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Thunderbird and Lightning, AZ
mini location map2016-08-27
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Thunderbird and Lightning, AZ 
Thunderbird and Lightning, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2016
Barrett
Hiking2.40 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   3.60 mph
550 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Having a city named after you in Florida does not prevent you from having to drive to Blythe to bail out your kid brother, at least that's the reason my hiking partner was a no show at 5:30 am as I sat counting the seconds between lightning strikes at the trailhead.
Only 1 bolt 2 miles away at Deem Hills in 20 minutes, and the dark dangerous thing overhead was moving north. I rolled the dice and headed up, soon smelling burnt earth in the damp morning air. A few acres were fried on the way up, but a woman along the way pointed out she had seen fire trucks on Thursday, so my guess would be dumb smoker over electrostatic discharge. So many dice to roll.
Fantastic sunrise at the sleeping circle.
A cool breeze followed me to the western summit, where I overheard a group a 3 women expressing concern over crashing blood sugar. I asked if someone was diabetic, and found there was 1 in a group of three with no snacks. :roll: I gave her a Nutri-grain bar and headed down. Some people still roll the dice when they have only to lose.
Dice in hand, I drove home, knowing this day was as good as it gets.
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The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
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