hide and made memories that can only be described as priceless.  The places are not easy to get to.  If it was easy, then everyone would be doing it.

It’s been many years since I’ve done any canyoneering.  Most of the time you find me on a bike.  I live in Arizona now and it’s an amazing place.  It’s a shame to not take advantage of the variety and beauty that abounds here.  In fact, Arizona has one of the granddaddy of all slot canyons in the known world.  I’m not referring to the Grand Canyon either.  It is however northeast of there.  Well, the call of the slots sounded again.  It beaconed me and I did answer.  There is a slot near the Phoenix metro that in some books is unnamed.  Rather, the author makes up a name, but on maps there is no name listed.  It is near Tortilla Flats.  It looked interesting enough.  So a buddy and I put on our explorin’ hats and set out one Saturday to do just that.  Needless to say, I was impressed.  It was even cave like in some spots.  Browse through the gallery and take a look.  Enjoy.


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