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Sep 17 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk x2, AZ 
Hood Walk x2, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Sep 17 2021
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Walk / Tour4.33 Miles 28 AEG
Walk / Tour4.33 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   3.42 mph
28 ft AEG
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Going for a double today, once in the morning, get the mail, four laps.
In the evening just cuz I feel I sat around too much today, caught a glimpse of that big orange ball setting in the west and the risen moon in the SE.

Morning: 2.43 mi in 45 min. 112 avg bpm 132 max 65% at zone 3, 31% at zone 2 burning 234 calories in 5497 steps with avg cadence of 120 max 131. 82.3 degrees and 36% humidity at start finishing at 8:38AM

Evening: 1.79 mi in 31 min. 112 avg bpm 123 max 76% at Zone 3, 34% at Zone 2 burning 173 calories in 3765 steps with avg cadence of 120 max 132. 92.8 degrees and 24% humidity at start finishing at 6:47PM
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Sep 16 2021
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65 female
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2021
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Hiking3.02 Miles 492 AEG
Hiking3.02 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.83 mph
492 ft AEG
 
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the breeze has shifted as it seems to be coming from the east rather than the south... is this the sign that the seasons are slowly changing. Even though the temp and humidity didn't seem that bad, it still seemed a bit warm for me :( and I seemed to hike slower than I thot.

Clockwise. Saw only 5 hikers. I noticed a lot of blow outs on the sides of the trail that I hadn't noticed last time. That must have been one hell of a storm that hit here last month.

WATCH: 2.92 miles, 1727 feet. 129 avg bpm, 149 max with 23% at zone 5, 40% at zone 4, 35% at zone 3 burning 408 calories. Starting temp 80.5 and 40% humidity finishing at 8:55AM.
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Sep 14 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Sep 14 2021
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Walk / Tour2.33 Miles 14 AEG
Walk / Tour2.33 Miles      44 Mns   3.18 mph
14 ft AEG
 
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lazy this AM so opted for evening 'Hood Walk. Not many folks out. Big orange sun but the phone camera just captures a big white blob.

WATCH: 112 avg bpm, 130 max. 71% at aerobic, 27% at weight control burning 228 calories taking 5201 steps. Avg cadence 117, max 128. Temp at start 100.4 and 15% humidity finishing at 7:01PM.
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Sep 12 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Sep 12 2021
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Walk / Tour2.27 Miles 14 AEG
Walk / Tour2.27 Miles      40 Mns   3.41 mph
14 ft AEG
 
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Had to get the mail. Counterclockwise doing 3 laps, maybe 4 as I lost track. Dogs and people out.

WATCH: 102 avg bpm, 121 max (13% zone 3 aerobic and the rest in zone 2 weight control) burning 186 calories taking 4936 steps. Avg cadence 120, max 128. Starting temp 84.1 and 37% humidity finishing at 8:28AM.
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Sep 10 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder with Double Apache Vista, AZ 
Sidewinder with Double Apache Vista, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2021
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Hiking3.51 Miles 392 AEG
Hiking3.51 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   3.14 mph
392 ft AEG
 
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Alexa: 85/35 okay, I guess that will do. Seemed warm when I got out of Tonto 3. Had a tad of a breeze at first. Went clockwise. Whiptail Snake slithered right across the trail, almost stepped on it. Managed to get a couple pics with phone.

I felt slow but did under 20 min in first mile. Surprisingly quads were sore from yesterday's class; wonder what exercise caused that unusual soreness. Decided to do a double of the top tier of Apache Vista.

Saw two squirrels, several lizards, five bike riders, 8 hikers. Little Sulphur Butterflies are bigger this week. Too flighty to get pics.

They say the humidity is dropping now; makes a big difference for me.

WATCH: 3.36 miles, 2052 feet. 127 avg bpm, max 148 (9% at max Zone 5, 50 % Zone 4, 38% Zone 3) burning 419 calories. Starting temp 84.1 and 32% humidity finishing at 8:55AM. Temp at finish Village at Grovers was 91 but I think it runs a couple degrees warmer, Humidity 25%.
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Wire Lettuce
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Striped Whipsnake
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Wildflowers Observation None
Desert Senna blooming nicely.
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Sep 06 2021
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65 female
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Sep 06 2021
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Walk / Tour2.03 Miles 14 AEG
Walk / Tour2.03 Miles      37 Mns   3.29 mph
14 ft AEG
 
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Nope, not today. Plan B. Clockwise 3 1/2 laps. A tad warm and humid at 10:30ish, nice to catch the breeze hiking south. Talked to neighbor as he was moving the brick end caps from his backyard to bulk trash pick up. If you need any, there are about 60.

4292 steps burning 171 calories, avg cadence 120, max 131. Starting temp 91.3 with 36% humidity finishing at 11AM (not sure why no bpm recorded for some reason)
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Sep 05 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2021
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Hiking3.06 Miles 525 AEG
Hiking3.06 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.62 mph
525 ft AEG
 
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Echo says: 82 and 54% humidity. Yep, I can do that.

I parked on the hill below and hiked counterclockwise. I was immediately surprised by the significant trail erosion as I went up to join the main trail. My neighbor said we had one heck of a storm when I was gone and today I would see the results of that as several areas, the trail was trashed with ruts and little gullies in places. It must have been a heck of a storm to cause that much damage to this type of trail tread.

