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Praying Hands LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2016
AZLumberjack
Hiking3.66 Miles 694 AEG
Hiking3.66 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   2.24 mph
694 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
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What an awesome morning to be out hiking the Superstition Foothills.... :) I left the Mining Camp parking lot at 0530 heading up for the Praying Hands as the sun was still below the distant horizon. The temp was in the mid 70's and there was a slight breeze, barely noticeable at first, but welcome as I began gaining altitude.

As the sun began to show itself, it was projecting rays across the heavens, making for an exciting few minutes as I had to find the optimal shot while moving from one shooting venue to another. This sort of sums up the morning's hike, a beautiful sunrise on a clear day with pleasant temps. Gone was the smoke tinted haze that's been lingering for the past several days, but I'm sure that it's going to return all too soon.

The doomsday forecasters are predicting near 120 degree temps for the upcoming weekend so I'm going to take advantage of the lower morning temps while I can by getting out and hoping for more stunning sunrise photo opportunities. My hike lasted for a brief two hours as I covered a little more than 3.5 miles and a bit more than 500 feet of elevation gain, but it was enough to get me sweating pretty good in spite of the breeze. I only encountered a single hiker this morning and didn't see any of the deer that frequent the slopes. I did see another three Tarantula Hawks, that's after seeing four on last weeks hike in a different area :o
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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