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Phoenix Preserve - Coral Mine, AZ
mini location map2014-05-02
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Phoenix Preserve - Coral Mine, AZ 
Phoenix Preserve - Coral Mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 02 2014
black_toes
Hiking2.89 Miles
Hiking2.89 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   2.44 mph
      28 Mns Break
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This game called due to gnats.

As I approached the closed red mine, a young woman came up from behind, loosened her ear buds and said, "Do you agree these flies are relentless?" Besides being an intelligent statement of fact rarely if ever heard on the trail, it provided a moment to recount my own tale of misery moments before.

Just down the trail 100 yards I'd stopped in the shade of the small, rocky peak, pulled out my glasses and began eyeballing Peak 2429 across the valley, looking for life. While spying 5 little objects moving up the summit trail in late afternoon heat, my legs became covered with flying insects, most of them gnats. Also up my nose, in my mouth. Spit, spit. Only a few days before I had cursed the "relentless" winds, and now I found myself begging for their return. No dice. The winged devils followed along the rest of this short hike along with a fly or two, making the purpose of the excursion -- finding saguaro flowers (none, by the way) -- in a distant second place. I seldom use the disgusted "Oh, rats," but when I do next time, I will no doubt remember to substitute another pestilence.
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