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Jul 26 2020
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2020
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Hiking2.27 Miles 344 AEG
Hiking2.27 Miles      48 Mns   2.84 mph
344 ft AEG
 
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HTB: 37, 87, once in awhile a little (as usual on the east side and hiking to the west). Clockwise 6:52AM start. Quite a few people out on the east side. An older lady wore a top without a bra; I don't think she realized that top requires a bra as there is no bra built in. And she was busty.

A couple lizards, seemed like a lot of birds but since I've never hiked in the city this late in the summer, maybe that's normal for this time of year.

With no breeze and I forgot my hat, I cut the hike short.

Also did two 'hood walks last week.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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Jul 19 2020
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64 female
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout west twice and around, AZ 
Lookout west twice and around, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2020
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Hiking3.52 Miles 571 AEG
Hiking3.52 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   2.51 mph
571 ft AEG
 
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6:45AM start - 93 degrees 25% humidity - a filtered sun once in awhile, hot on the south side. However, today, vs last weekend there was the b word "BREEZE", though slight. It just makes a big difference for me. And per usual, the east side of the hike provides that when I need it most on a counter-clockwise hike. Last mile was a little tough as the heat started to get to me a little. I know, I'm a wimp. I did do two of my Hood Walks this past week, one of them at 107 but humidity was only 13% and of course, no AEG.

I was moving at a little slower pace trying to fight the heat. Not many people out this AM. and you know what, I don't think I saw even one lizard. Saw virga to the NW. (Sciatica (at least that's what I think it is), has been acting up above outer right knee on most all of my real hikes; annoying!)

I continue to break my record of latest city hike of the summer. At least I get the reward of a frozen cappuccino and High Chaparral (it's nice to see our desert) when I get home. Finally found my westerns via my Philo app on our streaming tv system that carries the INSP channel.

The 27th is less than ten days a way. Will the gyms re-open? I think if the numbers don't come down, they will remain closed. Did I tell you I HATE working out at home yet :pout:
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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Jul 12 2020
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2020
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Hiking2.26 Miles 325 AEG
Hiking2.26 Miles      54 Mns   2.51 mph
325 ft AEG
 
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clockwise, parked in lot. 6:30AM start, 96 degrees, 30% humidity. Quite a few hikers and a few dogs, lots of lizards and birds on the ground.

Didn't quite finish. Sorry Kelly, that was rough out there. Cut it short. If there had been a breeze....
I had to do something today as I did nothing but laundry and dishes yesterday; and that's certainly not enough exercise. Oh ya, and I got a side gusher leak in my irrigation PVC (so I dug out the area around it for Mia's garden guy to come fix). It's a good thing I wrote about it here as I had to go and turn off the two other zones I was running starting at 7:45AM, it's 9:00AM now; needless to say, those plants got a solid soaking. I'll have to remember to tell Alexa so she can remind me to turn it off. It's usually on a timer but I don't know how to turn off just zone 2 which I'll have to hand water that area.

Answer to Joe's trip report, "So I've been eating my favorite seasonal cherries on the way up." Rainiers? I buy some every time I go to the store. I love them and they only seem to be out for about 4-6 weeks. Last year they didn't seem to be out that long. And how you do 5 Piestewa's is so beyond my comprehension when I can't even do one Lookout circumference so kudos and to all of you that can hike in those conditions; it's sure not fun in my opinion :lol:
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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.
Jul 07 2020
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2020
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Hiking1.39 Miles 13 AEG
Hiking1.39 Miles      25 Mns   3.34 mph
13 ft AEG
 
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7-7-2020 Thot I would give it a try to see if I could do this in 108 degree heat or so. That lower humidity does make a difference; it was in the mid-teens. I started at 7:54PM Yes, it is doable and it wasn't as bad as I thot it might be. It's better than nothing. This combined with my home weight workout, crunches and knee push-ups or planks are my ritual until the Governor sets us free again.

This evening's Hood Walk is pre-trash eve; decided walking down the middle of the road worked best to avoid occasional strong smells. 2 1/2 laps.

