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The New Year's Day Tradition Continues....., AZ
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The New Year's Day Tradition Continues....., AZ 
The New Year's Day Tradition Continues....., AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2014
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Hiking2.50 Miles 1,188 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
1,188 ft AEG
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I have looked at this "Set of Peaks" from the Beeline Highway for quite awhile and thought it would be a fun Hike! I didn't know what they were until I looked them up and realized that a few, and I stress "few" HAZers have done them. From looking at the Triplogs and Photosets of those "few", I knew it was doable and had a great view of Saguaro Lake...When the Subject came up last year about where this Year's Event would be, this immediately popped into my mind. It just fit all of the Criteria that I liked...Short, but with a Workout and nice Rewards at the Top...

I was a little interested to see how this one would be received, since few have done it and I wondered how the Super Hikers would perceive this one. I was hoping that since it's one that they haven't done, with the exception of Joe, that it would at least intrigue them enough to join me. I was glad that the Intrigue and just overall Interest in my Annual Event was enough for participation!

Bartender Bob was present for the Third Year in a Row, Joe provided the Entertainment as always, John was committed to being non-comitted, JJ watched me not have to haul the Entire Kitchen Sink this year, Kelly and John taking part of the Kitchen Sink up, thus lightening my Pack by a long shot, another John who became a Bartender in Training, Randal had his now Annual Tailgate Party in place, Barrett brought an extra Brew so no one would go thirsty on the additional Peaks and a late showing by a Snowbird turned Resident, Larry. And it was sooo nice to finally meet Shawn and Tracy! What an excellent Crew this was!

As is the Case, the Super Hikers soon pulled ahead...With the lack of any kind of Trail or even a distinct Route once you hit the Drainage going up, everyone pretty much split up to find their own way...I took Flying Fliver's advice and stayed out of the actual Drainage, paralleling it on the Left Flank...This worked out pretty well with just minimal Blood Loss... :sweat: Barrett was calling me from the Peak before I even hit the "Deck" a small Valley between the three Peaks. The "Deck" as Joe called it, was a nice little relief before the final push to the Peak... :sweat:

As usual, I was the last one up, but the Party soon commenced... :y: Good Times, lots of Laughs with good Friends, new and old...Soon it was pack up time and some of the others opted for the other 2 Peaks...I decided against trying for them as I'm not in great shape right now and this is the hardest Hike I've done to date since my Knee Problem back in November...The Knee felt good, but I didn't want to push it too far and I knew from experience that I would seriously be lagging if I tagged along...So I took my time going down, enjoying the Views, taking some Photos and chatting with Randal...At the bottom, 3 of the 4 Johns were already gone and Shawn and Tracy were ready to go...After some goodbyes with them, I was joined by Randal and we went and got the Tailgate Party set up...We were soon joined by the others and indulged in some good food!

I just can't think of a better way to start a New Year! Good Hike, Good Views, Good Food and Great Company! Thank you all for joining me for more Good Times!!!

And....a little Action after the Action! Bartender Bob becomes "Chef Bob" and educates on how to "dice" an Onion, with a Side Seat Driver.... :o I could have shown them an easier way, but what fun would that be??? And a "chopped" Onion works just as well as "diced" anyway.... :sl: https://www.youtube.com/embed/bq3Lo5Dk5hM
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