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Apr 13 2021
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ 
Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2021
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Hiking7.88 Miles 492 AEG
Hiking7.88 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   3.22 mph
492 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to do another owl check before I head out of town. And, of course, the temps would cool here and will be chilly at Morro Bay, CA. I hate that when I go out of town during nice desert hiking temps!

Anyway, I proceeded with my mission with a nice small breeze blowing. I didn't realize there was a rabbit crossing until all of a sudden I saw THREE rabbits (saw a rabbit last week too). Two made it across the trail while the other stayed on the south side. I grabbed my camera and used my baby talk voice to hopefully soothe them from proceeding out of photo range. I was able to get a couple pics and eventually the third rabbit joined them. I don't think I've ever seen three rabbits together when I've been out hiking so I was pretty excited. (I know, it takes so little anymore).

I did see a low flying bird as I made my way to the first owl nest but I couldn't tell if it was an owl or not. I arrived at the first nest and the little ones were home but seem to have sunk lower in their nest so I wasn't able to get a great photo of them. Per the last three visits, mom was away.

Continuing on to the next nest about 3/4 mile from there, as I approached, it looked like I could see white feathers in front of momma owl. I zoomed and thot I saw four eyes belonging to two owlets. I circled the saguaro trying to get a decent angle but wasn't too successful. However, when I got home, the photo showed the two little ones. So her eggs hatched late based on the two other owl nests I've been visiting. I bid my adieu and headed back on the trail.

I did get a photo of a gila woodpecker. As I get on the southern part of the Esplanade Trail I heard the gun shots so there must be some sort of shooting range in the area (sounds like it's coming from the SE). There is an annoying helicopter that must be in training as it flies circles in the same general area. I've heard those sounds the last three times I've hiked here. I also noticed the chopper when I was on the east side of the south Phoenix Sonoran Preserve.

So I finished my hike with a clockwise loop up and around Apache Vista Peak and as always this is where I encounter all of the hikers I will see. I only saw 4 bike riders on the Esplanade.

WATCH: 7.65 miles, 121 avg bpm 154 max. 8.5% Zone 5, 22% Zone 4, 59% Zone 3, 10% Zone 4 burning 888 calories. Temp at start 62.5 and 31% humidity finishing at 9:56AM.

And tomorrow I take off for Morro Bay for a twice delayed AZ Highways Photo Workshop. I'm looking forward to seeing this area as my parents lived here for the first 3 months of their marriage while my dad was finishing off his time at Camp Roberts near San Luis Obispo in 1953. Camp Roberts doesn't exist anymore. Interestingly my dad's older brother and Best Man also served at Camp Roberts during WWII. Anyway, the house they rented is still there, though it's been renovated, so I'm hoping to go by there as it's right next to Morro Bay State Park.
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Apr 11 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2021
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Hiking3.12 Miles 14 AEG
Hiking3.12 Miles      54 Mns   3.47 mph
14 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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I had intended to go for a hike out at the Preserve this AM but didn't get to sleep until late so couldn't drag myself out; plus I've been hiking or going to the gym everyday now for the last two weeks so I used that as an additional excuse not to head out on the local trails and did a 'hood walk instead (clockwise).

Interesting smells today between the cooking and flora. Wore my Keen sandals instead of Crocs and I actually got one of my miles in below 17 mins at 16:38. I took pics of some of the blooming flora; makes up for the lack of flora out on my hikes😉. I picked up my mail including my new driver's license; sure preferred the old one with the best picture I've ever had for a license.

WATCH: 109 avg bpm, 127 max. 63% at Zone 3, 31% Zone 2, 4% low intensity. Burned 281 calories taking 6552 steps. Avg cadence 121, max 133. Temp at start 82.3 degrees and 11% humidity finishing at 11:28AM.
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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.
Apr 09 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2021
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Hiking4.81 Miles 791 AEG
Hiking4.81 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   3.01 mph
791 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
Partners none no partners
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I really only chose this trail so as to visit the owls again. Not much action with the owls, so I continued up the trail and went clockwise. No breeze for most of the hike and the lizards didn't really come out until the last 1/2 of the hike. I ran into a little over a dozen hikers and a few bike riders, most replied back to my "good morning". Stopped to get some more owl photos on the way back down to the TH. And per usual, some long lens cameras were being held by others trying to get photos.

