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Apache Trail Loop, AZ
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13 by photographer avatarCannondaleKid
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Apache Trail Loop, AZ 
Apache Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2018
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.70 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   1.38 mph
814 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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The plan was a 4-5 hour hike, beginning in the center of a figure-eight loop and doing a general wandering on both sides of Apache Trail.

Not long after reaching the ridge east of Apache Trail here come three bighorn sheep chugging along right toward me... I don't know who was more surprised, me or the bighorns. :o

Unfortunately, they reacted first, wheeling around and ducking behind brush so fast I wasn't able to get my camera out, turned on and ready-to-shoot. :doh:

So, with the bonus of the bighorn sighting, all was going according to plan... until the halfway point, when I stopped at the car for a quick cold drink before continuing on. And somehow, in the process, I managed to have the cooler lid fall down on me, punching a hole through the skin on the top of my head. ](*,)

And as usual for scalp wounds (yes, as a matter of fact, I have plenty of experience with them), instantly blood was gushing down my face. I had an ice-cold washcloth in the cooler so I grabbed it to stem the tide, but before I was able to do so the whole front of my shirt was drenched in blood. :o
Oh well, I'll worry about that later.

Needless to say that was the end of the hike... time to take off the pack and head home. It was a bit of a challenge keeping enough pressure on the washcloth while driving. Every once in a while I took a quick look in the mirror to see if it had stopped bleeding, only to be greeted with another rivulet of blood running down my face... so I stopped checking.

Although it was no longer bleeding when I got home (a 45-minute drive thanks to seed/hay spraying underway on Apache Trail), the light-blue washcloth was now a thoroughly wet, deep-purple. And I'll be sporting a nice bruise and a 3/8" long gully in my scalp for some time.

Once I got everything under control, I went back out to remove everything else from the cooler, only to find a small puddle of blood in the cooler, evidence of a stream of blood down the side of the cooler and a by-now dry puddle of blood on the running board. So I had a bit of cleaning to do. :doh:

Now if only my head would stop pounding...
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