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North Mountain - Shaw Butte Dam, AZ
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North Mountain - Shaw Butte Dam, AZ 
North Mountain - Shaw Butte Dam, AZ
 
Hiking4.78 Miles 747 AEG
Hiking4.78 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.84 mph
747 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I had to pick up the mail. Ya, not my normal route. Our side of the mail boxes has been broken for a few weeks. I get emails from USPS as to what is in my mail so unless it's important, I don't have to drive 11 miles, and in this case, hike, to get it everyday. This hike is on the way to the post office off of Hatcher and 7th St. I think the last time I was at this post office was nearly thirty years ago as I go to the closer one on Rose Garden and Cave Creek Rd. You would think they would have changed to that office by now, since the growth of the Valley.

Anyway, I realized I forgot my water bottle but I happen to carry a partially filled plastic bottle of water so I grabbed that and added some more water at the VC. I started hiking on the 100 and veered around to take the valley up via the west side and then head south to join up with the paved portion of the North Mountain Trail. It adds a little more mileage and I can avoid some of the road noise which I detest so much. There were quite a few hikers out until I made the turn east.

It seemed a bit humid as I made my hike up North Mountain so I was glad to hit the shade putting one foot in front of the other and extending my stride. I thot I would probably have to stop to catch my breath but I was able to keep moving. I always look forward to that last turn. I made my way up to the towers and headed back down.

Along the way I noted there had been quite a bit of rock fall in the cement gutters on the inside of the road. In fact, the rocks sometimes covered the built-in drainages; I wonder if they are aware of that? My shins were surprisingly, still a little sore from Sunday's hike. I haven't had sore shins in a long time so I tried to be more deliberate with my steps.

Once back down to the 100 I decided to hike over to and on the dam. I would take the Shaw Butte Trail back to the VC except it was a little further distance going south than I thot. Oh well, no big deal. Still lots of hikers and dogs out. It definitely felt a tad warmer.

While drinking my Huckleberry Hefe I was surprised to learn their trademark logo was from Carroll College, one of the colleges I went to for a year to do my Montana legislative internship.

Sneak peak: on our trip via Cedar Breaks we stumbled on quite a site next to Panguitch Lake. There were hundreds of White Pelicans flying in the air, not in any particular direction. I think they were just flying the thermals. It was an amazing site and not easy to film but I did and here is your sneak peak - [ youtube video ]


WATCH: 7:50-9:32AM 4.77 miles, 1378-2064 feet, 132 avg bpm/163 max. 29% zone 5 maximum, 43% zone 4 anaerobic, 28% zone 3 aerobic burning 668 calories. Temp 71.5 sunny and 44% humidity, finishing with temp of 80 sunny and 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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