WATCH: 4.73 miles 133 avg bpm 134 max. Those figures don't seem right. 100% in Zone 4 Anaerobic (find it hard to believe I stayed in the same zone for the whole hike) burning 558 calories. Temp at start 62.5 and 24% humidity finishing at 9:15AM. Temp seemed warmer than that.

Yesterday I got an additional permit for my Glacier trip so instead of hiking straight down from Sperry Chalet we will backpack down for a two-nite stay at Gunsight Lake campsite (and maybe a side trip to Jackson Glacier). While at Sperry we are participating in the guided trip to Sperry Glacier. Anyway, that's pretty good to go two for two on lottery permits. So we'll have a long trek at Glacier from Aug 5 thru the 16th.
Fauna
Fauna
Great Horned Owl
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Apr 07 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Union Peak Loop plus, AZ 
Union Peak Loop plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2021
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Hiking7.49 Miles 1,097 AEG
Hiking7.49 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.96 mph
1,097 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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continuing on my owl check-up I decided to hike in the Phoenix Sonoran South Preserve. I headed up the Hawk's Nest Trail and caught some photos of two owlets and their mom, and then finally the third raised up so I got the family portrait. There were two other photographers there as well as a few other bystanders.

I could have stayed longer as I also took some movies but I still needed to get my hike in before it warmed up. So I headed up the hill and turned east to hook up with the Valle Vista Trail, Cactus Wren, Great Horned and then UP. Kept my eye out for snakes as it's certainly the season. As I was on the side of Union the lizards really came out and I actually got a few pics. I also saw a couple small patches of Stinknet :( . I got up the peak pretty well and then came right back down and headed to the TH via Great Horned, Valle Vista and Desert Tortoise. At the junction with the Hawk's Nest Trail I went back up to check out the owls again and got a few pictures and a great movie of the eldest moving around in the nest.

I saw lots of lizards today, 2 blooming hedgehogs and some blooming creosote. I also saw several Desert Senna along the Cactus Wren Trail. I'm thinking I may have seen a dozen bikers and dozen hikers which isn't that many for this area. Altho I don't think many hike that northeast section of the Preserve.

Here is the 3 minute owl video that includes some more pictures of the owls. The end clip is rather interesting as the older owlet attempts to reposition.
[ youtube video ] Oh, the music I picked is called "Learn to Fly" but it was purely by accident that was the title.
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Wildflowers Observation None
desert senna, creosote
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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Apr 06 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ 
Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2021
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Hiking7.80 Miles 631 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   3.21 mph
631 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Wanted to get back out to see the owl situation. It was a pleasant morning as I progressed on the Esplanade Trail. The first saguaro on the Esplanade is a mile. I did see a bunny rabbit that posed for a short moment to let me take its photo and admire its purdy ears. It seemed a couple times lizards and birds were crossing the trail before me. Soon I arrived at the first nest and focused my camera on the bigger owlet and was able to work my way around to the other side to get a reasonable photo of them both. Mom was not home. I looked around but saw no other owls.

I headed up the trail to the next nest and momma was home but not facing me so I had to go around the other side of the saguaro and snap some photos. No evidence of babies. I headed back and at the other nest were a couple bike riders who let me know momma wasn't home yesterday morning either. I caught a few more photos and then headed back to the TH. The creosote was blooming prolifically and so pretty :) . During this part of the route I saw no hikers and about 1/2 dozen bike riders.

I had gone a little over 5 miles and finished off my hike by doing a counter-clockwise loop on Sidewinder and up to Apache Vista and down and around the west side. I felt pretty good and the occasional breeze made it very nice for me. I noticed 3 blooming hedgehogs; only one of them was photo worthy but too hard to get to. Even on this part of the hike I saw only a couple bike riders and hikers.

First hike without my wrist brace. I could definitely feel the stiffness in my wrist more and it seemed to swell which was a bit of a bother to my wrist. I tried to exercise it off and on throughout the hike. My watch had a hiccup so I only have what it auto-recorded which included a temp of 71.5 and 20% humidity at around 8AM. It recorded 4 different auto Walking sessions for a total of 7.4 miles and a burn of 674 calories. The last temp recording was around 10AM of 75.1 degrees and 16% humidity finishing at 10:39AM.

