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Happy Hour Ridge Loop, AZ
mini location map2020-02-23
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Happy Hour Ridge Loop, AZ 
Happy Hour Ridge Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
Hiking2.40 Miles 258 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles      52 Mns   3.06 mph
258 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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This was actually Plan C.
From 38th St TH. It was actually a bit nippy out for my mid afternoon hike. When the sun was out it was fine. Still on the last stages of recovery from my cold; was still sneezing a bit on the 24th. Can't wait for this to be over so I can rebuild my strength; I have been going to gym classes though.

The trail was nice from the inch of rain it got the previous day. I had a more ambitious hike (well for me anyway :lol: ) in mind but went with this instead. The light was dancing all around me as I skirted the south flanks of Happy Hour Ridge. The brittle bush was a hardy bloomer even though there really isn't that much out here.

I was pleased to spot some Lupine and a few Poppies, some Fiddleneck and Desert Hyacinth (Bluedicks). I had brot my camera with me so I decided to take some photos of the start of the flower show. The trail is in good shape all the way around. I only encountered about a dozen people for the day and many dogs. There were a couple horse back riders out and they were leading another unsaddled horse; not sure what that was about.

On the way back on the north side I saw another trail to maybe get this route up to 3 miles for my lazy days. Need to get a little more elevation on it next time. Hopefully this weekend I'll be back to the Goldfields to pay my respects to The Mask.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
mostly smatterings: Brittlebush, Lupine, Fiddleneck, Scorpionweed
a few: poppies, Desert Hyacinth, Popcorn Flower
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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