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Ringtail Trail - MSP - 21 members in 83 triplogs have rated this an average 2.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 06 2008
tibber
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2008
tibber
Hiking4.90 Miles 380 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.96 mph
380 ft AEG
 
What a great May afternoon to take a hike. I took the Lost Dog to Old Jeep to Ringtail to Lost Dog for a wonderful loop! There were lots of blooming sahuaros but really not much else. Ahh, but you could hear the bees. I was walking on Old Jeep and all of a sudden heard this loud instense buzzing sound; I couldn't see the bees but I was frightened so I decided to do a stage right and start running. Fortunately the sound dissapated quickly as I guess they were just crossing the trail and wanted me to get out of their way. And then I thot, what is someone supposed to do if you run into a bunch of bees? Is running the best? and then which way?

Anyway, there was a nice breeze blowing for a good portion of the hike which kept those gnats off of me. I saw lots of quail but they are so darn skittish, I couldn't really get a picture. So I am even more amazed I was able to get a picture of that quail in the tree back on Apr 1st. The lizards were also skittish today so no pictures of them either.
But, I did get a picture of an animal. I couldn't tell what it was because I was at quite a distance so I just kept shooting and then it finally moved enough that I could see it was a squirrel. I also saw a lightning fast chipmunk. Wow could it book! I did get a couple bird pictures and a rabbit. There was this one really big rabbit that was off the trail but he didn't want his portrait done today. And then up on Old Jeep, there were two very unusual birds that I had never seen or heard before. They were medium in size with a white band on each of their wings. I tried to get a picture but they were pretty far away.

The sky was beautiful today with those puffy clouds we don't get much of here in the Valley of the Sun. What surprised me most was there wasn't anyone on most of the trail. Such a shame for a great day; although I'm not complaining as I like my solitude out there with nature. It did get windy toward the end and it amazes me how those big monstrous sahuaros actually sway in the wind.

And after reviewing my pictures, this is a day I am glad I took too many as they turned out great because of the clouds and lighting and deep blue of the sky. I was also experimenting toward the end with the exposure as I was told by a fellow photographer that for bright days, you should take your exposure level down one or two so I presume it would be the opposite for dusk.
Flora
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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.
Mar 04 2008
davidanthonyporter
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 Photos 77
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 Joined Nov 19 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2008
davidanthonyporter
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   1.84 mph
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Our first hike on this trail in the McDowell Mountain Preserve. This is a very easy hike with very little AEG. The gain that is there presents itself with very gradual slope. The only raise to your heartbeat will likely be a few ravines to climb in and out of.

This would make for a beautiful Sunday stroll for beginning hikers. Lot of barrel cactus. Very few flowers.

The trail is technically 2.26 miles long. Rather than turn around and hike back, we made a loop by connecting to the Lost Dog trail. This made the total distance somewhere around three miles.
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Feb 10 2008
amnestic_arts
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 Photos 6
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54 male
 Joined Mar 06 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2008
amnestic_arts
Hiking2.25 Miles
Hiking2.25 Miles
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This turned out to be a great opportunity for photos, especially as the sun set, and lit up the wisps of cloud along the horizon.
Flora
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Hedgehog Cactus
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