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Overton GoJohn Quartz Slate, AZ
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Overton GoJohn Quartz Slate, AZ 
Overton GoJohn Quartz Slate, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2016
Hiking7.90 Miles 1,096 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.80 mph
1,096 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
1st trip
Wanted to get in a workout hike that might have a display of flowers. Usually if the flowers are blooming, you can count on the GoJohn Trail. Then I couldn't decide morning or after lunch. I went with after lunch thereby giving the poppies time to wake up. But it didn't matter as there was very little flowers popping out here. One of the trail rider boss's I ran into said it was early for flowers but I'm thinking there just isn't going to be much :(

It was nice to get on a normal trail but this was ridiculous as it was so manicured compared to what I have been doing the last two Sundays. Oh, I'm not complaining, just commenting as I glided along and gawked to my heart's content :D . I haven't been on the Overton for a decade. It's funny though, I remember the picture I took of myself and exactly what I was wearing like it was yesterday.

The trail is in marvelous shape and with just enough scenery to keep you interested. The brittle bush was blooming so that was nice. I did run into a beauty of a garter snake in the middle of the trail; got a couple good pics and a movie.

I'm back to using the FZ150 while the ZS50 is at Panasonic getting a new lens due to dust issues. I am quite shocked that Pany is covering the 1-yr manufacturer's warranty as the camera is in pretty rough shape with dings and nicks; that's why they didn't honor it on the ZS40. Will be quite glad to get it back as the movie stabilizer is exceptional compared to the 150.

Anyway, I switchbacked up the back side of Overton to reach the saddle and down to the GoJohn. Still no flowers really except the little yellow globe flowers. Eventually I wrapped around the north side of GoJohn to get to the intersection of Quartz which takes you east before looping you around a mountain and head WSW. Now this trail is in pristine shape and has pretty views too :) . There is an intersection with another trail (don't remember the name) as you continue south and then pass the namesake quartz outcropping before reaching the intersection with the Slate.

By the way, there seems to be benches about every 1/2 mile on this stretch. So I took advantage as I hadn't rested yet after about almost 6 miles. It was so nice to sit on the bench that I actually nodded off for about 5 minutes; I could have gone for the full fledge 20 minutes but that just didn't seem right. Finished off the hike on the Slate Trail, meandered thru the picnic/recreation area to Tonto Jr at the VC.

There weren't a lot of people out and just as few bike riders. Two different trail rides were going on and I ran into them both and one of them twice. I only saw three people when finishing off the Quartz and Slate Trails. I think going Sunday afternoon seems to be the key on these city-like hikes to seeing a few less people.

Overton Trail - ... vfuQ including the garter snake.
a little of the GoJohn and Quartz Trails - ... D7Ns including zoomed view of what I think is a woodpecker sitting in a tree
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
saw maybe a dozen poppies and lupine and some chikory and a few hedgehogs. Brittle bush is blooming pretty nice.
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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