Today on the west side I had a twofer: shade and a breeze. Usually on this west side there isn't any kind of breeze so I just usually relish the shade. I saw a couple plants on this side, one I think the Spiderling and the other that looks like a corn plant. Google lens had a tough time IDing either but I should try and take better quality photos too. As I came up toward the saddle when I was heading east, there was another new plant that I spent 1/2 hour trying to ID but I'm not sure. It is a new one to me.

As I continued east I was struck by the greeness of the area. It is September! I saw the girl with the overnite pack I had seen earlier. She didn't hike very far before turning back. I would pass her on the east side and again on the hill down to the cars. There weren't too many cars in the TH lot.

I encountered a little more than 1/2 dozen hikers and two lizards. Didn't make the best of time today but it was still a tad warm, actually more humid than I like. But, at least, I completed the loop.

@Paintninaz Tracy sent me a FB message that Singh Meadow had huckleberries for sale so I drove to Tempe to get those. Thankfully they still had some left for me.

WATCH: 2.91 miles, avg bpm 129, max 153 (15% in Zone 5, 48% in Zone 4 and the rest in Zone 3) burning 457 calories. Starting tem 80.5 and 54% humidity finishing at 8:31AM.
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Sep 03 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Sep 03 2021
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Walk / Tour1.69 Miles
Walk / Tour1.69 Miles      33 Mns   3.62 mph
      5 Mns Break
 
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Thot at the last minute I needed to go get the mail. It's bulk pick up week so it can be a bit of an obstacle course. Nice breeze when heading south. Two police cars had parked not too far from the mailbox. I stopped to ask one of the ladies if the police were here about the young man from this afternoon. Nope, they were there for something/one else.

Earlier this afternoon I had reported about a young man that was walking 1/2 circles in the complex without his shirt on but wrapped around his neck. I and others were concerned so I contacted HOA mgmt company. Didn't think much more of it until I came out a half-hour later and the young man was still circling the south half of the complex; so I called our HOA manager and said he needed to call the police as now I was concerned about the person's health.

When I came back from my errands, two patrol vehicles were at the gate and I asked them if they were able to help the young man. Yes, he was a resident and was having mental issues and they took him back to his mom. Tonite, the HOA president (one of the ladies at the corner) says he and his mom don't get along and he's on medication. She said the walking around just started happening the last two weeks which explains why I have never seen him.

Anyway, 'hood walks can provide interesting details about your community. She is the new president and told me about a couple other incidents they're trying to get control of so stay tuned, ha!

Now I officially feel like, "I'm baaaaaccck" :D

WATCH: avg bpm 116, high 133 with 77% at level 3 and 15% at level 2 burning 197 calories doing 3824 steps with an avg cadence of 116, max at 131. Starting temp 99.8 and 25% humidity finishing at 7:28 PM.
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Aug 31 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2021
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Hiking2.85 Miles 321 AEG
Hiking2.85 Miles      56 Mns   3.05 mph
321 ft AEG
 
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Got up later than I intended. Today's gauge was cloud cover so off I went. There weren't many at the TH and I saw about 1/2 dozen hikers and a few lizards. It's green and lots of what I call yard weeds out there. I wasn't sure if I could do the peak but it seemed a bit cooler up there so I completed it. On the way down, the sun came out altho not full bore which slowed my momentum. Hiking south I caught a breeze.

At the TH and a couple other places I saw these really pretty, but flighty, miniature yellow butterflies. I tried to capture them with my Pany camera and got a few shots.

WATCH: 2.76 miles. Avg bpm 126, max 164. (9% at Zone 5, 44% Zone 4, 45% Zone 3) burning 341 calories. Starting temp 82.3 and 58% humidity finishing at 9:02AM and 85 degrees with 54% humidity
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Aug 29 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2021
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Hiking1.79 Miles 247 AEG
Hiking1.79 Miles      43 Mns   2.50 mph
247 ft AEG
 
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Yes, I know, pretty pathetic but it was humid out there and it's my first local hike in over a month. I actually woke up an hour earlier and Alexa told me it was 89 and 46% humidity so I went back to bed. Then when I got up again I asked and the results were the same but this time I noticed some light cloud cover so thot, what the heck. I should have stuck with my first inclination as it was a tough one for me :sweat: and I felt like I was in slow motion but I made it.

Like you all have been saying, it is lusciously green and I saw two plants I don't recall seeing before. I saw about 1/2 dozen hikers. I couldn't finish the full loop :( .

Yesterday I drove up on the freeway looking for an AZ Poppy picture and got a few that I've included with my photos. I am, of course, working away on my Montana photos and videos but it's a time consuming process along with unpacking from a 24 day trip.

By the way, does anyone know the secret of getting grasshoppers out of your grill and their splatter off the front of my car? Tonto 3 is not happy with me. Gentle scrubbing hasn't worked too well so is there a cleaning agent I can use to make it easier? As to getting them out of the grill I've been hand-picking so far. I self-washed Tonto 3 up in Flagstaff but even with that sprayer, I couldn't get all the grasshoppers out (picked them up at the farm; heavy grasshopper year). I actually took Tonto 3 thru a regular car wash after and finally got almost the remaining dirt off. And now I remember one of the negatives of living on the farm.