I won't publicly post these again; but just thot it would be fun for the record. Hopefully I can keep doing these but when the monsoon hits and that humidity rides in; I fear I won't be able to do these anymore either. Hopefully the clubs will be back open by then.
I had a fast walk a few weeks ago altho it could be an anomoly. HAZel makes it seem more legit with the animal sounds; especially the friendly rattlesnake :lol:

2020-06-30 Hood Walk AZ Hiking 26m 1.54 mi 14 ft 3.55
2020-06-17 Hood walk AZ Hiking 26m 1.45 mi 11 ft 3.35
2020-06-09 Hood walk AZ Hiking 26m 1.47 mi 20 ft 3.39
2020-06-05 Hood walk AZ Hiking 22m 1.18 mi 11 ft 3.37
2020-06-02 Hood Walk AZ Hiking 22m 1.23 mi 8 ft 3.35
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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.
Jul 04 2020
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2020
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Hiking2.93 Miles 497 AEG
Hiking2.93 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.70 mph
497 ft AEG
 
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Based on morning humidity; today won out over yesterday morning. At 6:45AM it was around 86 and mid 30s humidity. Needless to say, I wasn't speedy.

More trash than I've ever seen. 5 empty water bottles, 1 solo cup and various bags for the poop fairy.

About a dozen hikers or so.

There were some nice spots of shade as I hiked clockwise. I survived so I now know I can do this little hike in higher temps and humidity. I don't necessarily enjoy it but it's doable until they re-open the gyms. Kudos to Mountainside Fitness (not my club) for trying to plead our case; they got cojones.
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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.
Jul 02 2020
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve North Highpoints Loop, AZ 
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve North Highpoints Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2020
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Hiking5.62 Miles 952 AEG
Hiking5.62 Miles   2 Hrs      2.88 mph
952 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
I took this day off instead of Monday since Governor Ducey decided our health club/gyms were somehow responsible for the increase in Covid cases. I had planned my extra day off around the holiday to accommodate a gym class I like that I can't normally take because it's on week day mornings. I don't know why the Governor thot closing the gym would help his cause and I was quite disappointed. In fact, for the first time in three decades, I actually wrote an elected official and it went something like this:
all 3 gyms of the Esporta/LA Fitness system I use are closed. Why? We have followed all of the guidelines to a tee in all of those health clubs. We wear masks, we keep our distance, we clean our hands, we clean our equipment; we don't use the mats in class, we stay within our circles in class, we clean our weights....
it doesn't make any sense that they would close the gyms. I have been working out for twenty years (I'm almost 65) and this is so devastating to me that I actually went home and cried.
I don't understand the logic of closing our gyms.
The response so far
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:SB: As it is, the gyms have been maybe 1/3rd full, if that. Every other machine can't be used. There are people running around and cleaning all the time. There is sanitizer everywhere.
Of course, they don't know I workout so that I can keep up what little hiking prowess I have. When the gyms were closed earlier I could at least get out and hike in the afternoons, now I can't and that's what makes me a little angrier than normal :stop: .

I had to switch my Monday off for today as at least the temps would be tolerable for a very early morning (well at least for me) hike. I was on the trail around 6:15AM. Not too many cars at the lot. Route Scout and Kemosabe were not getting along thus no route and a guess at the time. I wasn't feeling it and feared I would only complete 1/2 of my planned hike but per usual I finished the whole thing. The humidity and temps were a little higher than I hoped. Probably saw 20 hikers and 7 bikers, three of them couldn't muster a hello.

The trail really is nice and the hills have such a great grade to make them so nice for hikers like me. The views were far and wide as the lizards danced on and off and over the trail today. I did see a bunny at the start. There was about 15 minutes of filtered sun so that was really pleasant.

I'll try and get a little hike in tomorrow morning. It will be interesting to see if I can do my after 7PM 'hood walks when the temps warm up. Todd should be happy I don't make those public as even with those, I usually have something to say like on Tue; not a good time to do the 'hood walk when the trash🦨 is out for Wed AM pickup. So I think I'll change that to Wed after 7PM.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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Jun 28 2020
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2020
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Hiking3.91 Miles 627 AEG
Hiking3.91 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   2.86 mph
627 ft AEG
 
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Parking lot was full. Parked down the hill. When I finished the parking lot was almost empty.

Started 7AMish, about 86ish. 99% on hellos. One gal put up her mask both times.
The breeze made this counter-clockwise hike a pleasant journey. I did the shaded western side twice before continuing to finish the loop. No rabbits. Lots of birds and a few lizards. About two dozen hikers, a few dogs including a little husky dog that I stopped to pet (this is a rare occurrence for me).

