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Aylor's ArchPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2014
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,790 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,790 ft AEG
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This hike was quite an experience, mostly because of the random events that converged to make an otherwise normal, beautiful hike through the superstitions painful to the point of being comical. This was the first time that I had hiked in a couple of weeks because I was recovering from having the flu the week before. I didn't sleep at all that night (my body always seems to do that whenever I actually need to sleep) and neither did my hiking partner (neither of us are morning people! :zzz: ). I had scratched my eye the day before so I was forced to forgo my contacts and wear my glasses which have a two year old prescription and fall down my nose constantly. I, however, am not one to allow a few health inconveniences to slow me down. I was going on this hike. : rambo :

We drove out to Apache Junction and began seeing horse trailers and trucks everywhere. We had decided to go hiking in the Superstitions during the rodeo :doh: I did this last year too! So, the First Water Trailhead was really busy and the trail had a lot of groups with horses. The trail itself is really interesting at the beginning and has some cool rock formations. We were took a beating from the sun, but other than that, we enjoyed the scenery.

At about 3 miles in, we decided to head back because my newly-recovered-from-the-flu lack of energy was getting the best of me. After about 20 minutes, I began to see what looked like heatwaves when I looked at the sun-reflected sand. I thought it was just my glasses causing visual distortions and ignored it. Then I realized a few minutes later that it was actually a visual aura and I was getting a migraine (haven't had one of those in years!). I hid under my hat headed down the trail, hoping that that I didn't start to get spot blindness. At that point, I was ready to surrender to my body. You win! I should have stayed home today! But then, we happened upon a snake (Not a rattle snake, I'm not sure what kind though. I uploaded a pic.) laying out and soaking up the sun on the trail. I was totally excited about this! I never see snakes when I'm out hiking. It made my day and made this crazy hiking excursion worth it. I hope to get back to this trail sometime and actually get a chance to check out the arch!
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