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Esplanade Owl Search, AZ
mini location map2022-04-17
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Esplanade Owl Search, AZ 
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ
 
Hiking5.20 Miles 158 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   3.09 mph
158 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to do this hike on Friday after I got back from the Islands but I couldn't drag myself out of bed. This time adjustment seems harder than the one from the east. And, now, I want to get in the rhythm of earlier to bed, earlier to rise so I can do the AM hikes but it will take a bit.

I knew the parking would be busy and it was, the most full I've seen it for quite awhile. I was surprised at the slight chill in the air as I started my hike. Near the start I saw an Easter bunny but it was too quick for a picture. I would be dodging mostly bike riders today and also some runners. The Buckhorn Cholla is really budding and blooming; wish the blooms were bigger. I also spotted the a couple hot air balloons landing on the other side of the Sonoran Parkway to my south. I saw a lot of balloons as I drove to the TH from my house today.

I got to the first nest and the only resident was Junior who we barely saw the top of a couple weeks ago. Junior is pretty large. I was able to snap a few photos before heading on to the northern nest. When I got there all I saw was mom. I did my usual circle and asked her about babies. She, per normal, could hardly hold her eyes open. (When I got home and saw my first photo, I spotted her young 'un, just barely.)

I headed back and took another picture of Junior. As I hiked on I enjoyed the bright yellow color of the Palo Verde trees blooms and the Honey Mesquite too. There were a few Wolfberry bushes but the berries are pretty small. I contemplated Apache Vista but decided I didn't have it in me plus I was a little sore from yesterday's Barbell class since it had been a couple weeks that I had last worked out.

WATCH: 5.07 miles in 1:46. Avg bpm 118, max 156 (seems high) most all in Zone 2 (80%), Zone 1 (16%) and 4% in Zone 3 burning 596 calories. Starting temp 62.5 and 24% humidity finishing at 9:16AM.
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Buckthorn and Palo Verde and Honey Mesquite all blooming nicely.
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