With the breeze today, I could have done the longer hike at Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, oh well.

I've posted some pics from FB of fire action and our own Paul Hubbard posted a couple very cool videos. I don't know if you can access them as a non FB member. They are ash winddevils.

https://www.facebook.com/paul.hubbard.9 ... 291641062/
https://www.facebook.com/paul.hubbard.9 ... 306166062/
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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Jun 20 2020
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Shaw Butte Loop, AZ 
Shaw Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 20 2020
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Hiking5.28 Miles 975 AEG
Hiking5.28 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   2.73 mph
975 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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not a good start as I saw a hobbling coyote walk across the trail cuz now I'll think of that off and on for awhile. And then a somewhat older gimpy hiker; I was hoping this would not be the trend for the day. But I did see a couple hummingbirds and am continuing the bunny trend with one spotted today.

Did the loop counterclockwise, a little warm to start but once I got past that first hill and a little higher the breeze kicked in. People seemed grumpy today so it made me grumpy and I'm already depressed with all that's going on around us. So I just said hello to those who said it first, about 50% today.

An SRP truck passed me on its way to the towers. As I got close to the towers I could see the smoky sky to the east that was wrapping itself around to the north. After I circled the towers I took some pictures. I was going to by-pass the western towers as it seemed warm but I did them anyway. Oh, an unusual sighting for me on this trail in the AM: two spots of shade including on the western side as you hike south to the former restaurant area.

A lot of hikers were out, surprisingly only one biker. This is the latest I've ever done a city hike in the Valley but I don't look forward to that 5:30 wake-up beeping from Alexa :lol: . Temp stayed at 79 and I think the humidity was in the 22% area.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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Jun 14 2020
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Dixie Loop - Valle - Desert Tortoise, AZ 
Dixie Loop - Valle - Desert Tortoise, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2020
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Hiking5.92 Miles 901 AEG
Hiking5.92 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.84 mph
901 ft AEG
 
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Went to gym class yesterday... I wish she wouldn't do so many squats; doesn't she know I have to hike the next morning :lol: .

This hike was my choice if it wouldn't be too hot. 45 minutes after 5:30AM, in the mid 70 degree temp (and teen humidity), I was on the trail listening to a pod cast. Ran into several hikers as I began my clockwise hike up the Hawk's Nest and then NNW down the shaded hillside before turning east. Oh, I almost forgot, I saw a bunny rabbit as I pulled into my parking space. It was one of FIVE bunny rabbits I would see on my hike today :o . I did see one squirrel too.

Oh ya, the hike. I was tempted to do the western summit but it was warmer than I liked and no breeze. Fortunately when I turned east, the breeze picked up a bit. I don't need a lot; just a little fan's worth. Along this route I encountered one female hiker that I said "good morning" to three times with no response; sheesh! The second female hiker I encountered went to the right side of the trail when we passed by each other rather than to the left. You know how you pull over to one side and it's usually your right.... I mentioned it to her and she mumbled something back to me. Other than that I think only one other set of babbling girls couldn't get out a "hello" or "morning".

Once I got to the top of the hill I looked eastward and it was really HAZy; made me wonder how the LosDosSloFolks were doing as it looked particularly bad around Black Mountain. As I rounded the hillsides and headed east, the breeze picked up slightly. Once to the bottom of Valle Verde I could see there were still some lingering saguaro blooms and also lots of fruit was now showing up so I ended up taking a few pictures. This is really a nice saguaro section of the trail.

Desert Tortoise is another way to get back to the TH by adding some mileage rather than continuing on the Dixie Mountain Loop.
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I did see a small Desert Senna. Lots of saguaros blooming and lots bearing fruit.
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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.
Jun 07 2020
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Phx Mtn Preserve Zig Zag Shoes, AZ 
Phx Mtn Preserve Zig Zag Shoes, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2020
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Hiking6.69 Miles 793 AEG
Hiking6.69 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.85 mph
793 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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(from 38th St TH) After a false start, had to walk back a bit to get my sunglasses.

This first part of the hike wasn't what I had in mind but because I made some wrong choices of the non-named trails, I just couldn't seem get to Ruth Hamilton which was my original intent. That last zag should have been a zig or vis versa. Anyway, as I continued south zigging in an easterly direction via all sorts of non-named trails I eventually ended up at the Yates Trail 8 post still on the north side of the mountains. I should have turned east but went west. I haven't been to this part of 8 for a very long time.