When I got home I had an email from Glacier Park Backcountry Permit office awarding me one of the more leisurely paced of the permits we requested :y: , this one is doing the Pitamakan-Dawson Loop at Two Medicine. I've hiked part of it. Now hopefully my Canadian friend can still participate as the border situation is still a little tricky, even though she has dual citizenship.
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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Apr 04 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2021
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Hiking3.01 Miles 486 AEG
Hiking3.01 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   3.06 mph
486 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Going to cousin Connie's for Easter dinner so need to earn the calories to eat. If you've ever eaten at my cousin's, you would understand as cooking is her passion. Anyway, I parked on the hill below the TH and the hill already had quite a few cars parked. I would encounter almost a couple dozen hikers.

I hiked up the little hill and did the loop counterclockwise. It was nice to hike in the shade of the western humps. There was a breeze off and on so that was nice. I shot, I mean, photographed a hummingbird at the western saddle before finishing off the loop. Everybody was mostly nice today. The lot was full as I hiked back down to Tonto 3.

The roses in the yard had really sprouted a lot more blooms since Thursday's hike so I had to indulge myself and photograph and smell them. HAPPY 🐰🐣🐥EASTER everyone!

WATCH: 2.94 miles starting at 66.1 degrees and 26% humidity. 137 avg bpm, 177 max. 41% at maximum, 41% in zone 4, 18% zone 3 burning 411 calories finishing at 8:42AM
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Wildflowers Observation None
faded Fiddleneck, one blooming hedgehog, lots of creosote still blooming
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Apr 02 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2021
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Hiking2.46 Miles 12 AEG
Hiking2.46 Miles      43 Mns   3.43 mph
12 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Went to Muscle class this AM for the first time at Mountainside Fitness since I last attended in Oct 2020. Interesting class with basically no cardio; thus a little 'hood walk was in order to burn a few more calories.

around dusk so it wasn't too warm at 86 degrees and 12% humidity. Avg bpm 115, max 133 with almost all of it at Zone 3, Aerobic burning 233 calories. 5236 steps with avg cadence of 119, max 159. Finishing at 7:34PM in the dark.
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Apr 01 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2021
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Hiking2.92 Miles 439 AEG
Hiking2.92 Miles   1 Hour      3.07 mph
439 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Decided to do a hike this AM since nothing was on the schedule except doing laundry.

Clockwise with a slight breeze. Saw a couple lizards and about ten hikers. A little warm on the south side. A few brittlebush are blooming and a lot of creosote blooming plus smells great! Saw one blooming hedgehog.

Could see dust in the air toward the distant views. Decided to hike down the hill below the trailhead lot and check out some roses at one of the 'hood houses; they smelled great. It's about the only flora we'll see this year it seems. Some fun cloud formations at the end of the hike.

WATCH: 2.84 miles. 133 avg bpm, 163 high. 32% max, 40% zone 4, 28% zone 3 burning 399 calories. 80.5 temp and 8% humidity at start, finishing at 11:03AM
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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 30 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ 
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2021
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Hiking5.33 Miles 164 AEG
Hiking5.33 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.67 mph
164 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View

Delayed report as I got stuck in a genealogy research quest. Kelly and I were out on the 29th looking for the owls and were so busy talking I missed the first nest so decided to go back the next day. Greg came along so I knew I wouldn't miss it.

It was a very nice morning as we made our way NE toward the nests. We stopped at both to gather a few photos. Since we didn't get to see the little ones that are somewhere in those nests, I'll be making another trip back; besides, it's a pretty hike.

On the way back we noticed some Christmas cholla lining a very narrow drainage that was slicing through the desert floor. I thot that was very interesting. And then I noticed this huge cholla that I thot was an extra large Christmas cholla but after much discussion and comparison and researching when I came home, I discovered it was an Arizona Pencil Cholla that has been previously IDed in this area by Bradshaws.

We made our way back to the TH into a bit of a breeze so that was nice. We saw about 3/4 dozen bike riders and only one other hiker on the Esplanade. The trail is in nice condition; almost perfect for trail runners and bike riders.

