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Black Hills - AZT #14Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2015
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Hiking4.41 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking4.41 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.24 mph
650 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Northbound Tiger Mine to Tucson Wash Day 3 of our long weekend. Tracy got blistered feet but thot she could muster the last 4 miles we had left of the AZT 14. So after another nice breakfast K&K took off from the ranch 1.6 miles to AZT 13 and would hike it to Tucson Wash picking up that last 4 1/2 of the 14 too. We would take their vehicle to Tiger Mine TH where we hiked the four miles to the wash, take Shawn's vehicle back to Tiger Mine TH to pick up Karl's vehicle and take it up to Tucson Wash. :wrt: It would be fun to put together a moving illustration of our morning.

We were treated to another great sunrise and breakfast at the High Jinks before our drive to Tiger Mine TH. It was a bit overcast again and the forecast threatened rain but not until after 11. And once again it was a tad windy especially on the ridgelines and once again we would go up and down these hillsides and in and out of washes. I tried to help both Ambika and Tracy with their HAZtraks. I finally realized with Tracy's iPhone that you can't be in airplane mode (which I read when we got back home). And Ambika tried out the Nature option which was a bit comical at first as I would comment that I heard a hawk...only to be told, no it was HAZtraks ;) . But of course, it takes awhile for that to sink in as later I think I hear a hawk but it's HAZtraks :doh: .

Shawn continued his trail work kicking off rocks and clearing some little trail dainages. I try to emulate the kicking rocks off the trail but sometimes it seems so awkward to try and keep moving while kicking a rock. Sometimes instead of going off the trail the rocks just keeps doing down the trail :oops: . In fact, on the first video I am describing what we are doing and then as I round a corner, I wiped out on my tush but the camera stayed in my hand and I got up and kept hiking! I'm not sure if Shawn saw me fall as he was behind me a bit. I hadn't been able to do much narration because of the wind so it's funny that when I finally did, I wiped out :lol: . The trail really is in pretty good condition. You can actually see it on the next hillsides as you get closer to the various washes.

Sometimes the trail winds kind of funny too. We thot the hike was 4 miles so when we came to a wash and when we didn't see Shawn's truck, we obviously had to keep going up and over a smaller ridge and then we spotted Shawn's vehicle. Upon arrival we had a snack and then prepared decals for 2 of the carsonite marker signs that Shawn was trying to make more stable here at the crossing of Tucson Wash. In fact, on our drive out of the wash, I spotted a carsonite and we rescued it.

On our drive back to get K&K's vehicle we saw them along the ridgeline as we were getting closer to the Tiger Mine TH. Before taking their vehicle back to the Tucson Wash, Shawn cleaned up the water cache box and tried to straighten the slightly bent lid. We then dropped K&K's vehicle and headed back to the High Jinks to prepare for our trip home. Dan asked us for tea and before it was ready, we got an additional tour of the ranch and grounds. Needless to say, the http://www.highjinksra... got the right owner as he's put a lot into it. Dan also works part time up at the Whipple Observatory.

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