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Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2017
Hiking3.20 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
750 ft AEG
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I've gotten to Listening to my Gut a lot more and my Stubborness has not gotten any better, so with my two Strongest Virtues, I pulled out of the Driveway into the Pouring Rain yesterday Morning. It wasn't even Light yet. And yet, I remained Optimistic even as I plowed through the Flooding across Brown Street and the Apache Trail. As I neared Canyon Lake, there was Lightning and my Heart started to Sink. If anything is going to Pound the Coffin Nails into this Hike, it would be Lightning... I continued on, passing a Waterfall next to the Road as it wound around Canyon Lake. It was still Raining pretty hard. I reached Tortilla Flat and my Heart lightened. It wasn't even Flowing across the Road yet, just Pools. The next Crossing was Flowing, but it was still extremely Shallow... I wondered with it still Raining, what it would be like in a few hours...No Matter, I had enough Cookies and Champagne to sustain the Few of Us still left in the Committed Column, for a couple of Days... :lol: By the Time I reached the "TH" at 8:30, the Rain had lessened to a Sprinkle. There was already a Vehicle there, but it was not with us. I think someone tried to Camp there and ended up sleeping in the Car... :sweat:

Before long, Preston showed with his Wife, Bernie. I thought that might be it, but then, here came Ray...There would be 3 of us to tempt the Weather Gods. :y: It was still trying to Spit and it was Chilly, but we could see Clearing Skies to our South, so away we went. We took our Time and I wasn't the only one keeping the Camera busy. The Weather was creating some Amazing Photo Ops. This Hike Promised and Delivered on the Views and the Light provided by Mother Nature was the Icing on the Cake. After a 5 minute Heavy Drizzle of Rain, (all we got on the whole Hike) there was a Toast overlooking Fish Creek and a Sweet Waterfall, followed by Goodies and more Photos... Celebrating Hiking, Friends and a New Year...The Sun started to break through and I started shedding Layers, and then it was Time to head back from whence we came....We got back to the Cars about the Time Mother Nature started wrapping the Clouds around us and Enveloping the Mountains again. By the Time Ray and I hit the Overlook near Fish Creek Hill, the Rains had started again in Earnest... On the way back to Tortilla Flat, the Wash was running much Stronger, but was narrow and still Doable... The Crossing at Tortilla Flat itself was also running but Doable as well...We met Preston and Bernie for a Late Lunch at the Restaurant there and had a nice Visit. Thanks so much for picking up the Tab Ray! :y: We all then Parted Ways until next Time which hopefully won't be another Year... Great to see you all again!

We hit an Amazing Weather Window and I was Extremely Grateful... I needed this Hike, and the Weather and the Hike Delivered everything I could Hope for... I have not been able to do a Real Hike since I Smashed and Trashed my Ankle last April, and 2016 was not a good Year. I needed to start Fresh on this Day and although the Ankle and I need more work to be 100%, this is a Start and it was a Perfect Choice. It Taxed me without Hurting me and gave me all the Information I needed to keep moving forward and gaining a Full Recovery...And I am Grateful to have Friends that Embraced a rather Tame Hike and Joined me, even with the Threat of Bad Weather... Thanks Guys... :app:
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
The Blooms are already trying....

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Fish Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
We could see Rapids down there!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Fish Creek Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Mesquite Creek Medium flow Medium flow
At the Apache Trail Crossing 1 Mile East of Tortilla Flat.

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Tortilla Creek at Tortilla Flat Crossing
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty & well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming, "Wow What a Ride!"
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