WATCH: 1.76 miles. 130 avg bpm, 151 high. (16% at Level 5, 58% at Level 4 (anaerobic) and 24% ad Level 3 (aerobic) burning 281 calories) Starting temp 87.8 and 41% humidity finishing at 8:49AM
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Aug 10 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
The Highline Trail - Garden WallWestern, MT
Western, MT
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2021
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Hiking7.88 Miles 1,416 AEG
Hiking7.88 Miles   5 Hrs   6 Mns   1.74 mph
1,416 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Finally we get to go to one of our original plans for our ten day Glacier Park foray. We stayed at a Rising Sun cottage, our fourth different place in four nights. We had left Tina's car up at Logan Pass so this AM we parked Tonto 3 safely in the lot at the Rising Sun store and went to wait for the shuttle. The shuttle was packed and you take it as far as Sun Point to get on a bigger shuttle that was also packed; we were just glad we didn't have to wait.
Fortunately it was a nice day as we took out on the Highline Trail for our two nite stay at the Granite Park Chalet, my third time there (2011, 2018 (both times with Wendy and this year).


We were lucky the trail was open :) as they had closed it the day before for a rock slide; the trail crew cleared it that day. We encountered one hiker coming back that was holding on to the makeshift rail and using his hand to hide his eyes from the steep drop off. The trail really is plenty wide but if you're afraid of heights... Anyway, I got him on video as I was filming at the time and he was, at least, smiling.

It had rained recently so there was plenty of flowing water thus the trail could get slippery in places. There was still plenty of flora to keep your attention but not as much as I've seen the previous three times I've hiked the trail. The sky was hazing up again due to the lingering fire activity both in California, Oregon and Montana (and one fire on the west side of the Park).

There was continuous human traffic which took awhile to get used to; I'm sure they felt the same about us. Of course we had our bigger packs on so people would inquire if we were backpacking or going to the Chalet. Needless to say, many folks were quite jealous, as I would be of them if they were staying there too. A lot of folks would ask how we got get reservations and other questions. We would always try to answer them. FYI: when reservations open mid-January you go online and hope for the best. We have learned that signing up for two nites increases your chances of getting a reservation and/or signing up for a workshop. We signed up for the Ahern Pass Geology workshop. In fact, this year, we also got our Sperry Chalet reservation but we couldn't do both.

The sky was overcast for our whole hike which was wonderful as in 2018 Wendy and I baked our way to the Chalet as it was pretty toasty. I snapped some pics of the conga line going up the very long Haystack Butte switchback. We had also heard there was a grizzly and sows just below the switchback so the line had stopped for a bit. At Haystack Butte which is almost 1/2 way, we stopped to have a snack. We saw three people climbing up the side of the Garden Wall; had no idea where they were going.

And now we have a little more climbing and a few more down and ups before you get to the great visual of almost all of McDonald Lake. We saw a grouse close to the trail and I got a chance to get some good pictures. There were a couple of them here. There were very large patches of Fireweed from time to time that really stood out in the muted light.

There's this one last corner you get around and you can now see Swiftcurrent Mountain in the distance with the Lookout on top. And just a little further, you get your first glimpse of the Chalet which is one of those looks so close but is far away yet. However, the trail is pretty much easy peasy from here. And as we started heading north, we saw some Big Horns and Mountain Sheep up on the side of the Garden Wall. I think someone pointed them out to us which was also the case for much of the wildlife we would see. We would also share this same knowledge with others. I did have to do some major zooming but got some decent photos.

As we walked through a particularly beautiful and colorful rocky section, a Golden-Mantled Squirrel (looks like a chipmunk) wanted to be a youtube star :D so I obliged as it scampered on top of some flat rocks right next to the trail. And as I said previously, with the overcast day, the colors of the Glacier Park rocks stood out even more. We spotted another Big Horn on the side of the wall and later saw a deer in between the trees on the downside. The trail to/from the Grinnell Overlook was its usual conveyor belt of people. I still haven't done that and would really like to. Sadly, a hiker fell to her death from the overlook a few weeks later :( .

We did encounter what I thot were hutterites and talked with them for a moment. They were actually from Indiana and were Amish; I should have known by the straw hats -- the rest of their garb was hutterite-like. One of the girls was struggling as they had come up the 2600 foot 4 mile Loop Trail so I suspect they didn't go much further. We would see more of them at the Chalet; one with a baby.

The Chalet had lots of visitors that were using the restrooms. You could buy water and food at the Chalet but couldn't stay inside if you weren't a guest. We got our room number 16 in the Annex; I had stayed in Room 15 in 2011. You have to listen to their spiel and they handed us off between hosts. We made up our beds and then put in for our kitchen time. Before we went to get water, I asked other guests if anyone needed water as I figured as long as I was carrying one jug, I could carry another. There were these older folks that took me up on the offer.

We made the trek down to get some water about 1/4 mile away and filled the jugs and water bladders. The water would not need to be filtered which was nice. I wanted to make sure we got enough water so as not to have to make the trek again. It was very windy when we were outside as would be the case for a lot of our time here in Glacier Park... well for my Montana trip in general.

At 7:30 they have a coffee hour where they provide the water and a speaker, which in this case would be our guide for tomorrow's workshop. He comes up for a week or so and does geology workshops for the Chalet guests. You also meet the hosts. Afterward I just walked around trying to get sunset pictures and luckily I wasn't disappointed :y: . We didn't stay at the main Chalet too much longer after that except to get more blankets as it would be a chilly nite and there is no electricity thus no heat.