I got to finish the morning with a visit to the LosDosSloFolks home and catch up with Cathy and meet their resident 'wallas. It was good to see Cathy and talk with her. On top of that, since she lost so much weight, I got two very nice pair of Eddie Bauer hiking pants :)

Thanks for coming along on the hike and for the visit at your home after.
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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 29 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Sonoran Preserve Loop, AZ 
Sonoran Preserve Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2021
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Hiking7.88 Miles 359 AEG
Hiking7.88 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   2.99 mph
359 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Finally we were able to get together, altho this was Plan B since Tibberlocks decided it was going to be a warm one today. So we decided to go on an Owl Hunt. We started around 8AM and kept a pretty good pace thru this beautiful part of the desert. And per usual, we got to talking so much we missed the first nest. We did find some Owl Clover that I was pretty excited to see. Kelly thot I had spotted an animal or something per my joy at spotting the clover, ha!

We said our hellos to the owl at the second nest and took some pictures at the second nest but saw no babies. We continued north to the junction with Cliff Walk and checked out the gauging area before heading south. We eventually ended up on Badger Brawl Trail and then to Apache Wash for the rest of our hike back to the TH. This is a great little loop that takes advantage of this extra bountiful desert, despite no rain. The saguaros are always a treat and though there isn't a forest of them they were interesting. We did see a few lizards, some Christmas cholla, and a few blooming hedgehogs along with a few bike riders and helicopters.

I made a bet with Kelly about hiking with her in this area previously. Looks like I'm buying breakfast. The hike was one she had suggested a few years back and I had texted her on Ridgeback BUT she wasn't along.

WATCH: 7.8 miles. 124 avg bpm 145 max. 1.6% Max, 46% zone 4, 48% zone 3, 3.9% zone 2 burning 950 calories. Temp at start 64.3 and 23% humidity. Temp at finish 10:48AM was 78.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
one patch of miniature Owl Clover, a few Christmas Cholla, a few blooming Hedgehogs.
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Mar 28 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2021
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Hiking4.85 Miles 787 AEG
Hiking4.85 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.97 mph
787 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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wanted to get in a little practice hike before my hike with Kelly tomorrow. The parking lot was full at 8:45 and the hike would reflect that with many humans and dogs of all sizes on the trail throughout. There were several photographers with their giant lenses to shoot the owl nest; not sure why those were necessary as I did pretty good with my 30x zoom as I usually do. I stopped to snap a few pictures and heard there were three babies altho I could only see one. It was pretty big though.

I continued on my way UP the last of this hill before continuing counterclockwise on the trail. I heard a loud singing bird but couldn't see it until two other hikers came along and spotted it up higher in the tree. The temp was already warm for me so I guess it's time to switch the sleep schedule following the "early to bed, early to rise" mantra. I'll have to start slowly working on that. I made my way around stepping aside for others and some bikers. I saw a few blooming hedgehogs and by a few, I mean three.

Thot I might have trouble with the last hill because of the warming temp but I did just fine. I stopped by and took a few more snaps of the owl and baby. Still couldn't see all of the little ones. As I finished off the trail there were still others coming up including photographers.

WATCH: 4.74 miles, 131 avg bpm 159 max. 23% Zone 5, 41% Zone 4, 36% Zone 3 burning 664 calories. Temp at start 56.7 and 28% humidity, finish 75 degrees.
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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 27 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2021
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Hiking1.66 Miles 12 AEG
Hiking1.66 Miles      31 Mns   3.21 mph
12 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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127 avg bpm, 156 max. 24% max, 24% Zone 4, 47% Zone 3, 4% the other two zones burning 188 calories. 3899 steps with avg cadence of 123 finishing at 2:37PM. 75.1 degrees and 19% humidity at start.
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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 26 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2021
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Hiking3.52 Miles 573 AEG
Hiking3.52 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   2.97 mph
573 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Counterclockwise starting from the bottom of the hill and crisscrossing the east side of the western humps and back onto the circumference. Windy. 2nd time this week I've had to wear my down vest, 2nd time with no hat and only had to wear sunglasses for a short bit. Really clear day :)! Probably a dozen hikers and a few dogs. Ran into one of the villagers of Grovers and his beautiful german shepherd. Saw a lesser goldfinch couple on the west side and a hummingbird on the east side.

