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Two Shoes and a Loop, AZ
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Two Shoes and a Loop, AZ 
Two Shoes and a Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2020
Hiking5.28 Miles 775 AEG
Hiking5.28 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   2.75 mph
775 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
1st trip
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Tonto Jr's weather temp would determine what hike I would do today. 80 degrees at 6:15AM meant we could go to the Phx Mtn Preserve. The nice thing with the Preserve is there are lots of bail outs and lots of ways to add depending on me. On the way to 38th St TH via Mtn View Rd I saw a healthy coyote stalking thru a yard.

I had just barely started my hike when I heard a loud hum. At first I thot it was the radio I was listening to but when I pulled out the ear buds, I could still hear this droning. I thot maybe it was the traffic I was hearing, but no... Another hiker came up and I asked her, she said it was the bees and the sound gets louder as you get to the interior. So knowing that, I continued on my hike. In a few minutes the rain would start spitting for a bit as I crossed over to the 100. I hadn't hiked on this little part of the 100 for quite a while.

I took a little crossover trail to the upper trail but had to stop for a couple pictures along the way. I did forget to reset HAZel so I had to fix that part of the GPS route as it created a straight line. After each picture I have to reset HAZel so she'll stay with me. Another reason to bring my camera ](*,) . It was pretty people/dog crowded today and it was getting a bit humid. As I started nearing the saddle of VOAZ, 1B I had to pull over and put up my umbrella as it was raining pretty hard and since I didn't have my hat on, it was raining onto my face and into my eyes. As I crossed over the saddle and headed down the VOAZ, taking a couple more pictures, the rain pretty much stopped and I was able to put away my umbrella.

This little bit of rain had made the rocks slippery for the rest of the way down to the Perl Chas 1A. The wash was full of blooming Foothill Palo Verde trees so it was really pretty, especially under the grey clouds of the sky. I headed on up 1A and around to the north side enjoying the cool breeze and the wonderful smell of the desert air. I thot how lucky I was to be hiking here this morning. Needless to say I was feeling pretty chipper so my gait picked up a bit except for having to stop and take some more pictures of course.

I could see the rain all around me and wondered if it would hit the preserve again. I cross back over the 100 and up the south side of Happy Hour Ridge where I went west and around from that side just to get a little more mileage. And then back east again where I saw this one family hiking down a non-trail (a scree slide). You just have to shake your head. And then I was back down to the level and decided to take the trail up to the saddle below the spur to Happy Hour Ridge and then headed east. And the bee drone started up again as I came down the hill.

Well this was quite the right choice today as first I saw a a rabbit and then a roadrunner and then another roadrunner. This was after just seeing a hummingbird with the bright pink breast. I'm thinking, how cool to see all this wildlife action within the span of 10 minutes or so. And then this AM as I walked into work, I have to yield to a roadrunner on the sidewalk :) .

Forgot to mention, lots of thunder and lightning during the whole hike.

After the hike I was going to stop by Trader Joe's but when I got there at 8:55AM, it was a double line with folks every 6 feet. So that didn't happen, especially since I was a little hungry. It will be interesting to see what Trader Joe's is like this afternoon, it's a different one but I'm not too overly fond of waiting out in the heat; especially when I don't really need to go there. No problem getting right into the Trader Joe's off of Frank Lloyd Wright in N Scottsdale. It was very busy inside!
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lots of blooming saguaros and desert foothill palo verde. I did see some desert lavender in one section.
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.
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