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Little Four PeaksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2020
rayhuston
Hiking2.50 Miles 947 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.15 mph
947 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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I don't know but I've been told
You never slow down
You never grow old


Jack certainly personifies that cool verse from the Tom Petty song. He's 80 and still gettin after it!

Five years ago, Jack and I climbed up to Flatiron to celebrate his 75th birthday. Jack was feeling spry that day, so we bagged Peak 5024 while we were up there. Since then we've both spent our fare share of time fixing things that have kept us from hiking. We're both doing much better these days, so it was time to get after it again.

A couple of weeks back, I asked Jack if he wanted to do something to celebrate his 80th year. We decided on Little Four Peaks. Though not nearly as difficult as climbing up Siphon Draw, this little loop still has some giddy up. We took our time, enjoyed the views and chatted up a storm.

Part of the reason for choosing this hike was for Jack to place a heart shaped rock he has with the others in the "Heart Collection." We searched around for the longest time, but we never found it. I went back down the trail for a bit, thinking we might have missed it on the way up, but couldn't find anything. I will see @outdoor_lover on January 1st, so I'll get the scoop from Pam on the location and make my wake back up there to add Jack's rock, a very nice heart shaped rock, to the collection.

It was a bit windy on the trail today, but otherwise gorgeous as usual this time of year. We stopped for a burger and cold beverage at the Blue Bird Mine Gift Shop on the way back and chatted some more. Good times.

It was good to see you again, Jack. It's been way too long my friend. Let's do it again soon. I know you have something else already in mind. I'm ready when you are.
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