|Ruth Hamilton Loop and a Horseshoe, AZ|
|Ruth Hamilton Loop and a Horseshoe, AZ|| |
Ruth Hamilton Loop and a Horseshoe, AZ
|Hiking||6.51 Miles|| 2 Hrs 17 Mns ||2.87 mph|
|942 ft AEG|| 1 Min Break|
|From 38th Street, clockwise. |
Apparently, today, besides being pretty crowded, it was "no leash" day for the most part. I don't worry about the people but the other dogs; especially when there are so many like today.
Anyway, it was a slightly breezy morning and got more breezy toward the finish. On the way up the first hill I noticed a big piece of quartz down in a gully; that would kind of be the unintentional theme for the day: quartz. From here to hook up with Ruth Hamilton, the trail is unnamed... near as I can tell. It was heavily traveled today.
Still sad to not have a house to look at from Ruth's corner; I saw a sign that said the 3 acres sale is pending. Interesting hazy view to downtown Phoenix. On the way to the west side of the loop, there was a big group of folks up the hill to my left (south). I heard speechifying and clapping. Made me think Joe should have a HAZ day where we could all meet up like that. I can only imagine what the speechifying would be .
I headed down the hill and over toward the VOAZ shoe still encountering others including two I had seen on the east side of the Loop. After exiting the shoe I took the same trail I took up to it the last time I was out here. The rest of the hike went well except I find myself getting sleepy; I have to remember to bring some sports beans.
As I was curious, I took the trail that said to 40th St, it keeps you pretty close to the houses. I had another Huckleberry Lager (I still have 15 left and a six-pack at cousin Connie's ).
WATCH: 6.39 mi (1491 low point, 1935 high point) 136 avg bpm, 176 max. 43% at max, 40% zone 4, 16% zone 3 burning 974 calories (1.61 ascent, 1.77 descent) starting at 66.1 degrees and 25% humidity finishing at 11:41AM
|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.