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Dave's to Foot-in-Tree Tank Loop, AZ
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Dave's to Foot-in-Tree Tank Loop, AZ 
Dave's to Foot-in-Tree Tank Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2020
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Hiking7.90 Miles 517 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   2.60 mph
517 ft AEG      15 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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It ONLY took SIX trips over SIX years and a total of SEVENTY-SIX miles we have FINALLY completed AZT #28 in its entirety!
Yup, between all the out-and-backs and loops returning on old sections, we have hiked over three times the distance of a one-way hike. But no matter, during those trips we took in a number of other hikes, bagging seven peaks along the way.

This trip we had perfect weather so the long drive to our starting point at Dave's Tank was just rough and rocky, not a series of mud-holes like on a few previous attempts.

Not really much to say about the hike... it was very similar to the hike between Bargaman Park and Dave's Tank on our previous trip, although this time we encountered a small herd of elk which had been following the trail ahead of us but they beat-hoofs before we were close enough to take a photo. We had been pretty quiet so we figured a quick gust-of-wind in the opposite direction it had been probably gave us away. That would be the only drama of the trip.

Not so much drama, practically right above our lunch spot at Foot-in-Tree Tank was a tree-stand... yup, less than 50 feet from the existing low-water's edge. On the other side of us was a game-cam nailed to a tree.
The next day we met a local (who we also met last trip) with an elk tag for muzzle-loader season and was disgusted by number of tree-stands/hunting blinds adjacent to water tanks... unethical in his book. I guess if I were a hunter I'd probably feel the same way.

Shortly after beginning the return leg I spotted a movement on the ground which I initially thought was just a small velvet ant but turned out to be the smallest pepsis wasp (aka tarantula hawk) I'd ever seen. And the first thing that popped into my mind was, is there a tarantula nearby? and although it was small enough I didn't actually think it WAS a tarantula, sure enough there was the already-paralyzed spider. I popped the camera out and took a few quick shots before realizing, you should be filming this! and started shooting video. Thankfully the 10-11 seconds of video caught the spider being dragged under the nearby rock. I figured it's too short to post on YouTube so I'll probably throw it into a video medley of other odd clips from hikes this year.

Anyway, the rest of the trip along the old route back to Dave's Tank was completely uneventful yet still a joy... nice cool (enough) and clear (no smoke from CA) weather.
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