Three videos:
Part 1 [ youtube video ]
Part 2 [ youtube video ]
Part 3 [ youtube video ]

WATCH: 7.46 miles in 5 hours 7589 feet with 114 avg bpm, 148 max (48% at zone 3, 26% at zone 2) burning 1592 calories. Beginning temp 65.8, mostly cloudy with 49% humidity finishing at 2:38PM.
Geology
Geology
Stromatolites
Meteorology
Meteorology
Sunset
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Aug 09 2021
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Avalanche Lake GNPWestern, MT
Western, MT
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2021
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Hiking5.35 Miles 896 AEG
Hiking5.35 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   2.01 mph
896 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Day Two of our Plan B hikes due to canceled backpack to Gunsight Lake. We checked out of our motel at St Mary and took both cars up to the Pass as we would leave one for our hike out from the Chalet and Highline Trail in a couple days. The drive up Going to the Sun Road (GTTSR) started out nicely enough but as I got closer to Sun Point TH, the clouds got lower and lower. Eventually I would be driving in the clouds and if it weren't for the signs, a person would not know where to turn to get into Logan Pass VC parking area. Tina said she just followed the shuttle bus.

We left her car which normally would have been challenging as the lot fills by 7AM but today, being in the clouds and all, there wouldn't be much hiking from here; thus plenty of parking spots. We were glad this wasn't the day for our reservation at the Chalet. As we headed down the west side we were still in the clouds so were wondering if we were going to be able to hike. As we got a little lower, we came out of the clouds that were now hovering above us. We had to do a couple loops to find a parking spot and fortunately, we got one that was close to the TH. (I don't know why they couldn't have opened up the campground for additional parking but I guess it was a way to try and control the crowds). We ate our leftovers from the Cattle Baron Club before gearing up for our hike.


It would pretty much stay overcast for the hike and it was slightly humid. The Trail of the Cedars is impressive as always (last time I hiked this was 2010). It's a boardwalk which allows one to gawk to your heart's content.
After stopping at the restroom we headed up the trail with the throngs of people and I mean throngs :o . We had been hearing about the massive crowds on these shorter trails but it was a whole other thing to be hiking as part of it; never an alone moment. The last time I hiked this was with cousin Connie in 2008.

The Gorge was flowing vigorously; I assume the rain of the last day contributed to that. The water is that luscious glacial blue color and contrasting against the green moss and red rock, it's an impressive site and hard to take your eyes off of. We gradually made our way up the trail admiring the surroundings of the very tall trees that had some moss on them. The lack of light caused interesting scenes as well. There were three very large downed trees that we hiked right next to so you could really appreciate their massiveness.

We passed by an avalanche area where there were trees snapped in half. There must have also been some sort of water runoff that was slightly separated from the gorge area where there were downed and broken trees and extra water in little pools; maybe from where Hidden Creek comes into Avalanche Creek. We finally reached the lake. So many humans here that we really didn't stay long. Plus the lighting was difficult to deal with as far as getting photos. However, I got my fair share with lots of waterfall shots :) including a good zoomed movie (wish I had taken a couple more as it turned out very cool). The lake color wasn't as glacial blue due to the rains we'd been having.

On the way back, the traffic continued so at times it felt like bumper pool. A lot more of the children were now being carried. Nonetheless, it's still a pretty hike even on the way down as you notice different things. I hung out at the Gorge for a bit while Tina hit the restroom. We continued back on the Trail of the Cedars to the still full parking area.

The drive back to the east side was completely different than the drive up as the sun was now out. I took some video and it turned out pretty good(Video 3). We had lunch again at The Park Cafe in St Mary. I had the best Huckleberry Milkshake I've ever had, OMG! We checked into the Rising Sun and started preparing for our next three days up on the Highline Trail.

Videos: drive from St Mary, start of hike Trail of Cedars/Avalanche [ youtube video ]
Avalanche Lake Hike [ youtube video ]
Hike back and drive to St Mary [ youtube video ]

Watch: from Restroom 4.42 miles in 2:43 (lowest elev 3475, highest 4041) avg bpm 117 with max 151 burning 905 calories. Starting temp 65.8 and 49% humidity, mostly cloudy finishing at 3:18PM
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Aug 08 2021
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Running Eagle Falls Nature TrailNorth Central, MT
North Central, MT
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2021
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Hiking0.71 Miles 128 AEG
Hiking0.71 Miles      51 Mns   0.95 mph
128 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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This was our other choice to hike in light of NOT being on our Gunsight Lake backpack and hiking up to Jackson Glacier and/or Gunsight Pass. It had rained most of the nite so we were grateful to have our small room at St Mary Lodge. It was still raining off and on in the AM but we thot we would give the Two Medicine Valley a look-see; even if we just hung out at the Lodge there (a store now). When we started our drive, this didn't look good either as our visibility was extremely limited but we continued on in spite of driving in clouds off and on.

As we got above Lower Two Medicine Lake, there seemed to be an opening and only low clouds giving us hope we would get to do some hiking around Two Medicine Lake. We got to the parking area and were able to find a spot. We had a nice lunch at the store including a great tomato soup and we split a sandwich.

The weather was foreboding so we decided to stick close to the lake area. We headed toward Pray Lake and walked around for .75 miles according to my watch. The clouds stayed low but I was able to get some pictures of the flora and a couple waterfalls were visible. There were some trees that had thick layers of moss on their branches that were showing very brightly in this light.

