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Ridgeback with Apache Vista double, AZ
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Ridgeback with Apache Vista double, AZ 
Ridgeback with Apache Vista double, AZ
Hiking6.13 Miles 945 AEG
Hiking6.13 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   3.23 mph
945 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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I really can't stay. Baby it's cold outside. I gotta go hike anyway. Baby it's cold outside. This day has been waiting for the sun to shine. Been hoping to cross over the Apache Wash but Baby, it's cold outside.
How did I ever survive those -27 with -47 wind chill factor days like they had in Havre yesterday? and now, I shiver🥶 my way through a hike at 55 degrees.

I made it up Ridgeback relatively easily encountering two other hikers. I went up to the Ridgeback Overlook and grabbed a pano as the sky was pretty with a glimmer of that sun I would see for the last time until I was done. I went back to the main Ridgeback Trail rather than coming off the Northwest side of the peak. There was one fellow in front of me for most of the Ridgeback Trail to the junction with Sidewinder. I stopped for a few pictures of the snow on the mountains to the east of me :) or I might have caught him. Good thing I got those pictures when I did as the clouds moved down on the mountains.

On the Sidewinder Trail there was a hiker and biker going back and forth which was kind of weird I thot. They said hello. I wanted to go across and take the Apache Wash Loop but it was just too cold for Tibberlocks so I opted to do a double of the Apache Vista peak. Here I encountered a couple hikers and their dog and then 1/2 dozen bike riders. I didn't feel well coming off the peak. I think those wonderful Harry and David pears just don't agree with me. I saw about three other hikers before I made it back to the Trailhead. And now, of course, the sun finally came out.

I had hoped to do a longer hike today (especially if it's the last for the year considering this is the most mileage I've done) but it was just too nippy with the breeze, even with my down vest and winter hat. However, I still had my Huck beer. On the drive from the TH I spotted the sun rays shining through the clouds to the southwest and 1/2 dozen hot air balloons in the air to the west so I had to snap a couple pictures.

WATCH: starting temp 55.4 and 54% humidity finishing at 4:17PM (high point 2186, low 1735) Avg bpm 130, max 162. (Anaerobic 7%, aerobic 31%, weight control 57%) burning 792 calories.
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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