I got to the top/saddle with the junction of 304, considered going 304 to 8B over to Ruth but that just didn't appeal to me. I should have taken the 304 down to Piestewa and around the middle mountain but didn't really realize I could do that; maybe next time. So I headed north on 304 and over toward 302 and the shoes. Encountered a couple un-leashed but very polite heavy-fur dogs that looked like they knew their way and were very glad they were going downhill :). I gave them the right of way. The owner seemed to care less. Oh well.

From there it was the VOAZ, Shoe 1B. As I was approaching the saddle I noticed what looked to be some sort of trail that went around the rock outcroppings here so I thot, since I had already zig-zagged so much, let's go see what this is all about. As I got past one rock outcropping I saw someone on its top busy on her phone. I continued to follow the faint trail which seemed to wrap around a second rocky top but faded out there. I went to its saddle and thot this area might make an easier Happy Hour Ridge2 for the ole girl @BiFrost @slowandsteady. The trail does wrap around and back to the main VOAZ and I continued on my way.

I decided to finish off with the 1A Shoe, Perl Charles. I hadn't done this shoe from this side for a long time. I thot it wrapped sooner than it did but it goes clear to the eastern edge of the rocky ridge where it ascends slightly to a saddle. Here I changed radio shows as I headed down via another saddle to get to the south side and then head east for my trip back to the TH. On this northern stretch, all those squats from yesterday morning's gym class were wearing me down. I did see a couple squirrels in this area. I got back to 100 and then had to find my way to cross the wash so I headed west for a bit to the sign post that has a use trail.

It's amazing that I am able to hike in the beginning of June at 6:30ish to almost 9AM and not get overly heated and enjoy a tinge of a cool breeze... either that or I'm desperate. But the gym is now open and I've been able to go to my shortened classes twice this week and stay in my little circle and clean my weights and step after. I still don't like this one instructor and her music but right now, we have limited choices as they haven't restarted all the classes yet. The classes are only half-full but this is the first week of them being offered; who knew how much I missed them but I have been doing this for twenty years which I didn't realize until I couldn't go anymore. :o

PS I took the liberty of adding some photos from the Sawtooth Fire that I picked up from FB.
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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.
May 31 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Shade Back and Forth, AZ 
Lookout Shade Back and Forth, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 31 2020
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Hiking2.70 Miles 489 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles      55 Mns   2.95 mph
489 ft AEG
 
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I think the AEG is wrong but HAZel was being difficult. Just hiked back and forth on the shady side of the western circumference. Quite a few hikers out and about. It was about 91 around start to finish 7:15-8:15AM. Next to no breeze except on the south side.

This year I've doubled the number of hikes I've done in each of the last three months Mar Apr May.... this is what happens when you take the Club(gym) away.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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May 30 2020
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Phoenix Sonoran Preserve North Highpoints Loop, AZ 
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve North Highpoints Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
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Hiking5.75 Miles 798 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   1 Hour   59 Mns   2.90 mph
798 ft AEG
 
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
I know this is not triplog related but I wanted to share with you anyway. Like most all of you I always prefer HIKING over elliptical machines at the Club; altho I did go on Wed. since I can't hike in this heat (sorry Kelly). The area at the Club I was in was only 1/4 full at best. Every other machine is closed off. They now have a cleaning solution dispenser on the wall next to the paper towel dispenser to clean your machine handles/buttons after use which you should do anyway. Very few people in masks and even two racquetball courts and the basketball court were being used. I forgot how boring the elliptical machines are but at least you don't have to watch where you're going😉.

And the next day I went to get my hair done at the salon where you have to answer Covid questions, mask and purell up and get your temperature taken before you can go to your station. My stylist says her business, though open for nearly two weeks, has been minimal as her clients still aren't willing to come in yet. I felt bad for her; and she has three children. My philosophy on the whole thing is what difference is one or two weeks going to make at this point?


Today I planned a 15 minute later start but I woke up before my alarm so instead of trying to get that last 15 minutes I just got ready and with the drive it takes about 50 minutes so I started around 6:25 I think and it was 82 degrees with high 20s humidity. Last nite I actually did a double loop around my complex at 7:15pm and it was 104 but humidity was around 8% so it was actually not bad; good to know it's doable at those temps.

