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Palo Verde Trail #512Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2017
kingsnake
Hiking8.25 Miles 1,071 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   2.56 mph
1,071 ft AEG
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There’s a lot of flowers on this hike. I’m not a plantologist, but there were tons of Mexican Gold Poppy, as well as fairy dusters, lupine, and other species I don’t know the names of. One purple species, in particular, gave me real trouble trying to get a half decent focused shot (left middle in my flower collage). As last week at Alamo Lake, the Mexican Gold Poppy opened up around 10:30 a.m.. They were going nuts on the far side of Bartlett Lake, so much so that dense patches were visible from two miles away!

Just after I started my hike, I noticed a Coke can, which I speared with my hiking pole on my return trip. I was surprised it was not a Bud Light, like most of the hiking garbage I find.

After I arrived at SB Cove, I took a break in a picnic cabana, downing some fluids & eating some chips. (Some gluten-free vegan thing with chia seeds: Enh.) Then I sat on the embankment for about 15 minutes, mellowing out, admiring the Yellow Cliffs and watching the waves ripple in the sunlight.

Then I hauled ass back to Pirate Cove, trying to beat my dying GPS batteries. Almost made it, falling only a quarter mile short.

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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Chilly at 0830, but the flowers really started popping near lunch time. Spotted at least 10 species, of which Mexican Gold Poppy, lupine and fairy duster were the most prolific.
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