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Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2014
kingsnake
Hiking4.03 Miles 706 AEG
Hiking4.03 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.84 mph
706 ft AEG
 
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I set a personal best 14 hikes in a month, by one, and 16 "exercise events" (hikes, bike rides, etc.) by three. Just missed -- by a mile and 100 feet -- setting personal bets for distance and AEG. I should go out for 15 minutes to clean that up, but that would be cheating like Pete Rose getting one hit a year until he finally passed Ty Cobb. Oh well, on the right track, feeling stronger.

As to the hike itself, after I had hiked up around the small hill north of the NMVC, a few weeks ago, I looked at Route Mgr satellite view of the Maginot Line ( http://hikearizona.com/photo=388881 ), and noticed what appeared to be a word formed of rocks ( http://hikearizona.com/map.php?QX=3230 , switch to sat view, then zoom all the way in ). :-k Today, I went to check it out. I figured people that live 200 yards away had likely never noticed it, as it is off trail, but when I got there whaddya know, there was another guy looking at it. 8-[

The mystery word definitely spells something, but neither I nor the other guy could figure it out. Some of the letters are obvious, others less so (perhaps due to rock scattering). The mystery word is definitely old, as there are no bare spaces nearby where the rocks appear to have been moved out of; all the surrounding ground has established grass / weeds. The other guy mentioned the mystery word might be foreign.

I did find several iron cans, near the end of the word, by the cactus. The cans were obviously older than the many cans near Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1, as parts of these cans fell in rust flakes and dust to the ground when I picked them up.

On the way back, approaching the NMVC, I saw a bullet casing in the path. "That's odd," I thought. "Did not expect that here." When I bent over to pick it up, I noticed three others nearby. The first casing was a Remington-UMC 32-7.65; the others were two Winchester .22s and a Hornaday .22. Must be older than the park, as I suspect Sunnyslope citizens likely tends toward larger caliber Glocks. :roll:

Anyway, if you like word puzzles, or cryptography, take a look at the photoset and see if you can figure out the mystery word! :D

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Correction: It appears I have actually done 3 more miles and 600 more AEG than my previous best month. Too many numbers ... they make the eyes swim. ;)
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