This morning I got going clockwise and there was a slight breeze. I would encounter many hikers and bikers today; 75% on the hellos and the no hellos were quite deliberate. A few people still in masks, young and old. Gosh I don't know; breathing fresh air would seem to be a good thing? I made decent time up to Ridgeback Overlook and then down the other side. The desert really is a beautiful place even as it descends into summer. A few hot air balloons were out so I got some photos. The sky was also somewhat filtered by light clouds.

The saguaros were still blooming all over the place thus quite a bit more picture taking but why not🌵? I guess I don't remember all the saguaros blooming like this in past seasons; don't recall seeing any this spring that didn't have blooms. What a treat for us! As I rounded the corner on to Sidewinder I noticed quite a few little holes in the ground which I assume are the tarantulas at work? I would notice these holes off and on during the hike on this portion of the trail. About the 4 mile mark I started getting hungry and realized I don't have any snacks on board so I'll have to remedy that.

I headed up to Apache Vista which also provides a little extra AEG and views. Encountered bike riders going up a couple times. And then it was back down to the Sidewinder for the home stretch. I always see what looks like the corner that takes you to the other side but I'll have to start calling this the "false corner" as you have to go around it before swinging back down the other side of the hill for the trailhead.

8:20AM was really too early for the beer so I just went for the frozen cappuccino at Q-T plus Tonto needed fuel. The temp had risen 3 or 4 degrees between start to finish on the hike. However, between the time I left the TH and got home it went up TEN degrees (1/2 hour or so) :o
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Saguaros were still blooming like crazy and there were lots of plants that had their seedheads on too.
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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.
May 25 2020
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Lookout west twice and around, AZ 
Lookout west twice and around, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 25 2020
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Hiking3.52 Miles 610 AEG
Hiking3.52 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.85 mph
610 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
Partners none no partners
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Got the last spot in the parking lot.

Memorial Day hike. 100% on hellos.
Counterclockwise: Did a double hike of the far western side to take advantage of the shade. Not much of a breeze. Lots of people/dogs out so lots of dodging on/off the trail. 3 bike riders. 3 lizards.

Oh, I almost forgot, I can do crunches again :) ; still a little sore on right side but I'm good with that.
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May 23 2020
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Desert - Union - Dixie Mountain Loop, AZ 
Desert - Union - Dixie Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 23 2020
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Hiking9.02 Miles 1,437 AEG
Hiking9.02 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.49 mph
1,437 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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from yesterday's triplog:
"if at first you don't succeed" and "get back on the horse" hike tomorrow
I'm happy to report: Mission Accomplished and happily.

I got up 15 minutes earlier than last Saturday. The humidity would start about 8 pts less than last weekend. I wore my regular backpack and hiking boots, and tried my additional hat from https://www.outdoorstribe.com/products/foldable-sun-hat (so far a real winner thus I ordered again). The temps started in the low 70s at 6:30AM and a great breeze!

My hike started off with a bunny rabbit which was pretty cool since I saw two at the end of last evening's hike. It really is a beautiful desert here; especially as you get away from the houses. I started off on the Desert Tortoise to the intersection that I took west last time. This time the conditions were much nicer so I had no doubt about doing Union Peak (eastish). I did have to backtrack twice on the trail as I hadn't done this since 2014.

The only thing that threw me off was the C (Cactus Wren) Trail that split in two and I seemed to recall going south was the appropriate choice here and it was. You are on the Valle Verde and Cactus Wren at the same time as I think maybe the Cactus Wren does some kind of 1/2 circle. Altho looking at the Park Map, it doesn't show overlap. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mi ... 01113&z=14

I hit the rise and then the Gt Horned Owl splits off to the east toward Union Peak. This is what I call the ramp that takes you to the Union Peak junction. You gain some elevation here before taking the turn up Union. The elevation continues to gain and just when I thot I was close to the top I came to a corner and realized, nope, not yet as I hiked around to the other side of the mountain and finally made the ridge part of the hike that takes you up and down a few times. Finally, success. I sat down and had a snack and enjoyed the views around me and there was only me on this mountain top. I spotted things here and there including the dam I can see from the floor of the North Phx Sonoran Preserve [ photo ] .

