Mike, let me know a day or 2 before you hit town. my schedule is sporadic, but I would love to join you.
Fossil was great, it was low but fun. I was down there picking up a woodstove off Ebay and visiting some freinds.
It was a way cool valley and just a great place to hike, swim (warm water and 70 degrees) and hang out. Plan on about 1.5 hours from Flag and look at a topo, you can save about 1/2 hour of windshield time by hitting FR 708 straight out of camp verde in lieu of the books description.
It's not the gnar, but it was a lot of fun. My girlfriend was able to safely drop her first waterfall. she was fired up. I'll post a pic.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. - Helen Keller