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Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking5.19 Miles 889 AEG
Hiking5.19 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.60 mph
889 ft AEG
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Promise Kept.


My younger Brother, Doug and I used to hike the Superstitions regularly throughout the winter months. We became attached to the Superstitions because of its incredible scenery, its ease of access and its historic significance. A favorite destination was a hike to Garden Valley and on around to Hackberry Spring, then back to the First Water Trailhead for a cool after-hike beer while sitting on the tailgate and reliving the details of the hike.


My brother and favorite hiking partner, died of liver cancer in 2013 and at his final services, I made a promise that I would repeat our favorite hike for as long as I am able. Doug's birthday was Feb 3rd, so I set that day as the day I would make our annual hike to Garden Valley. The forecast this year was kinda iffy for the 3rd, so I moved it up a day to the 2nd.


I always carry a vial of Doug's ashes with me in my backpack so no matter where I go hiking, Doug is still with me and today was no exception. This is the eighth year that I've done this memorial hike and I'm now eighty years old but we had a great day of it and it was even a tad warm for February 2nd.


The photoset starts with me and Doug, about to head up the hill to Garden Valley, and ends with the two of us enjoying our traditional cold one after the hike.
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Still burnt to a crisp. :(
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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