Back down I went heading back over to the Dixie Mountain Loop. I was surprised how many pictures I took :stop: on the way but those blooming saguaros are really something. Oh, and I saw a little bunny as well as all sizes of lizards; all of them too fast for photos. There is one section along the Valle Verde that has a great stance of large and fat saguaros. Of course, once I got down to the desert floor the population of people picked up (hikers and bikers). And before you knew it, I was on the Dixie Mountain Loop which gradually rises as you hike in a counter-clockwise direction.

I reached the saddle where you can hike to Dixie Peak, but not today. I opted for a snack here before pressing on to the staying on the "getting back on the horse part" of the hike for me. I had tripped several times previously already so I tried to pay extra attention; but you know how that goes. However, I hiked past the "Tib berrr" area and stayed upright for the rest of the hike. I didn't run into too many folks as I made my way around the north and west side. I gave thot to doing the Western Vista summit but I was already late for my 9:45AM beer so the beer won out; especially cuz it's one of six that I have left.

As always, I enjoyed the Teddy Cholla saddle area before completing the western part of the hike. And now to complete the hill which wasn't too bad especially as there was a light breeze. Just before Hawk Nest Trail, this one hiker walked by with his eyes straight ahead; he wasn't going to acknowledge me let alone say hello so I laughed and may have said something else under my breath. For the most part today, the hellos were unabashed. I did see a few hikers with masks again...I'm sorry, I just don't get it but whatever.

And now to get down that Hawks Nest Trail to Tonto Jr. to celebrate :y: . Kelly, I have a great idea for a hike for next fall. Let's do the high points of the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve. We can do this side in the morning (3 peaks), have lunch and do the North Preserve after (2 peaks). It's not much for you but I think it would be fun; well not exactly fun but a worthy task.

While I was enjoying my huckleberry lager, though 45 mins late, a returning hiker started his mini-van remotely before he arrived. I hope that feature comes with Tonto III in Sept. Anyway, he is from WI and moved to AZ in 2003. He likes it here as well. He was familiar a bit with MT so we talked about that for a moment. I like this having a beer in the parking lot as the last two times I've had some good conversation.

I put together a slideshow video with music by LosDosSloFolks. The video has a few more pictures including of the blooming saguaros: [ youtube video ]
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blooming saguaros, lavender, teddy cholla, buckthorn cholla, desert foothill palo verde, southwest barrel, one ratany but I'm sure there was more, creosote with puff balls
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May 22 2020
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a 6PM start for a warm-up hike for tomorrow's "if at first you don't succeed" and "get back on the horse" hike. My side is still sore but I'll just be careful.

It was about 95 with a very slight breeze. Started from the bottom of the hill just cuz and hiked counterclockwise to the shade on the western side to the shade on the eastern side. Saw about ten people, two in their twenties that were wearing masks.... and to finish off the hike I got to see two bunnies :) .
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Clockwise; earlier start at 3:40 since the temp was lower. Had a different route in mind but my right rib cage is still bothering me if I breathe too hard so I opted to stay with the main trail. Only saw 1/2 dozen people for my hike today. I did an improvisation as I wrapped around the Nwestern hump to the Swestern saddle and decided to wrap back around Lookout mountain. It seemed cooler on the east side. No shade at this time of day. It was about 86 when I was done.

Went home, only 5 mins. away, and had my hiking beer; something I haven't done in the past for an after-work hike on a school day so to speak. But desperate times call for desperate measures :lol: .

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May 19 2020
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Well when I got back to Tonto Jr, RS said 3 miles but when I uploaded it took me to 2.34. Oh well. Windy today on my counter-clockwise hike, not many people out. Tried a different route for part of it by going up a tier and also following a very faint trail for a piece. My right rib cage must have sustained some damage from my fall this weekend; pretty painful altho I try to exercise and hike thru it as nothing can be done. Surprised by it. My inside arms which took brunt of the impact are pretty sore still too. Time will heal all.

Have my route planned in my head for Wednesday's after-work hike too since it's supposed to be below 90. The gym is open but not the classes; they say beginning of June. Since temp is supposed to heat up next week, I may have to go; never been one for treadmills and bikes but I won't have a choice.
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I decided on a bigger route today so loaded up my regular day pack and put on my hiking boots. However, I ended up going with Plan C but it was still good to have the regular pack and boots on just for change of pace.

