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Metate Trail - Spur Cross
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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking May 10 2008
Hiking2.00 Miles 75 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.80 mph
75 ft AEG
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Wow, this screen is prettier now.
Yep, I did it again. Mostly because it's close and photogenic, I just like getting out to the Spur Cross area. And yep, it was buggy again, YUCK!!! but I wore pants so at least those pesky gnats could only attack my arms and face; oh and into my ears on occasion.
Anyway, there were a few people out on the trail. I started around 10:30 AM because I wanted to go when the cactus were opening their blooms for me to peer into. I saw a cluster of those Iron blister beetles in the same area as last week. It looks like they were trying to devour a Miniature Wooly Star plant.
I saw lots of butterflies, some phainapepla (spelling?), one very red cardinal, a chuckwalla lizard who was in a tree, and some other birds I somewhat recognize and others I didn't. There were also plenty of lizards but only one was interested in his portrait. I promised to make him look much bigger than he really was, ha!
The breeze picked up on the Metate as you turn in more of a southerly direction so that made me want to linger a bit. I was investigating the area that goes from the former swimming pool (from the 50s) to Cave Creek; I found the mallard and its mate down where what's left of Cave Creek is flowing. I hear them when I am hiking on the Spur Cross section and I remember that the Ranger said they had a pair of mallards in the park.
I also saw some of the itty bitty frogs that were tadpoles only a week or so ago. Cute little things, kind of. I also saw some kind of bird with a red head and yellow breast but not very close as it quickly flew away.
I have to say that I don't think the cactus are blooming nearly as beautifully as they did last year. But nonetheless and to no one's surprise, I got more than my fair share of pictures.
Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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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