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Thompson Trail #629Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2014
tibber
Hiking5.42 Miles 337 AEG
Hiking5.42 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.26 mph
337 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Partners 7 partners
BiFrost
chumley
John9L
Jonnybackpack
juliachaos
outdoor_lover
slowandsteady
After meeting up and catching up with everyone at camp, we car pooled over to the TH. I had done this hike last summer and certainly didn't mind doing it again. The weather was a bit threatening but stayed nice the whole way (though overcast). Off we went including with Daisy. Chumley decided we should walk on the other side of the creek so it was the east side for a bit.

Then THEY all saw a log across the river and of course, THEY all walked across it like it was nothing (THEY would do this a couple times during the hike). Me on the other hand, log walking makes me a little nervous 8-[ plus I was filming at the time so Daisy and me stayed on this east side for awhile. Daisy was anxious about having her master on the other side so she eventually plunged :o across the river. I, on the other hand was doing no such thing [-( ! Just a bit further down Karl came over at just the right time to show me some rocks I could use to get across :thanx: .

For most of this hike, the gang hugged the creek and would also hike on the trail depending on the conditions. The grass was quite deep so it made the hiking here a little more challenging while filming. At several areas THEY would stop and play around before heading down stream. BrunoP, despite walking a bit gingerly in the AM, had no problems plunging in and out of the water and then shaking on anyone nearby :lol: .

There weren't any wildflowers to speak of except I could see many Rocky Mountain Iris leaves sprouting up from the ground. Todd somehow managed to find one bloomer on the hike back and I hiked with it the rest of the way. It was a bit windy but nothing too bad. We finally came to THE END of this trail. We stopped and had a snack and just enjoyed our good fortune in hiking and being together. Oh and the doggies even got some jerky too as both Kathy and I had some in our packs.

Todd gathered up everybody and I got a great group shot :y: and then it was time to head back up River in about the same pattern, mostly hugging the creek on one side or the other. Todd and Bruno P stuck to the east side for most of the hike back. It's a little harder walking over there with more obstacles for part of it. We encountered Pam on the way back as she had lagged behind to find birds and take pictures. We saw about a dozen people hiking. Some were setting up camp about half way.

Back at the TH we had a quick happy hour beverage before it started to get colder and the dust from the traffic got annoying. Kathy, Karl and I headed back to Phx. On the drive, I think around McNary, I saw meadows on each side of the road that had blooming Rocky Mountain Iris :DANCE: . I had never seen such a site; reminded me of the glacier lily fields. Also on the drive as we got closer to Payson we noticed the dense smoke both south and west of us. There was a couple rays of sunshine coming thru so I tried to get a couple pics of that. With the smoke hanging in the valleys, the mountains seemed much more pronounced.

Thank you Karl and Kathy for dragging me up and a big thanks to Ambika for letting us borrow her home so that I could stay warm. It was a fun time at camp as usual and always nice to see everyone :D . Hopefully next time rather than picking the almost coldest spot for Memorial Weekend, we'll find something a bit warmer :) .


Here are videos from our hike. Personally I enjoyed them watching all my fellow HAZers and that sometimes they would play along:

Part 1: http://youtu.be/bBHxTxEn0mE
Part 2: was aborted during upload to youtube so I will try again. I have to do these uploads while sleeping and when at work as I can't do any other work on my computer during upload due to crashing :tt: . This afternoon I uploaded when I went to workout and finally success except then the stabilization didn't go well so I had to undo and then stabilize so NOW finally success. BUT I just found that I missed adding a few videos from my other SD card. There is an additional 3 minutes from the 12 minute mark; it's mostly of the boys hiking on the other side of the creek therefore the video is now Private until I upload the completed video

and here it is with the additional 3 minute footage at the end: http://youtu.be/VvSl512VaUI
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