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Spur Cross Tibber Loop, AZ
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Spur Cross Tibber Loop, AZ 
Spur Cross Tibber Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2020
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Hiking6.24 Miles 677 AEG
Hiking6.24 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   2.13 mph
677 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Couldn't decide if I wanted to hike on Sunday or Monday; decided to go with Sunday. Couldn't decide between GoJohn or Spur Cross Loop; decided to go with Spur Cross Loop. Then it was a matter of how big a loop I wanted to make it. With the temps and humidity a little higher than I like, I went with a 5 1/2-6 mile loop. And since I finally made that decision on Saturday I emailed Greg and Cathy to see if they would want to come along and they agreed :) . I'm glad they talked me into a 1/2 hour earlier start since it did get a bit warm at the end.

We met up a little after 7. This would also be my maiden voyage for my new smart watch (a present to myself). And yes, I've barely learned all the ins and outs of my new phone and never thot a smart watch was for me but since I needed a new watch as it has been twenty years since I last bot a watch; after much research, I dove in to the smart watch world. So far so good altho we think the heart beats per minute seem to be a little high. I really like the watch so far. It's been interesting to see my sleep analysis. I apparently don't get quite enough deep sleep.

Greg spoke with a gentleman at the parking lot who was headed to Skull Mesa. He had found the shorter route on HAZ the nite before. He looked like a strong hiker so we hope he had a good trip. Oh ya, the hike. We went north on Spur Cross road to Cottonwood Wash. At the wash, Greg reminded me of the Archer Glyph which I hadn't seen in ten years so I ventured over to check it out. It really is a pretty cool glyph.

We took a left onto the Metate Trail. Cave Creek was dry from what we could tell altho the dried up algae is now white and looks iciclish from a distance as it has dried on top of the rocks in the creek. We saw a cardinal couple not too far from the oasis which we went over and enjoyed for a moment before heading up Spur Cross road trail. Cathy took a short cut over to the cross over trail area while Greg agreed to go with me and tredge up Tortuga Hill. Before getting there, however, we checked out some of the old rock ruins which I had last seen when hiking with my brothers back in 2008. Back then we really didn't know what all of that was, however.

Around the corner there is a place I want to put in a bench on behalf of my brother's request from his will. I had emailed Ranger Kevin awhile back but I think I'll touch base again. I think the area where we three had our picture taken in 2008 is a perfect spot for a bench [ photo ] . Greg thinks it's an excellent place for a bench with the view toward Elephant Mountain.

Next up, tackle Tortuga hill. It did seem rather warm with no breeze as we inched our way up Tortuga Hill. Luckily a slight breeze greeted us at the top. We made our way to the junction to meet up with Cathy and headed toward the Dragonfly Trail. There were lots of holes in this old jeep trail road; not sure what causes so many and they are a little bigger than a horses's hoof and seem to have caved in slightly.
It's such a pretty hike as you get nearer the Creek with the mixture of Cottonwood and other trees and saguaros too. We continued south on the Dragonfly and checked out the dry bed of what I call Cave Creek Lake. I did a virtual swim :lol: . And then up another little hill as we headed north on the old road. I like the view from up here so usually prefer that route rather than down by the creek; especially when the creek is dry.

As we got closer to the end of the hike I realized I should have brot a beer as it was late enough to enjoy one. Hearing me whine, Greg invited me to stop by the house and have a beer and snacks. Yep, I'm all in for that. The parking lot was pretty empty but it was near the mid 80s by the time we finished.

I had to stop at Circle K to get a gallon of fuel so I could make it back for a cheaper fill up in my 'hood. Thx for the Kilt Lifter and hospitality; I look forward to many more hikes very soon as my retirement is ticking ever closer.

Here is a less than 5 minute video I compiled. I'm trying the new phone's video and though the stabilization is wonderful, the video picture quality is lacking. I will have to try Pro Video mode to see if I can up that part of the game. I put some of LosDosSloFolks pics and used his music as well. [ youtube video ]
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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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