2nd wrist appt: they are fine with my progress even though I feel I've been at a plateau for the last ten days waiting to get thru that last tightness and swelling in my wrist. Afterward got my AZ Travel ID (free cuz I'm old) and Drivers License renewal due last Oct (just involved an eye test, new picture and $25). Just so you know: Made an appt online but still ended up waiting in line ](*,) .

WATCH: 3.45 miles 124 avg bpm 140 high, 3% in Zone 5, 73% Zone 4 and 17% in Zone 3, 3% in Zone 2, 5% in Zone 1 (surprises me). Burn 422 calories. Temp at start 62.5 with 36% humidity and mostly overcast that started to break toward the end.
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Lesser Goldfinch
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
miniature scorpion weed, new and done fiddleneck, some blooming creosote and brittlebush and compass barrel cactus. Do you think there won't be any stinknet? It will be interesting to see.
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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Mar 23 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2021
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Hiking2.55 Miles 371 AEG
Hiking2.55 Miles      48 Mns   3.19 mph
371 ft AEG
 
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had something else in mind for this afternoon but weather forced me to stay close to home. I was dressed in hiking gear and decided to ask Echo, Alexa's cousin, if there was any rain in the forecast. She said, "it's raining now". Well it wasn't raining when I walked upstairs but by gosh, I went downstairs and it had started sprinkling :lol: . Clever girl that Echo. So I waited an hour or so before heading out.

Went clockwise, it was nippy, brisk wind at first, about 1/2 dozen hikers, the guys didn't say hello back.

WATCH: 2.49 miles 128 avg bpm, 143 high. 7% Zone 5, 56% Zone 4 and 37% Zone 3 burning 300 calories. Temp at start 60.7 degrees and 40% humidity (didn't feel that high but I suppose that was because of the breeze).
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
some barrels and creosote are blooming. some Fiddleneck and those little white flower topped stems I call popcorn flowers. a few Brittlebush. Heh, we gotta take what we can get this year. One good thing, no Stinknet!
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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 21 2021
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Preserve Highpoints Super Loop, AZ 
Phoenix Preserve Highpoints Super Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2021
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Hiking9.76 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking9.76 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   3.13 mph
1,350 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Came up with this idea and thanks to @kingsnake trip log for giving me the idea. I wanted to do a longer hike where the trail wasn't too rough and this fit the bill. I thot I could shorten or lengthen it depending on how I felt. Well it was a good day and the temperature and breeze couldn't have been better. Apparently a whole slew of bike riders agreed with me as they were out enmasse and all were polite.

As I first started out I saw a fence I hadn't noticed before. I ran into nearly a dozen hikers as I made the jaunt over to Ridgeback and they were all in a good mood and greeted me accordingly. I got up Ridgeback Trail in good time and at the Overlook, I thot I started to smell a skunk but it was a doper sharing his vapors with nature. I made my way down the backside and encountered more hikers than I normally do on this section.

I got onto the Sidewinder Trail heading west when I ran into a rather large herd of bike riders. I'm guessing about a dozen and they were spread out a bit but once again, all were polite. I made it up the Sidewinder to the point just past the marked fence where last time Mia and I had cut cross country to join up with the Ocotillo. Today, however, I wanted to continue the hike upward and take the official junction with the Ocotillo Trail. It's a gradual up to the top of the mountains. I saw an old road over to the right that actually seems like it comes up the mountain to the top. I spooked up a Roadrunner.

The trail gets you down pretty fast and as I got closer to the junction I thot I heard HAZel but this time it was a real rattlesnake, altho I couldn't find it. A little later along the Ocotillo Trail I saw a bunny rabbit too. I ate some plantain chips along the way rather than stopping. The trail eventually swings east and you're closer to the road. A lot of activity here as there is a picnic area nearby and the sidewalk. As I got nearer the junction with Ridgeback there was bike riders coming from both directions so that got interesting for a bit.

I felt so good I had decided to tackle Apache Vista too. I was surprised how well I was doing as I was able to keep my miles under 20 minutes for the most part. I had exercised everyday this past week and maybe it was paying off; and like I said the temperature and breeze was perfect for me. Of course, now I would run into the throngs of people which does get a little annoying when I've already hiked 8 miles. I got up to the Vista and on this trail, there were a lot of non-hikers hiking.

