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Praying Hands - Crosscut TH
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Praying Hands - Crosscut THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2018
AZLumberjack
Hiking2.04 Miles 304 AEG
Hiking2.04 Miles   1 Hour   2 Mns   1.97 mph
304 ft AEG
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I've been waiting a long time to get out hiking in the Superstition Foothills again but this morning it finally all came together and I was able to hit the trails for the first time in almost two months. We had a Monsoon storm pass through the area yesterday evening, and although the storm missed this area, it was able to drop the morning temp into the low 80's, whip up a hat grabbing breeze and clear some of the dust out of the atmosphere.

My knee replacement surgery on both knees has finally gotten to the point where I can move beyond a morning one-mile walk around the park to a short, low impact hike in the foothills of Superstition Mountain. It felt good to put on my hiking boots again and hit some uneven ground with short up/down segments to make the knees flex and the muscles work as the trail alternated from sand to rock-strewn to hard pack and back again.

My goal this morning was to walk a mile out while gaining a bit of elevation, turn around and return to my truck for a two-mile hike. My knees and legs felt tight at first, but seemed to loosen up once I got going. By the time I got back to my truck, my legs were getting tight again and even a bit sore, but if the morning temps begin to moderate, I'll soon be extending my range and altitude. Although the knees and legs are sore, I can already tell that the arthritic knee pain that I suffered through for such a long time is now gone.

The seasonal drought has been cruel to the desert's plants and animals and so far, our Monsoon has done very little to offer relief. Some of the deserts trees, bushes and plants are showing some growth but the wildflowers are little more than leafless crispy critters lying alongside the trails.
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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