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South Mountain/Morman/Hidden Valley, AZ
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South Mountain/Morman/Hidden Valley, AZ 
South Mountain/Morman/Hidden Valley, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2017
squatpuke
Hiking6.30 Miles 1,581 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   2.07 mph
1,581 ft AEG
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1st trip
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chumley
John9L
LindaAnn
Tough_Boots
I had a Saturday open for a change and was looking for a moderate hike with my ol' acquaintances from HAZ.

Appeared John/Chumley/Boots and Linda (nice to meet you) were looking for a leg stretcher (Chumley had to work that mid afternoon during the ASU football drubbing) and invited me along for the stroll.

As I feared, the 20+ pounds that I had put on in the past few years had come to rear it's obese head (not that I was ever "fast" to begin with, but wow, 270lbs of burrito and bench press can SERIOUSLY slow you down).

I spent most of time sucking 02's and wondering where I (and everybody else) was as I had never really hiked this neck of Phx before. Kudos for John for occasionally hanging back and helping porky.

We went up a wash (name?) and then summitted one of the peaks for some great 360 views of Phoenix; this was definitely the highlight for me. (ok, ok, the real highlight was the break and granola bar we had back at the bottom of Hidden Valley).

We bypassed the "fat-mans slot" for obvious reasons and then enjoyed a cool stroll thru the tunnel...after that, it was a quick decent back to the vehicles (thanks again John for the company on the decent).

Once finished with the hike, I went back to the residence of 9L's Cats for some Ohio State football, BBQ steak, grilled onions and potatos...

After the great eats and a few Klondike Ice Cream chasers, I was feeling (and looking) back to my old self. :)

Chumley never mentioned the results of the "calf competition", so obviously I WON.

I'm grateful to have good friends here at HAZ. Thanks everyone.
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