Mitten Ridge from Midgely Bridge

Just before Arizona's Oak Creek begins its southern descent into Sedona,
Wilson Canyon converges with the creek. Looking across the canyon at Mitten Ridge: seen here is Mitten's Fin, Teapot Rock and Giant's Thumb late in the day.

Clocks of oak, juniper and pine hem the walls of Mitten Ridge.

A little local lore :

Richard Wilson was killed by a grizzly bear in 1885, in the area now called
Wilson Canyon. That's the story most locals hear. The rest of the story is,
he also killed the bear.

Fifty years later, grizzlies in Arizona became totally extinct. Perhaps that's why the rest of the story goes untold. People may not have memorialized Wilson had they known that the bear attacked when he was
already full of lead.

Today, the more bashful black bears are the only reminders of the dramatic
events at Wilson Canyon.

March 4, 2009

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yatsek

yatsek - Mar 6, 2009 5:21 am - Voted 10/10

Yeah

This is it: Red on top, Green inside:)
Both sharp and gentle, challenging and soothing - great piece!
Peace
Jacek

lcarreau

lcarreau - Mar 6, 2009 8:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Yeah

Almost like a reversed watermelon ???

Thank you, Jacek!

yatsek

yatsek - Mar 7, 2009 2:39 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Yeah

You and this juicy (reversed watermelon) pic are an item:-)

lcarreau

lcarreau - Apr 25, 2009 7:43 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Yeah

A "juicy watermelon" sounds great right now !!!

garchov

garchov - Apr 25, 2009 7:34 pm - Voted 8/10

the rest of the story

Local lore is one thing, local history is another. In 1885 Richard Wilson's friend, Jim Thompson, was called to Prescott to be a witness in a trial and Jim asked Richard to look in on his wife and children while he was gone. Richard in turn gave Jim his high caliber game rifle to be repaired in Prescott. The first night that Richard was to look in on the Thompson charge, he came upon a sow grizzly in what would later be known as Wilson Canyon. He wounded the bear with a small caliber rifle and was treed then mauled and later found dead, face down in a pool of rain water.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Apr 25, 2009 7:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: the rest of the story

Thank you ...

Good intentions often go unnoticed. I had
only wished that I was around in 1885.
(Seems like people had more FUN back then.)

: ))

yatsek

yatsek - Apr 26, 2009 2:57 am - Voted 10/10

Re: the rest of the story

Here's (probably - I haven't had any yet) some BEAR fun :-)

lcarreau

lcarreau - Apr 26, 2009 8:59 am - Hasn't voted

Re: the rest of the story

Thanks, I could use some bear
fun right now !!!
:- )

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