On our way out of the area, we decided to stop and see if Ranger Pat Hagen was about so we stopped at the Ranger Station. (I had done two hikes with him in 2013 and 2014 so it was a bit ago; oh and Wendy and I saw him in 2018 coming back from Upper Two Medicine Lake) He was there and came out to meet us. He remembered Tina but not me :( . Nonetheless, we had a nice conversation before others started coming up and asking questions so we left.

There were only a couple parking spots left at the Running Eagle/Trick Falls hike TH. The main entrance was closed off for some reason so you had to go a little past there to get into the hiking area. We got to the Falls fairly quickly. Only the lower Falls was flowing. On the way back we decided to stay close to the River which was a good decision :) as we were rewarded with lots of late blooming flowers and watching a group of American Dippers; apparently training the younger ones to hop the river (according to a bird watcher we encountered). They are noisy but I did get some good video of them as they moved up the river.

Temp was 51.7 degrees and 94% humidity with rain shower (we didn't get any though) finishing at 2:23PM (not sure where google was getting the weather from but it would have been St Mary or Browning.)

We were lucky to have good weather for both of those little hikes. The sky had lots of puffy clouds as we made our drive back to St Mary so we got to see the prairie and the lake. However, about an hour later the rain started coming and going. We checked into our room at Red Eagle Motel (nice place but stay upstairs as the walls and floors are thin).

Next up: Cattle Baron Supper Club, we hoped... as they had a water issue in Babb and we weren't sure if it would be resolved but according to their FB page, it was a go. However, when we got there, they weren't open yet as they were still waiting for the water pressure to come up. So we waited in the car for awhile and eventually got in line to go in once we got the thumbs up from one of the employees.

While waiting in line for about 20 minutes I talked to a Blackfeet about how to pronounce Piegan among other things including how covid had effected the reservation. She was a teacher and her husband who normally does construction was doing horse-work for a guiding company. They had a reservation for 11 including her parents, children and a cousin. She told me what to order, Bob's Specialty, and fortunately, I got my order in before their group ordered :lol: . The food was superb as always. I don't know what they cook those steaks on or in but the flavor is awesome.


Video: [ youtube video ] drive to Two Medicine and hike around Two Medicine are
Video: [ youtube video ] includes drive Running Eagle hike and drive from Two Medicine Valley
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Jackson Overlook TH Reynolds Creek Campground, MT 
Jackson Overlook TH Reynolds Creek Campground, MT
 
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Hiking2.75 Miles 722 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   1.65 mph
722 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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And so the Glacier hiking finally begins. HOWEVER, this was Plan B as we were supposed to be backpacking to Gunsight Lake for a couple nites but Mother Nature had other plans. The day before we had to scramble for lodging for two nites and we consider ourselves lucky to have found a room at two different places without costing a fortune. The one fellow at St Mary Lodge quoted us a price for a room and when we winced, he said how much would you pay and we ended up taking the very small room as he came down about $50. This was a much better choice than having to stay at the campground in our tents, our last option; especially in light of the weather that came.

We had booked our first nite a the cabins at Johnson's and FYI, it is a very nice cabin with an awesome view. Sadly Johnson's restaurant didn't have "dine in" so we ended up at Two Sisters where we didn't have the best food per the normal fare we've had there in the past. So we had time to kill trying to play with the weather and we came up with two hikes for the 7th.

Before starting the hike we stopped at St Mary's VC to get a couple of our Shuttle bracelets as you can validate 72 hours before your travel. Our next concern was would we find parking at the Overlook TH and luckily we got a spot (we would have had to go back and catch the shuttle if we couldn't find parking).


On to the hike which started off with us going the wrong way to a dead end after coming down the steps but it was not far and easily corrected. You end up going down through the forest for most of this hike and it is a bit steep in places. The vegetation is quite high as we had been hearing. The weather was good with overcast skies and the wind wasn't blowing as hard here.

The first stop is Deadwood Falls which I remember really liking when I was last here with Ambika and Guru in 2010. There was a family sitting on the rocks as Tina and I surveyed the Falls and I tested my slo-mo function on my phone camera for some of the cascades. There was this one beautiful pool the water had created over the eons and it was absolutely fabulous... the colors :y: .

After getting our fill of this scene we continued down Reynolds Creek. Here we had encountered some additional hikers that were coming back from Gunsight Lake. There is a swinging plank bridge to cross; looks pretty newly rebuilt based on the color of the wood. Tina was going to try and cross without touching the sides and made it to the 3/4 mark before having to touch. Two years ago we saw a Glacier Guide with a fully loaded backpack cross the swinging bridge at Cosley at almost a full run it seemed; very impressive.

We headed over to the campground. We saw a few guests, took a short snack break and then headed back. Several CDTers make the wrong turn coming out of this camp and have to backtrack. You have to go back across the bridge to line up with the CDT. The park should maybe consider putting signage there.

Everyone talks about that hill climbing out but we seemed to do just fine with it for some reason. Of course, we didn't have our overnite packs. I started eating thimbleberries on the way up so maybe that's why the up didn't seem too bad. I did that with Wendy when we were going up to Brown's Pass; we berried our way up.

I'd say we encountered maybe ten hikers or so on this part. When we got back on top, the lot was pretty full still as is per normal at this park.

