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Marcus Landslide Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2014
Crzy4AZ
Hiking3.90 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.75 mph
550 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Kids were "camping out" at The Boulders with visiting grandparents - free babysitting! I had water and backpacks ready to go - Brad got home from work and we got out as fast as we could. Normally we don't hike on Fridays b/c it's a great night for kids to have friends over and Brad is too tired after a long day of work. But free babysitting will get us out-the-door swiftly!

Only one other car in the parking lot - a Dad and daughter so sweet she was carrying an Elsa doll.

When we hike together Brad and I don't talk at all. He listens to music and I hike in front listening to the sounds of the desert and keeping mental notes of changes to flora. I always hope to encounter some type of animal/reptile and tonight did not disappoint! Just at the intersection with the landslide, I spotted a desert tortoise and we stood quietly for a while just watching him/her blink. I know better than to touch or pick them up - learned from @ezpixels that if you lift them they sometimes empty their bladder of stored water and can die from dehydration. (azgfd.gov tortoise encounter)

Sunset was lovely from atop the landslide. Rock Knob just begs to be photographed from every angle. After the hike went to dinner at Pita Jungle and then ate THREE scoops of ice cream from my newest addiction "Cream City Cafe" in our neighborhood (shopping center at 105th St/McDowell Mountain Ranch Road).

Best ice cream flavor combo: Cookie Monster + Chocolate Galaxy (and only $5 for medium)
They also serve coffee, kids' snack food, salads, paninis, and coffee. They have a little kids table and kids library. fb/CreamcitycafeAZ
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Desert Tortoise
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Rock Knob Tom's Thumb
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bursts of yellow Desert Senna everywhere! grassy layer from all the rain too
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