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Esplanade Owl Search and Apache Vista, AZ
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Esplanade Owl Search and Apache Vista, AZ 
Esplanade Owl Search and Apache Vista, AZ
 
Hiking7.98 Miles 674 AEG
Hiking7.98 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.99 mph
674 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I realized it was time for me to do an owl checkup so I planned to actually get up early and go hiking before it got warm.

Anyway, it was slightly breezy with some very slight clouds to match. Hiking on the Esplanade Trail, the views were clear and the creosote was bright. It's easy hiking. There were some runners that passed me by and some bike riders as well. It was Sunday morning, so I expected to see more traffic.

As usual, it seems, I blew by the saguaro that has the first owl. It is off to the right and from this angle is easy to miss. I thot maybe I had and then I saw this giant pool of pink. Yep, I may have missed the Owl but not the Owl Clover :y: . And it wasn't that scrawny, miniature stuff but full blown. Being mindful of snakes, I circled the pink pond, getting every possible picture I could.

I continued on the trail and saw the bent arms of the saguaros to my left so I knew I was near the saguaro that held our second owl mother. There were no babies and her face was all bloody (which I didn't notice until I got home to see the photos). I circled the saguaro to verify if there were any babies. I asked her if she had any babies but I got nothing but a blank stare🦉.

So back I went to see Owl Mother 2. I don't know how I walked by her coming out but it obviously is the angle. I finally saw her and approached to get some photos and see if there was anyone else lingering. Alas, her nest seems empty of little ones unless I just couldn't see them. It seems late for no little ones.

With my initial mission complete I hiked back encountering more hikers and bike riders which would increase in volume as I made my way toward Apache Vista via the Sidewinder Trail. For some reason, I tripped four times on the rest of the hike. The Brittlebush and Creosote were blooming brightly. I was a little tired as I made the peak on the Apache Vista Trail. I hiked back down and to Tonto3 looking forward to my Frozen Cappuccino from Q-Trip.

(I was also trying some new Altra Lone Peak 5 Trail-Running Shoes. My toes didn't like the toe box but it was plenty roomy so I found that odd. As I started hiking, the shoes seem to fit too tight on the top of my foot so I loosened the lacings. The left shoe felt great after that but the right did not so I loosened some more along the whole shoe. That helped a little but I'm still not convinced it's a good fit.)

WATCH: 7.65 miles (high point 1996, low 1688) Avg bpm 128/ max 166 (6% Zone 4 anaerobic, 27% Zone 3 aerobic, 64% Zone 2 weight control burning 1,001 calories) starting at 64.3 degrees/sunny with some light clouds and 23% humidity finishing at 10:41AM and 81 degrees.
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[ checklist ]  Great Horned Owl
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