On our way back to St Mary we got caught in a bear jam, ranger was there too and a couple people were on the side of the road watching the activity. I had a pretty decent angle but still had to use almost full zoom. I did get some good pics and a few movies before the jam moved. We got a real good look at how a grizzly eats the huckleberries off the bush and you can kind of see that in the video.

We stopped at St Mary's Park Cafe that hasn't had a good reputation of late but we had a wonderful meal. I had a grilled cheese and bison chili followed by the best huckleberry pie I think I've ever had AND huckleberry ice cream. Technically, my trip could be considered complete now :lol: . Our next stop would be the Beaver Pond Loop I last did as a ranger-guided trip in early July 2013 after the 100th Romain Homestead Family Reunion.


1) video from the hike [ youtube video ]
2) short Huckleberry Grizzly Bear video [ youtube video ] if you don't want to watch the video from the hike

Here are the videos for the drive in on Going to the Sun Road the previous day. The weather was much better, though it was smoky:
McDonald Lake to Logan Pass [ youtube video ]
Logan Pass to St Mary [ youtube video ]
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Beaver Pond Loop GNPNorth Central, MT
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Hiking3.56 Miles 458 AEG
Hiking3.56 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.11 mph
458 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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This was our second hike for the day and we hoped the weather would hold out. I last did this hike in July 2013 after the Romain Homestead 100th Reunion. I did it as a ranger-guided hike since I was by myself. However, the last 1/2 I lagged behind and more or less hiked on my own and somehow I managed to have a 3 part video. There were lots of wildflowers and the topography was very interesting.

Anyway, after our wonderful lunch at the Park Cafe in St Mary, we drove up to a packed parking lot. This is also the TH for Red Eagle Lake. The first stop is the Ranger Office/Cabin and Barn built in 1913. They are impressive structures I think. And then it's up through the thimbleberry and Cow's Parsnips to the forest, much of it dead. For the rest of this part of the hike heading west, you head in and out of various kinds of forests and into and out of meadows with expansive views to the west and north.

We had heard from some other hikers that there was a moose at the pond but we never saw it. However, we did see some bear scat which there would be no shortage of during all of our hiking. The wind was also blowing and in one area where the aspen were growing pretty nicely now, it created an eerie sound.

The meadows weren't as full of flowers as it is in early summer altho there was still some flowers that were blooming and others getting ready for fall. We came upon the pond. It still has that one dead big tree on its side that I saw in 2013. I couldn't see any beaver activity or remnants of such. We decided to hike along the use trail next to the pond as we proceeded west.

Eventually the trail wraps around the west side and meets up with the trail to Red Eagle Lake (a place I'd like to go on a backpack, it's about 7 miles from here) and the old road that goes toward Red Eagle Lake. We did encounter some hikers here but they didn't seem too sure about the hike they were doing so we told them to stay on the Loop and that the mileage is off by about .75.

Eventually you get closer to St Mary Lake and you can somewhat see it through the now burned trees leftover from the 2006 Red Eagle Fire that burned 34,000 or so acres. There is also a long patch of thimbleberry with some fireweed here and there. You eventually come closer to the lake and you can walk out to it for a closer view but it was starting to get chilly so we continued on to the TH.

There were other people there with their dogs so this must be an area you can have your dogs with you. The lot was still pretty full. One thing of note, it is best to hike it clockwise, mostly because the views are so much better.

We had dinner at St Mary Lodge where we would be staying the nite in a very small room. However, this room was much better than the tents we would have been sleeping in as the storm came in around 7 and stayed for most of the nite and into the AM. I should note here that finding breakfast on the east side was a challenge as there was only one place open besides a coffee truck. Fortunately the place open was the St Mary Deli, they had a great huckleberry yogurt parfait.

Here is a two part video from our hike:
[ youtube video ]
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Meadowlark Lane at Big Arm 2, MT 
Meadowlark Lane at Big Arm 2, MT
 
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Hiking3.35 Miles 206 AEG
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Since the boat wouldn't start, Plan B was another hike of Meadowlark Lane with Debbie except that we would take the upper route back. It was a nice day. Debbie filled me in all the neighborhood history and gossip as we walked down the lane. We walked to the Big Arm/Flathead Lake Campground's other side and then did a u-turn to catch the upper trail.

This trail more or less takes you through the woods so there really wasn't a lot to see. Of course, hiking with Debbie I probably didn't notice the landscape as much since we were busy chatting :) . Still catching up on all those years since high school. Anyway, this is a nice alternate to change it up a bit. As we got back near her place she ran into people she knew. We hit the Rainier Cherry tree for a bit before heading back down to her place where we met her neighbor who had just come back from a camping trip in her new camper RV. She is a part-timer at Big Arm.

I was glad to get another little hike under my belt in prep for Glacier. Thankfully, Debbie likes to hike as well.

WATCH: 3.37 miles with avg bpm 108 and high of 136 with 35% at level 3 and 62% at level 2 burning 354 calories using 7138 steps. Starting temp 71.5 and 58% humidity, finishing at noon.
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Meadowlark Lane at Big Arm, MT 
Meadowlark Lane at Big Arm, MT
 
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Hiking3.60 Miles 202 AEG
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Debbie had to go to her workout so I decided to do the Lane Walk to the Big Arm campground area. Needless to say, this is a much more beautiful "hood walk" than my place.

