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2022-04-22  
Dixie-Western-Valle-Tortoise, AZ
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Salida Gulch Trail #95 - Bradshaw ...
Salida Gulch Trail #95 - Bradshaw Mountains - Prescott Arizona
 
Dixie-Western-Valle-Tortoise, AZ 
Dixie-Western-Valle-Tortoise, AZ
 
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,245 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.80 mph
1,245 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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With this nice but windy morning I wanted to get a little longer hike in and some elevation so this was my choice. I headed up Hawk's Nest and visited with a photographer for a bit trying to describe where the Esplanade Owls were. I took a few pics of the owls before hiking on. As I rounded the corner and headed WNW, the wind took over until I got down the hill and headed east.

The sky had some interesting clouds and with the changing light I tried to get some pics of the chollas and blooming Palo Verdes during the hike. For now, I needed to get up Western Vista which was made harder by my sore gluteus maximus from yesterday's Get Strong class (we did all sorts of lunges). As I got higher the wind and I had a couple contests which I eventually won as I topped out and took a moment to enjoy it before heading back down. I continued around the loop enjoying the wonderful temp and brisk breeze. I saw a few hikers as I proceeded and got back up to the eastern part of the loop. There were some nice blooming Palo Verde so I had to grab some pictures.

I took the exit to Valle Vista and headed down that and around to Desert Tortoise Trail enjoying the color, views, temperature and sky. Perfect tibber weather. I finally came around the other side and back to Hawk's Nest where I went back up to check out the owls. There was another photographer there and others so we all visited awhile including one fellow who lived below and a couple that had just moved here from Colorado. I snuck a few more pics of the little ones and headed back down to enjoy my beer and ritz crackers before heading home.

I think I'll skip Barbell class tomorrow and head out to the Phx Mountain Preserve; gotta enjoy these lovely morning temps at regular morning hours.

WATCH: 6.81 miles (1576 low, 2097 high) 131 avg bpm, 160 max (9% Zone 4 Anaerobic, 39% Zone 3 Aerobic, 47% Zone 2 Weight control, 4.5% low intensity) burning 1133 calories. Starting temp 66.1 Sunny and Windy with 32% humidity.
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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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