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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 13 2021
Hiking7.88 Miles 492 AEG
Hiking7.88 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   3.22 mph
492 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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I wanted to do another owl check before I head out of town. And, of course, the temps would cool here and will be chilly at Morro Bay, CA. I hate that when I go out of town during nice desert hiking temps!

Anyway, I proceeded with my mission with a nice small breeze blowing. I didn't realize there was a rabbit crossing until all of a sudden I saw THREE rabbits (saw a rabbit last week too). Two made it across the trail while the other stayed on the south side. I grabbed my camera and used my baby talk voice to hopefully soothe them from proceeding out of photo range. I was able to get a couple pics and eventually the third rabbit joined them. I don't think I've ever seen three rabbits together when I've been out hiking so I was pretty excited. (I know, it takes so little anymore).

I did see a low flying bird as I made my way to the first owl nest but I couldn't tell if it was an owl or not. I arrived at the first nest and the little ones were home but seem to have sunk lower in their nest so I wasn't able to get a great photo of them. Per the last three visits, mom was away.

Continuing on to the next nest about 3/4 mile from there, as I approached, it looked like I could see white feathers in front of momma owl. I zoomed and thot I saw four eyes belonging to two owlets. I circled the saguaro trying to get a decent angle but wasn't too successful. However, when I got home, the photo showed the two little ones. So her eggs hatched late based on the two other owl nests I've been visiting. I bid my adieu and headed back on the trail.

I did get a photo of a gila woodpecker. As I get on the southern part of the Esplanade Trail I heard the gun shots so there must be some sort of shooting range in the area (sounds like it's coming from the SE). There is an annoying helicopter that must be in training as it flies circles in the same general area. I've heard those sounds the last three times I've hiked here. I also noticed the chopper when I was on the east side of the south Phoenix Sonoran Preserve.

So I finished my hike with a clockwise loop up and around Apache Vista Peak and as always this is where I encounter all of the hikers I will see. I only saw 4 bike riders on the Esplanade.

WATCH: 7.65 miles, 121 avg bpm 154 max. 8.5% Zone 5, 22% Zone 4, 59% Zone 3, 10% Zone 4 burning 888 calories. Temp at start 62.5 and 31% humidity finishing at 9:56AM.

And tomorrow I take off for Morro Bay for a twice delayed AZ Highways Photo Workshop. I'm looking forward to seeing this area as my parents lived here for the first 3 months of their marriage while my dad was finishing off his time at Camp Roberts near San Luis Obispo in 1953. Camp Roberts doesn't exist anymore. Interestingly my dad's older brother and Best Man also served at Camp Roberts during WWII. Anyway, the house they rented is still there, though it's been renovated, so I'm hoping to go by there as it's right next to Morro Bay State Park.
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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