I walked up the long driveway from her property to hook up with Meadowlark Lane. I turned the corner and headed east altho it felt south. Almost immediately there is a cherry and apple orchard on my right and a deer on a grass lawn on my left and this hike has only started :) . It was still smoky this day so my views down to the lake were slightly obscured.

Almost all of these lake front properties are rather substantial and quite a few of cherry orchards or beautifully landscaped large yards. The homes are pretty nice too. Fortunately, you eventually get away from the sound of the highway that passes by here and is more busy due to the closure of Hiwy 35 because of the Finley Point Fire (Boulder 2700 Fire). I passed by one orchard where a fellow was mowing the lawn between the trees.

There were a few substantial homes that weren't lakeside but had pretty good views and here I encountered another deer by this barn looking house. There was also an old boat filled with a flower garden which I thot was really cool! Down a little ways was a chicken fenced garden that had little decorations. It was really cute. I gradually approached the campground area for Big Arm/Flathead State Park but this is the closed side so you go thru an opening in the fence and continue. The campground was fairly busy. I ended up turning around at the Yurts; there were three of them. There is a little beach here but it's so hazy, it's not worth staying long unless you plan to take a dip. Normally you can see Wild Horse Island from here.

On the way back I encountered some magpies scampering about and making a lot of noise as they normally do. There was this one house that was decorated in signage. Up from there on the other side of the road was another orchard and I saw a little Iris garden as well. This one property had 5 lights that were set to shine through some sort of plastic thru the address numbers engraved in a boulder. Even the garbage cans were unique as they are made to keep out the bears.

On the lake I could see a sailboat so I took a picture which was pretty clear considering the smoke. There are lots of fabulous trees but my eye was on the cherry trees. There was a rainier cherry tree and that was the one I stopped at for a few minutes to imbibe :D . I stopped to admire my friend's apple trees for which she had a bountiful harvest last year. Looks like there will be more of the same this year. I should see if the apples can last long enough to bring some down here.

Also spotted on this hike was a Kokopelli and a Vulture. Anyway, if you want to see all of this you can watch the video which has additional pictures than the ones I posted. [ youtube video ] The video includes our evening at Lake Mary Ronan where we had a beer tasting contest as well. And, before that, of course, I had to have another Huckleberry Mule.


WATCH: 3.55 miles, avg bpm 120 with a high of 141. (22% in Zone 4, 73% in Zone 3 aerobic) burning 425 calories (avg cadence 117, max 138) Starting temp 73.3 and 50% humidity finishing at 12:22PM
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Wild Horse Island Flathead Lake, MT 
Wild Horse Island Flathead Lake, MT
 
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Hiking3.33 Miles 678 AEG
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And so it begins. I drove about 1250 miles in two days with an overnight stop at Springville UT (same place where I stopped with my brother in May 2016, it's about 1/2 way). The weather was ever changing as I made my way north. I was very nervous about driving 9 1/2 hours or so but with a few stops, including Flagstaff, Navajo Bridge, Jacob's Lake cookies :D and a couple more gas stops to Springville, Day One was okay. Day Two involved some of the same with two great stops at very nice Rest Areas.
Of course, the traffic thru SLC was dreadful and got especially scary in the area where they're doing freeway work and you all of a sudden find yourself in a lane sectioned off from the main road in a torrential rain and wonder if you got off an exit only to find out you were fine, Whew! It got really smoky as I got near Montana. I would learn that there were nearly 700,000 acres burning; a normal year is 70,000. This smoke would dog me for almost the whole trip in Montana.

I don't recall ever driving I-90 out of Butte toward Missoula before. I stopped at Deer Lodge for fuel and found some awesome huckleberry beer and chocolate bar. The last time I was in Deer Lodge (the state pen) was in 1979 when I got to interview the warden while I was in the employ of the Montana Legislature, forty years ago. The weather continued to be tenuous until I got to Missoula and it cleared, other than the smoke.
On the 93 north I was on the lookout for a stop to get that huckleberry ice cream I had seen billboards for and I found it near St Ignatius. I had a milkshake :) . Along the rest of my route I saw one of the largest herd of horses I have ever seen, it was a spectacular site. I pulled into my friend's driveway at around 5:30 and the odometer was almost 1250 miles. She had some old high school friends from Havre coming by for dinner.


The next day we headed for Wild Horse Island which is surrounded by water so it's via boat, kayak or swimming that you can get there. It was very smoky as we departed. We boated by 342 acre Cromwell Island where there was a large $25-million, fortress-style mansion. Wild Horse Island was across from it and we boated to the east side to Skeeko Bay where we slid into shore and tied up the boat, no docks here.

I've always wondered about Wild Horse Island ever since I first started coming to Flathead Lake back in the late 60s so it seemed surreal that I was here and actually hiking on the island. There is some signage here including a dedication sign to Jean Turnage who I knew from my days at the Montana State Legislature. He was one year older than my dad and died in the same year. Anyway, he apparently was part of the establishment of public access to the island.

We hit the pit toilet first and then headed on the trail with no particular objective in mind. You immediately start hiking through old growth Ponderosa pine forest on the largest island in Flathead Lake. 2,160 acre Wild Horse Island has been a landmark since the Kootenai Indians were reported to have used it to pasture horses to keep them from being stolen by other tribes. Now there are various limited wildlife including Big Horn sheep, deer and wild horses as well as eagles and osprey.

