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Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ
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Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ 
Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2021
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.
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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