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Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ
mini location map2021-04-06
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Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ 
Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2021
tibber
Hiking7.80 Miles 631 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   3.21 mph
631 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to get back out to see the owl situation. It was a pleasant morning as I progressed on the Esplanade Trail. The first saguaro on the Esplanade is a mile. I did see a bunny rabbit that posed for a short moment to let me take its photo and admire its purdy ears. It seemed a couple times lizards and birds were crossing the trail before me. Soon I arrived at the first nest and focused my camera on the bigger owlet and was able to work my way around to the other side to get a reasonable photo of them both. Mom was not home. I looked around but saw no other owls.

I headed up the trail to the next nest and momma was home but not facing me so I had to go around the other side of the saguaro and snap some photos. No evidence of babies. I headed back and at the other nest were a couple bike riders who let me know momma wasn't home yesterday morning either. I caught a few more photos and then headed back to the TH. The creosote was blooming prolifically and so pretty :) . During this part of the route I saw no hikers and about 1/2 dozen bike riders.

I had gone a little over 5 miles and finished off my hike by doing a counter-clockwise loop on Sidewinder and up to Apache Vista and down and around the west side. I felt pretty good and the occasional breeze made it very nice for me. I noticed 3 blooming hedgehogs; only one of them was photo worthy but too hard to get to. Even on this part of the hike I saw only a couple bike riders and hikers.

First hike without my wrist brace. I could definitely feel the stiffness in my wrist more and it seemed to swell which was a bit of a bother to my wrist. I tried to exercise it off and on throughout the hike. My watch had a hiccup so I only have what it auto-recorded which included a temp of 71.5 and 20% humidity at around 8AM. It recorded 4 different auto Walking sessions for a total of 7.4 miles and a burn of 674 calories. The last temp recording was around 10AM of 75.1 degrees and 16% humidity finishing at 10:39AM.

When I got home I had an email from Glacier Park Backcountry Permit office awarding me one of the more leisurely paced of the permits we requested :y: , this one is doing the Pitamakan-Dawson Loop at Two Medicine. I've hiked part of it. Now hopefully my Canadian friend can still participate as the border situation is still a little tricky, even though she has dual citizenship.
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