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Southern Apache Wash Loop and Peak, AZ
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Southern Apache Wash Loop and Peak, AZ 
Southern Apache Wash Loop and Peak, AZ
Hiking4.89 Miles 418 AEG
Hiking4.89 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   3.12 mph
418 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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No, I still can't manage a 4:30AM start like some of you so I went for a 5:30 wake time and 6:20AM start (20 min drive to TH). After all, there really isn't that much difference in temp during those first three hours between 6 and 9AM (I've been studying this, ha!). However, I was curious what it would feel like with the almost 20 degrees cooler temp and much higher humidity in the AM vs my early evening 'Hood Walk.

I was pleasantly surprised when I got out of Tonto 3 that it wasn't too bad out temp/humidity-wise. I even gave short thot to heading up Ridgeback Peak first but quickly came to my senses knowing I hadn't done any hard hiking since the end of May. So I opted for Sidewinder to Apache Vista Peak. The saguaros' fruit is bursting everywhere it seems and the birds and squirrels (at least 7) were out in force. After getting to the peak, I gave thot to making it a double but decided I really wanted the miles more than the elevation; I'll do the double on Friday as the morning low is supposed to be in the low 80s and low 20s humidity :) .

There sure weren't any people out as I made my way down to Apache Wash Loop and all the way around to the TH. That's astonishing for this area. I like this particular loop because you're by the wash and it's really quite scenic and there's this thing called "shade". It was breezy as I walked eastward so that was quite nice. I could see little clouds at various places in the sky that were trying to "virga". Come on baby, let that virga hit the ground at least.

I was a little tired when I was done so I hit the Q-T for a frozen cappuccino as it quenches my thirst and will help me stay awake until my 1:30 nap time :lol: ; ain't retirement grand.

PS I made it over 400 miles already for the year. For many of my previous years, that was near my total. Did I say "retirement is grand" :) . I think I'm getting it now.

WATCH: 4.81 miles. 129 avg bpm, 156 max (14% at max, 56% at anaerobic, 24% aerobic, 6% weight control) burning 628 calories. Avg pace 20.31, max 13.32 with starting temp of 80.5 (seems off by 10 degrees based on Echo's morning temp reading at 5:30AM and this ... x/historic) with 38% humidity finishing at 7:57AM.
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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