We’ve really enjoyed our stay here in Congress, especially with the beautiful site we have been on in North Ranch thanks to Janna and Mike (Tin TeePee/Log Cabin). We didn’t get to see them very much during our stay as we both kept very busy. But we did manage to share a lunch at Nichols West, a nice (maybe the only) restaurant in Congress.
Later that day we took a walk to the other side of North Ranch to check out the great cactus garden maintained by park residents. The highlight of the garden is Methuselah, a giant Saguaro (over 500 years old) filled with bird nests.
On our final day in this area we drove south along Rte. 93 just outside of Wickenburg and turned east on Rincon Road. The road is paved for a couple of miles, then turns to dirt as it goes across a wide area of the dry (at that point) Hassayampa River. The road is then paved again for another couple of miles before returning to dirt. At the end of the road we turned down into the dry river bed and continued moving east.
After a mile or so we stopped to visit a short box canyon.
The canyon ends at the bottom of a high pour-over that must be an amazing waterfall during the monsoon season. A strap hangs down from above if you have the skills to climb up (we didn’t).
We got back into the Jeep and continued up the river bed, but first we had to go through a small pond.
The surface of the Hassayampa River is dry most of the time during its 100 mile journey through the Sonora Desert. It only travels above ground in two locations when bedrock segments keep it from draining through sandy segments into a subterranean flow. One of those areas is here, just east of the box canyon. At first it is just a trickle.
But the trickle widened as we moved upstream.
At one point we passed a water gauge. The gauge helps monitor river levels during the monsoon season.
As the river continued to widen we entered an area known as the narrows.
After another couple of miles the water disappeared and we came to a very rough section of the dry wash. We wanted to go back through the narrows anyway, so we turned around at this point.
We encountered many four-wheelers during the drive, but at the end passed a very popular local mode of transportation.
So, that wraps up our stay in the Wickenburg / Congress area. Now it’s time to continue our trek north. Next up is a visit to beautiful Lake Powell.