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Lost Dutch wildflower meander to a beer, AZ
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Lost Dutch wildflower meander to a beer, AZ 
Lost Dutch wildflower meander to a beer, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2015
Hiking3.17 Miles 647 AEG
Hiking3.17 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   1.23 mph
647 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
1st trip
Hadn't been out for a couple weeks due to having a really bad cold. And it's the start of wildflower season. I emailed Jack to see if he could come out and play even though it was "racing day" and he agreed. I am watching a couple sites for wildflower updates and it looked like the Lost Dutchman area might be a good place to go so we met up at the Mining Camp parking lot and headed out at 8:30. This was a little early as the sun was still rising above the top of the western massif.

Jack thot that we might see some flora along the Jacob's Trail so we hung a right off of the 53. There was lots of chupurosa and brittlebush and lots of BEES. Jack remarked that there were a lot of bees on their hike at Chupurosa Canyon but they were busy feeding so paid he and Hank no mind. I tried to pick up the sound on the camera as we would encounter that sound a couple times. We continued on and all of a sudden we heard a bunch of racket and then turned around to see some gliders sailing down. They landed, one further down than the other. We both snapped some photos.

As we continued on we lamented at no other type of wildflowers seem to be out this way, so we turned around and headed back toward the 53 and then over and up the Prospectors Trail. There were lots of people out today and who could blame them as the temps were nearly perfect. We headed up Prospectors but still no poppies until... we stumbled upon the red poppy I had seen on one of the Park's sites. I don't know if it was the same one as the site had a picture of but we were glad to find it and spent a bit of time here getting various photos of this phenomenon. :DANCE:

The higher we got the lupine and scorpion weed started to appear along with some poppies that were still sleeping. The view once you top out of Prospectors at the Treasure Loop intersection is really quite nice with the Goldfields to the NW and Four Peaks NE thru the rock formations. We debated continuing on but in light of the lack of wildflowers, we opted to return and throw in the towel. It appeared that we were a week too early. So back down we went making only a couple stops. We did encounter a couple horse back riders at the 53 intersection.

The best poppy display we saw was alongside the trail after passing thru the gate and fence as you head back to the TH. So we tried to milk a few shots out of that. Just before getting to the parking lot two guys were getting ready to pass us and I looked to see who it was and there was SpiderLegs (James) and RunMule (Jeff). I hadn't met Jeff. So we talked for a moment before getting to the lot. They had mentioned getting a beer so we invited ourselves along. It was fun to talk with fellow HAZers :) as always.

A few wildflower observations: the chupurosa buds were blooming but had few leafs along their stems. the brittlebush seemed to be flowering in spurts so I don't know if we are going to get the golden hillsides like on Silly Mountain; it will be interesting to see. What little lupine and poppies we saw so far seem just that... little.

and this is why my triplog is so late:
I uploaded the video to youtube but since I included pictures I like to have music for the downtime and had forgotten that. So I found a song to fit the length of the video from youtube's audio library and added it only to find out that music was copyrighted (apparently I didn't understand that particular column of music was copyrighted). Wow what a pain in the music dept. So the next night I spent two hours reading thru the materials on Creative Commons :wrt: and thot on this one site I had finally figured it out. I found an artist I liked, I downloaded the music and added 3 songs to my video and uploaded it to youtube. WRONG :tt: Apparently I didn't understand the copyright as it "matched third party content".
So after two tries and having to take the music off I went back to some of the youtube music I had downloaded that wasn't copyrighted. I only use music if there is a lot of wind noise or if I put quite a few pictures in a video. This one has a lot of the pictures that are in my photoset as well as movies.
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