When I got back to Tonto 3, I even had a little gas left in MY tank; not bad after over 9 miles. I think this is the longest hike I've ever done by my lonesome and without a break. :) Enjoyed my beer and peanuts. Parking lot was full when I came and when I left.

WATCH: 9.59 miles 132 avg bpm, 161 high 23% max, 51% zone 4 anaerobic, 25% zone 3 aerobic (all but two miles under 20 min, one was a 24 and the other 20) burning 1221 calories. Temp at start 60.7 degrees and 24% humidity finishing at 12:27PM.
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miniature versions of poppies, scorpion weed, fiddleneck, a couple trumpets. Some creosote was blooming and maybe 1/2 dozen brittlebush. No stinknet either so far; that's a good thing!
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Mar 18 2021
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Cholla Loop Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.61 Miles 621 AEG
Hiking3.61 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   2.49 mph
621 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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My niece and her friend Jamee wanted to do the Thursday hike, they picked the trail. I was glad it wasn't the Arrowhead Trail as I really didn't want to do that again so soon.

It was funny to hear them lament about the hiking conditions like the rocky trail, the uphills, the heat... sounded like me except I found most of it just fine today, ha! Anyway, I enjoyed the company and hopefully they will want to do this more often. I was glad I had done a longer hike the day before so this 3 1/2 miler seemed sufficient. They are right though, this is a pretty rocky trail and those hills getting up the ridgeline are good for your heart as they say.

We had a beer at Tonto 3 before having lunch at the Black and White Cafe down the road.
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Mar 17 2021
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Sunrise Peak from Adero Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2021
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Hiking7.21 Miles 1,605 AEG
Hiking7.21 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.59 mph
1,605 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Another after-dentist appt hike and this time I got to the right TH; that in and of itself was interesting driving into a new neighborhood. As sad as it is to see this, at least we got a nice TH out of the deal. I had some french fries and milkshake since part of my mouth was numb and it’s the easiest thing to eat. The TH is very nice except for I assume are temporary porta potties.

As I took off I almost missed the Andrews-Kinsey Trail as it is to your left after you pass through the gate. However, it looks like I could have caught it again via the Western Loop. The trail starts off through some marvelous desert flora and the tread itself is unbelievably nice :app: . You start heading up right away and wind around toward the side of the mountains where you will continue on your way for most of this hike. You occasionally see lots of quartz during the initial mile it seems.

The trail follows the contour of the sides of the mountains going in and out and little ups and downs all the way until you get to the Sunrise Trail 3 miles or so later. As I was hiking I was wondering how you get the three miles but these are some long contours. I can imagine that this is so pretty in the spring because in spite of the dry desert now, it still impressed me.

I think about two miles in I looked over toward Fountain Hills and saw the fountain spouting greenish ☘ color water (altho the photos it looks more turquoise). I stopped a couple times to take pictures and movies. It was really quite cool I have to say. The things you see when hiking in the desert! As I got on the southern part of the hike there was this one section that had quite a few Crucifixion Trees. And soon I rounded the corner in view of the hitching post.

I got myself up Sunrise : rambo : , it’s a little over 200 feet in .2 but not bad in light of the climbs I did over at the Phoenix Preserve a couple days ago. I sat for a while at the east end. It was so lovely today. On my way back down I decided to cross over and go down the east side and grab the Sunrise Trail from there. I told a few people on the way up to check out the fountain’s green water when they got a little higher. It took a little longer to get down from there than I thot.

I enjoyed my hike back encountering a few hikers and a bike rider. There was this one section with nice displays of rocks that I hadn’t noticed on the way up but got my attention now. It started to get a little warmer but not bad. It is mostly down with some little ups as you make your way back. It’s cool to be so high up really, at least for me. It’s just too bad about the housing development but maybe when it’s done it won’t bother me as much because right now you can hear all the construction too.

When I got ½ mile from the trailhead these two girls I had seen coming down the west side of Sunrise while I was going up seemed to realize they were not at the 145th St TH where their car was. Tell me, how could you possibly hike nearly 3 miles in the wrong direction in totally different terrain than going directly east to 145th St… ](*,). Anyway, there was another lady hiker they had just started talking with that told them they’ll need to call Lyft to get back to the other TH. They asked her if she was coming back down and could she give them a ride. She kindly agreed to do that. They asked if there was water as they were out. She said she had some in her car.

