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North Mountain Park - Inner Basin, AZ
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North Mountain Park - Inner Basin, AZ 
North Mountain Park - Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2015
black_toes
Hiking2.73 Miles
Hiking2.73 Miles
 
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Never thought of hiking today until I was returning home from REI in late afternoon with a new pair of low-cut shoes (Patagonia Drifters). The rubber on the old Merrells was pulling away at the toes. Usually I carry my hiking bag in the trunk, but due to the extremely hot temps of late, I had left it in the cool of the house to protect the GPS from going nuts. I gulped down some cold water at the VC and took off about 1725 doing a clockwise loop via the N dam. What I found was a "new" trail almost to myself. Two pools of water and several damp spots made it different. It didn't rain out my way last night, so I was surprised. One pool had numerous animal tracks, mostly birds and dogs but something else unidentifiable. The ironwood trees did not bloom this year, at least not in profusion like last year. The tree where I saw 2-3 blooms several weeks ago, now sported the same number of dangling, brown seed pods and none on the ground. I read the species is an "episodic bloomer" with big blooming seasons coming every two or three years. But they were all green and healthy like the mesquite, palo verde and creosote. Saw a few quail and heard many more in the bush. Even with the heat, 102-104 while I was out, clouds and a westerly breeze made for a comfortable hike. Retunred to VC at 1855, out an hour and a half due to gawking and shooting photos.
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