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Wasson Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2013
rwstorm
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
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The original plan was to hit the Flatiron today with some Phoenix hikers, but I just didn't feel I had enough stamina for that amount of effort. When I saw that hiking friend Erika Hartz was leading a group up to Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris, I decided that was my backup plan. Only I would do my usual loop hike and surprise them by meeting them at the junction of Sendero Esperanza and Hugh Norris on the ridge. I arrived there about 35 minutes before they did, but it gave me a nice long break. Erika is a popular guide so she had a good sized group. I haven't done much hiking with SAHC in recent years, but I figured it would give me an opportunity to see some old friends and talk about past adventures. Sure enough, there were some familiar faces and we had a good time. :) Even saw my old girlfriend for the first time since we broke up back in early 2006. :lol:

One of the people there was Christine Michalowski and that gave me the chance to mention a hike we were on ten years ago. I asked her if she remembered that day and anything significant about it. She couldn't, so I mentioned to her that it was the day she guided us up Coyote Mountains High Point (my first time there) and it was the day of the space shuttle Columbia disaster. We didn't find out about it until after we got back from that long tough hike. It also was the day an article about me appeared in the morning newspaper. So that is a day I won't forget anyway.

It was nice seeing some other hiking partners of days gone by too, including Kathy Anderson and Larry Bagley. I'm sure glad I decided to crash their hike; it was well worth it! :D
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