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7th Annual New Year's Day Hike, AZ
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7th Annual New Year's Day Hike, AZ 
7th Annual New Year's Day Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2018
outdoor_lover
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,981 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
1,981 ft AEG
 
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Another Good One in the Books... Great Way to Kickstart a New Year. Joined by our Fearless Leader, (so good to see you Joe!) and some 4 Legged Friends as well... Awesome to Reconnect with Old Friends and meet a couple of New Ones... :DANCE: Always a Good Time Partying at the Peak.

I had a little Trepidation about the Steepness of this Hike. It's a way's up in a very short Time. I was pleasantly surprised at how good I felt going both Up and Down. Going Up, I was thinking, ok this isn't so bad, but I was also thinking, crap, we gotta come down this.... :sweat: Turns out, going down wasn't bad either really, although you certainly didn't want to screw up or you'd be all the way down to the Bottom much sooner, rather than later... Running down like one of the Bighorns we encountered, just didn't seem like an Appealing Option. :sweat: The only Reason that single Bighorn was Running was because it was on the Ridgline with us and our Lead Hikers were headed right for it. That Particular Solo Sheep decided to beat them to the Punch and just kept going down the Ravine at a Run... The Rest of the Bighorns we encountered, on the way up and on the way down, just hung out and Posed for all of us... It was a really Sweet Bonus to an already great Hike.

I was absolutely Flabbergasted at the Air Quality in Town... As an Arizona Native and having lived here for 41 Years, it's the Worst I have ever, ever seen and so disheartening... I was sooo Relieved that it was clear around the Mountain, although everything in the Distance was a Haze of what appeared to be a combo of Smoke, Smog and Dust... No Trouble Breathing on our Hike which I knew was a Relief for at least one Member, if not more... I'm glad I picked one so far out this Year.... I have Joe to thank for confirming that this would be a good one for my Annual Event.

It wasn't too bad of a Drive, although Google would have had us in a Drainage. Thank Goodness for Route Scout, and Joe's Navigation, we only Overshot the TH by 100 feet. Joe also helped me learn Route Scout a bit, although I still think he did something that was making my Phone fart at me... :sl:

Thanks to Larry for being my Sweeper on this Hike, he did a Great Job! :D Thank You Everyone for joining me to Ring in the New Year in Style...

Good Times... :y:
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