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50 Year - Baby Jesus LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2014
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Hiking10.08 Miles 1,253 AEG
Hiking10.08 Miles   5 Hrs   11 Mns   2.32 mph
1,253 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Took my 4-legged hiking buddy, Lilo, out for a dayhike which turned out a little longer than I anticipated. For some reason, the math I did before we left had the hike at around 8 miles, but we logged in closer to 10. Normally wouldn't be a big deal, but since I already thought 8 might be pushing it for her (it was her first hike in months), I felt a little bad. However, she was still dashing after rabbits and lizards even in mile 9, so I think she was fine.

It was a beautiful day out there - perfect for Catalina Foothills hiking action. I needed to get the Baby knocked off my list of Catalina trails, and so this was the ideal day. I only wish I hadn't done a big gnarly yoga workout the day before, because I spend much of the hike in pain that probably had little to do with actually hiking. Of course, my achilles is still an issue, but less and less as I go one, which is good.

The Baby Jesus trail was in excellent shape, aside from being heavily eroded in places and having many inelegant "work arounds" installed by equestrians and bicyclists (usually where there's a pinch point or low vegetation). I appreciate the needs of these users, but it usually just results in even more erosion and problems when it's done incorrectly. This particular trail is very popular with those user groups, though, so it's probably inevitable.

Once on the Sutherland/Trail Link portions of the hike, I not only started hating life because of my sore legs and abs, but the whole "baby head boulder" thing on the old road bed was just icky. I hate this kind of hiking any day, and today was no exception. Luckily, it only lasted for like 3 miles. Only. Yeah. Picked up a piece of someone's leafspring off the roadbed. Glad I wasn't in that ride.

Saw 4 jackrabbits on the hike, which is weird, because I rarely see any. Lilo only saw 2 of them - and boy was that a merry chase! A few scattered wild flowers, mostly perennials. I think it just dried up too much for them to really grow in. There was still water in a few pockets - even some flowing at the concrete Wooden Trough. No fish, though.

Got back into civilization just to learn about JohnR1. So sad - but reminded me of where I want to be when my number is called. Made my feet hurt a little less and my heart a little more.
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Samaniego Peak Wooden Trough Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Fairy dusters, desert lavender, mexican honeysuckle

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cement Dam Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
Didn't actually see tank, but seep below it was wet.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Wooden Trough Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Trough is full and no fishes.
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