We walked by some old homestead buildings and headed south up the hill. This was through a more open area of the island with sweeping plains and done alpine balsam root that must be so awesome when it's blooming. Once we got to the top of one of the larger hills, where apparently they had added a couple switchbacks, we could barely see the views in the distance. As I told Debbie, at least these are unique conditions to hike in but I do look forward to coming back when I can see the surrounding lake and mountains.

There was a trail that went to the SW and we thot maybe that might be a loop down and around to join up with a trail below but after going down a good part of it, we discovered that wasn't the case. Over on the other big hill there appeared to be a use trail but it went straight up so we passed on that. For a pretty sizable island, there is not much in the way of official trails, however, they are marked somewhat. We headed back down the way we came and hiked NW to a couple corral areas where I enjoyed the few deer on the island and then we went over to the old corral where they will bring the animals from time to time.

We headed back up the hill and past the homestead shacks before heading back to the Bay. Debbie visited with a few of the people there and we watched some osprey high up in the trees and also saw a mom and her two fawns come to the lake for a drink. Another family was swimming in the Bay; that water's pretty cold so I passed on that. Surprisingly, the only trails are on this north side of the island so

We got back in the boat and headed toward Dayton before coming back past Cromwell Island and back to Big Arm. All I can say is it's a good thing she knew where she was going as the smoke was so thick you could hardly see the shoreline. Other than the smoke, it really was a great outing and if you get the chance, head out to the Island. I think there are places to rent kayaks too.. but for that matter, Debbie has extra kayaks so if you're heading up there, let me know and I'll hook you up.

That evening we headed over to Lake Mary Ronan where I had never been. We hooked up again with the former Havre residents, the Hendersons, and I think I was starting to finally remember Lori who I went to two years of high school with. I guess I should dig out the annuals. Do they still do high school annuals?

Here are some videos:

The drive to Montana 4:30 - [ youtube video ]
Wild Horse Island boat ride and hike - [ youtube video ] and [ youtube video ]
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Picture Canyon Loop clockwise, AZ 
Picture Canyon Loop clockwise, AZ
 
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Hiking3.79 Miles 309 AEG
Hiking3.79 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   2.99 mph
309 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Written 8-27-201, hiked 7-30-2021 This would be my last hike before heading to Montana on August 1st. Ya, I know, I know, I already did this yesterday but I needed to get home to pack. And I at least did it in the other direction and I did go faster. I didn't take any movies other than at the waterfall.

It was a pretty day but the humidity was high. It's a pretty hike this way too so I don't know that it makes a difference which way you go on this one as you still have the usual stops. I do think next time I will try some of the other trails as one of them looks like it goes along the Rio on the north side before you cross the bridge if you're heading southish.

Nothing out of the ordinary with the usual slate of wildflowers that I shot yesterday. Maybe saw 1/2 dozen people along the way. I think this would be a fun loop to do in winter with snow. Somehow it's less miles and AEG this way.... Here is a 3 minute video (mostly pics except for the waterfalls are movies) [ youtube video ]

This loop is mostly the Tom Moody Loop. If some of you writers of hiking guides are in the mood, this would be a good area to do about 3 or 4 guides for the various trails here.

Now, drive home, pack, go to one last gym class and start the 1250 mile drive north to Montana. The anticipation has been killing me, ha!

WATCH: 3.73 miles 124 avg bpm, 146 max (9% at level 5, 40% at level 4, 44% at level 3 and 5% at level 2) burning 496 calories. Starting temp 59 and 84% humidity :o finishing at 8:45AM
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Fatmans Loop Trail #25Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking2.77 Miles 638 AEG
Hiking2.77 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   1.93 mph
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Writing this on 8-26-2021 but did the hike Counterclockwise on July 29. I did this loop clockwise in August 2020. This was part of my prep hiking before my foray at Glacier Park. I was staying at a KOA cabin so after their rather lousy breakfast, I gathered my backpack and headed up the trail. I don't remember the hike that well now and actually had to watch my video to refresh my memory [ youtube video ] . This would be my first hike of two this day.

I headed out from the KOA, it was slightly humid and mostly sunny. I missed the turn to the north as I thot it was further along the trail as I headed west. Once I got on the trail heading north I enjoyed the high desert greenery including trees and Apache Plume bushes with occasional mixes of colorful flora. Some of the trees have such great shapes and trunks.

As I got a little higher I passed through the Fatman's part of the hike and enjoyed viewing various other rock formations. I think I only saw two other hikers or so on this back side as I made my way to the area where you eventually head south and up. When there was shade or the sun was filtered, it wasn't too bad out. I seem to recall I did pretty good with this little climb.

There were several lizards and I had my zoom engaged to try and finally get a photo of a lizard that wanted to be a youtube star. Most of the other lizards didn't want to be bothered. The views are nice as you get a little higher. The moon was still shining above me and I actually got a decent picture of it.

As I made my way down that south side I start encountering a few more hikers. As I recall, most said hello. This time as I headed east I took the actual KOA trail by the sign. There are a couple little trails in this area.

WATCH: 2.67 miles. 141 avg bpm, 163 max (55% at max Level 5, 37% at anaerobic, 8% at aerobic burning 640 calories). Starting temp 69.8 and 55% humidity ending at 9:54AM
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