First video I've taken since I broke my wrist. I hope you like Irish music.
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Hood Walk, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 16 2021
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Hiking1.96 Miles
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had to get the mail. Counterclockwise.

WATCH: Avg bpm 90, max 91 (seems low vs
123, 155 of Mar 9 and
127, 147 from Feb 21 and
111, 122 on Feb 9). Speed wasn't extraordinary either so I wonder if the watch was off.
Burned 174 calories, 4486 steps and avg cadence 127, max 140. 57.1 degrees at start and 28% humidity finishing at 2:39
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Dixie Loop Highpoints, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 14 2021
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Hiking6.01 Miles 1,307 AEG
Hiking6.01 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.75 mph
1,307 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Clockwise and wanted to throw in Western Vista for my elevation. Stopped on the way along the Hawk's Nest Trail to catch some pics of the owl, no babies yet. Was surprised this afternoon how many people were out on the trail throughout my hike. Saw a couple trying to get a drone up south of trail near Cholla Saddle. That Western Vista is a challenging climb at the beginning but the last part is a lot easier. The summit still had tp here and there but at least the human waste was no longer visible. I could see there was a light dusting of snow on the highpoints of the Bradshaws.

As I continued on the Loop I did see a Roadrunner but wasn't able to get a great picture. As I topped out at the saddle and looked east I could see some snowy mountains and took some pics despite the bad visibility. I didn't think I'd have enuf energy to do the other Summit but surprisingly, I did. Plus the temps were so good; how could I not. I forgot that the last part to Dixie Summit is a bit steep. Ran into people coming and going on that one too.

Heading back to the TH I thot I heard an owl but couldn't see anything. Stumbled pretty good but didn't fall, I heard my brain relay, use your left wrist to break the fall :lol:. I did stop to catch a few more pics of the owl and pointed her out to some other hikers (David and Cheryl). They were pleased. They are new to the Valley from Cleveland OH. I told them to go to hikearizona.com for lots of other hiking options but meanwhile, gave them some other loop options in the area. There was a drone flying around as we continued back to the TH.

This is the first time I've done both summits on this Loop so that makes me :D .

WATCH: 5.84 miles. 149 avg bpm, 188 max (surprised at that). 71% at max, 18% at level 4, 10% at level 3 burning 929 calories. 62.5 degrees to start and 38% humidity (a little high for the afternoon). Finished at 4:28PM.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
miniature flowers it seemed: lupine, fiddleneck
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Mar 11 2021
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Apache Vista Double, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 11 2021
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Hiking5.85 Miles 636 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles   1 Hour   44 Mns   3.41 mph
636 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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I went to gym class earlier but wanted to get a hike in since the weather will be iffy tomorrow. I realized when driving here I really had meant to do the other Preserve, but oh well. I got out of Tonto 3 and felt a very cold breeze and said, uh oh. But then the sun came out. I decided to proceed. If it got too cold I could get back fairly quickly.

I tried to keep a decent pace as I started counter-clockwise. I didn't encounter another hiker until I got over on the west side flat area which is pretty amazing. I got up the hill to Apache Vista pretty fast I thot and back down. It would get chilly every once in awhile so I altered my route by going to the Apache Wash west Jctn and then back up to do Apache Vista again. I decided to come back around the west side and go back to the TH after taking a detour to the Ocotillo/Ridgeback Jctn.

The clouds made for a pretty sky. I saw dots of lupine and some fiddleneck. I saw a couple squirrels and stopped to take a picture of a cactus wren. I've been carrying my zoom camera with me. I also saw a hawk and 3 ravens but not within picture range. I only saw one lizard... speaking of lizards, I now know why my yard seems low on them when I saw a local long hair black cat walking on the party wall with a lizard hanging out of its mouth. This cat I also think killed a pigeon as I had to pick up what it didn't eat😝.

Today is the anniversary of the pandemic declaration which reminds me; has anyone forgotten their mask in their dream? I did a couple nites ago; surely a sign that I am good to go now :lol: .

This time my watch and HAZel almost agreed on mileage. WATCH: 5.82 miles, 131 avg bpm 164 max. 17% max, 46% anaerobic, 37% aerobic burning 683 calories finishing at 4:24PM. Temp at start 62.5 and 27% humidity.
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