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Metate Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2008
tibber
Hiking2.00 Miles 75 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.80 mph
75 ft AEG
 
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Wow, this screen is prettier now.
Yep, I did it again. Mostly because it's close and photogenic, I just like getting out to the Spur Cross area. And yep, it was buggy again, YUCK!!! but I wore pants so at least those pesky gnats could only attack my arms and face; oh and into my ears on occasion.
Anyway, there were a few people out on the trail. I started around 10:30 AM because I wanted to go when the cactus were opening their blooms for me to peer into. I saw a cluster of those Iron blister beetles in the same area as last week. It looks like they were trying to devour a Miniature Wooly Star plant.
I saw lots of butterflies, some phainapepla (spelling?), one very red cardinal, a chuckwalla lizard who was in a tree, and some other birds I somewhat recognize and others I didn't. There were also plenty of lizards but only one was interested in his portrait. I promised to make him look much bigger than he really was, ha!
The breeze picked up on the Metate as you turn in more of a southerly direction so that made me want to linger a bit. I was investigating the area that goes from the former swimming pool (from the 50s) to Cave Creek; I found the mallard and its mate down where what's left of Cave Creek is flowing. I hear them when I am hiking on the Spur Cross section and I remember that the Ranger said they had a pair of mallards in the park.
I also saw some of the itty bitty frogs that were tadpoles only a week or so ago. Cute little things, kind of. I also saw some kind of bird with a red head and yellow breast but not very close as it quickly flew away.
I have to say that I don't think the cactus are blooming nearly as beautifully as they did last year. But nonetheless and to no one's surprise, I got more than my fair share of pictures.
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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