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Esplanade Owl Search, AZ
mini location map2021-03-30
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Esplanade Owl Search, AZ 
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2021
tibber
Hiking5.33 Miles 164 AEG
Hiking5.33 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.67 mph
164 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX

Delayed report as I got stuck in a genealogy research quest. Kelly and I were out on the 29th looking for the owls and were so busy talking I missed the first nest so decided to go back the next day. Greg came along so I knew I wouldn't miss it.

It was a very nice morning as we made our way NE toward the nests. We stopped at both to gather a few photos. Since we didn't get to see the little ones that are somewhere in those nests, I'll be making another trip back; besides, it's a pretty hike.

On the way back we noticed some Christmas cholla lining a very narrow drainage that was slicing through the desert floor. I thot that was very interesting. And then I noticed this huge cholla that I thot was an extra large Christmas cholla but after much discussion and comparison and researching when I came home, I discovered it was an Arizona Pencil Cholla that has been previously IDed in this area by Bradshaws.

We made our way back to the TH into a bit of a breeze so that was nice. We saw about 3/4 dozen bike riders and only one other hiker on the Esplanade. The trail is in nice condition; almost perfect for trail runners and bike riders.

I got to finish the morning with a visit to the LosDosSloFolks home and catch up with Cathy and meet their resident 'wallas. It was good to see Cathy and talk with her. On top of that, since she lost so much weight, I got two very nice pair of Eddie Bauer hiking pants :)

Thanks for coming along on the hike and for the visit at your home after.
Flora
Flora
Pencil Cholla
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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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