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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking Apr 10 2008
Hiking3.00 Miles 319 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   1.64 mph
319 ft AEG
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I know, I know - 2 hrs, I was even surprised I took that much time, even with all the picture taking. It was a great day for an afternoon hike. The wind was blowing slightly but just enough to make for a nearly perfect weather conditions. I just love the sound of the wind through the sahuaros on the west side. It's almost soothing. Not so much the sound of the bees...
The globe mallow were out enforce and though the brittle bush was waning, it still made for some great photographs. There was a scattering of banana yuccas on the east side and some hedgehogs with blooms. I was surprised to see bladdersage blooming and it now makes a bit more sense as to why the plant is named as such. The fairy dusters were also blooming, if you can call it that, very nicely too.
There was still a smattering of poppies and lupine but very few. The New Mexico thistle was just starting as well. There was also a couple wolf berry bushes with pretty good sized berries.
But as usual, too many people especially after coming off the Go John Hike where I saw only 5 people on a 6 mile trail. The runners, and good for them, are probably the most bothersome as you need to get out of their way.
By the way, they had their quarterly newsletter out and had a good article on the desert cottontail; the most interesting part among many that they only live 2 years. There is also a website for Pinnacle Peak too.
Wildflowers Observation Moderate
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.

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