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First Water Tributaries 2947 LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking2.50 Miles 441 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs      1.25 mph
441 ft AEG
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Every now and then I'm reminded of the reasons that I left Minnesota. Today was one of those days.

I had planned on an early morning hike along First Water Creek to see how it had fared following last weeks rains. I arrived at 05:30 to an empty parking lot at the First Water Trailhead and was soon on the trail.

I hadn't gone far before I felt a mosquito bite, then another and another. The nasty bloodsuckers were everywhere and immediately I thought of Minnesota's state bird and reason #1.

I should have retreated back to my truck and gone back home but I was determined, so I kept on going...... slapping & swatting. The morning was overcast, 84 degrees, 53% humidity and nary a breeze could be felt. Before long, I was sweating like a dog (I know dogs don't actually sweat, but you get the idea), and I recalled reason #2 why I left Minnesota.

The rains must have helped the burnt and scorched desert because there were lush growths of green grass and some bushes were showing new leaves growing. Stay away from the patches of green grass cause that's where the mosquitoe's are hiding. Save some blood, go around.

The parched ground must have liked the rain too cause there was only a trickle of flow in the creek and pools were covered with a mossy green growth that may have resulted from the fire retardant that was used to control the fire.

I was happy to finally get back to my truck, bloody from the mosquitoe's (I think I killed a thousand of em) and wet from the sweat. Time go go home and get a cool shower.
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
 
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