I started a little before 7AM. I've never hiked the Desert Tortoise Trail which shoots off to the east from the Hawk's Nest Trail. It's pretty nice and has a few ups and downs, you seem as you're still on the floor of the desert but you do gain a tad of elevation. As with most of the hike today, there were several hikers and bikers out. When I came to the junction with the Valle Verde I paused to make my decision on whether to do Union Peak. I decided against it as there didn't seem to be much of a breeze and I do want my hikes to be somewhat enjoyable. The high humidity in the mornings is my nemesis as the temp was in the high 70s.

I hiked the Valle Verde to the west. Hadn't been on this trail since 2014. It's only 1/2 mile but it has that big up to join you with Dixie Mountain Loop. It was a bit of a slog for me so I had thot I would just head back to the TH. So I hung a left but within a few minutes, I felt the breeze and said "self" quit being such a wimp, and turned back to do the Loop. The breeze seemed to have increased which picked up my spirits.

I came to the junction with the Dixie Summit Trail and debated whether to do it or not, I decided no and headed back on the Loop trail but had this same conversation again: Self, "quit being such a wimp" and turned back to do the Summit : rambo : . There was another couple that apparently had that same conversation and we all decided slow but steady will get us to the top. We proceeded with me in the lead and they weren't too far behind. It wasn't very cool on the summit with very little breeze so that was disappointing but the views made up for it. I had a snack and then headed back down to continue the hike.

Back on the main trail, it was nice to still have that breeze and as I was looking at the people ahead of me and wondered why they were wearing black when it was hot, over I went like a saguaro. I didn't even have time to yell timber :lol: . I presume the yell is the same as a for a falling tree... Anyway, I must have made quite a thud so they came back to help me up. As I gathered myself, she handed me my hat and he my sunglasses (glad I wasn't wearing them since I hit part of my face too). After a quick assessment, we were all hiking again.

I knew I was hurt, though, including both my hands and my left leg/knee and right knee. I could feel the leg muscle bruise already forming. Fortunately, it wasn't so painful that I couldn't finish the last couple miles of the hike but I definitely lost a little mojo.

I visited with the hikers before passing them and then I turned to the south going in and out of the little washes heading up to Teddy Cholla saddle. The breeze was still blowing a little so that kept me comfortable for the rest of the hike including up the last longish hill. HAZel hiccuped again and I gained two miles in a couple minutes. Still encountered many hikers including two that really had no idea where they were so I tried to explain to them that no matter which way they went, it would be about 4 miles.

I finally made it to the Hawk's (Owl) Nest Trail. It was a little hard hiking down it with my injuries and I noticed there was blood on my pant knee. I could still feel the pain in my upper leg but was actually glad I had to keep hiking so it didn't get a chance to stiffen up. My left hand was really starting to hurt now as it took the brunt of the fall along with my left knee. There were still people coming up the trail as I arrived at the parking lot.

Once back to Tonto Jr. I got out my 9:45AM beer and enjoyed that as I changed shoes. I talked to a few hikers getting ready to head out and then headed home. I've been icing my knee off an on and popped a couple ibuprofen. I'm sure I will have some nice bruises to join those already forming on my knee :sk: . I haven't fallen in awhile so I guess I was due.
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May 14 2020
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Nice to be able to do this two late afternoons in a row.

I parked down the road as I noticed yesterday the In-gate was closed at 7pm and I read online that the Preserve closes at 7 so I didn't want Tonto Jr to get locked in.

Today was even nicer with the slight cloud cover. Still had the slight breeze. The little hill to start is a way to get the lungs puffin' a tad but not bad. I went clockwise and basically did a figure 8. The Footlhill Palo Verdes are still in various stages of bloom as are the few saguaros.

When I went past the parking lot there were still lots of cars at 7:15PM and as I was driving down 16th St the ranger was just driving in. So I wonder if he closes the In-gate and then has to wait for all the other cars to depart. I would assume so.
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May 13 2020
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Self,
If it's nice enough for you do do a mile and 1/2 around your complex after 6 pm, even when it's in the mid to high 90s, surely it will be nice doing a loop around Lookout.
Verdict, yep - that works. It was 91ish, slight breeze, a few less hikers than normal. Picked a route that favored shade. As I went by all the obliterated rock work I did awhile back, I see there is a sign up asking for trail volunteers.

FYI - before syncing route it was 1123 AEG, double the fun :sweat: but not true.
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