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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Wild Horse Island Flathead Lake, MT 
Wild Horse Island Flathead Lake, MT
 
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2021
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Hiking3.33 Miles 678 AEG
Hiking3.33 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.20 mph
678 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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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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Jul 30 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Picture Canyon Loop clockwise, AZ 
Picture Canyon Loop clockwise, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2021
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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
Flora
Flora
Indian Paintbrush
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Jul 29 2021
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Fatmans Loop Trail #25Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2021
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Hiking2.77 Miles 638 AEG
Hiking2.77 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   1.93 mph
638 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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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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Jul 29 2021
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Picture Canyon Loop counterclockwise, AZ 
Picture Canyon Loop counterclockwise, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2021
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Hiking3.94 Miles 421 AEG
Hiking3.94 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   2.34 mph
421 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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Writing this 8-27-2021 for another hike I did on 7-29 following the Fatman's Loop. I was staying at the KOA so this was very convenient. I went counterclockwise. It was slightly humid still but little elevation change so not a big deal. I also did this hike last year with Ambika and Guru. I remember that on the north side it wasn't well marked but that has changed and it's easier to find your way. This route mostly follows the Tom Moody Loop.

The sky was a little volatile looking at times but I stayed dry throughout. The first stop is the reclamation pond but not much action here. I enjoyed some wildflowers as I made my way to my next stop at the old railroad bridge remnants (still amazed at the size of a couple of the timbers) and waterfall area. The waterfall was flowing nicely so I tested out my slo-mo on my phone. I saw a few people here.

As I went around the corner I could hear the water still so I checked to see if there was any visual and there wasn't. I continued on my way into the forest and over to the bridge over the Rio de Flag where some Orange Skimmers entertained me. I tried the Pro Video on my phone but the zoom results were so-so. I looked over the PictureGlyphs and once again tried the zoom function of my Pro Video of my phone. That seemed to look better on the glyphs than the Skimmer. I made my way around the northeast side and headed west.

I saw and heard a bird of prey as I hiked around the corner. I encountered two ladies that saw the same. They asked me to take their picture and they also commented on the humidity. I continued on the north side through the forest that provided some shade. I wanted to take a little nap but decided to go on since I only had less than a couple miles left. On this side of the trail you will see several former off-shoots but they are covered with some debris now and there are still occasional red tags on the trees directing you.

There are a couple different intersections including the one with the AZT and a crossover trail. Also, as you continue, there are two different trails but they take you to the same main trail. I encountered two more hikers here and another on the way out. When I got back to the TH it was packed with cars.

Here are a couple videos to go along with the hike. As usual, when I'm alone, I talk a lot... I know, shocking :stop:
Part 1 [ youtube video ]
Part 2 [ youtube video ]

WATCH: 3.8 miles with avg bpm 130, max 154 (24% at max Level 5, 39% at anaerobic Level 4, 37% at aerobic Level 3) burning 774 calories. Starting temp 75.1 degrees and 44% humidity finishing at 12:20 PM
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Jul 28 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Christmas Tree Trail and KOA walk around, AZ 
Christmas Tree Trail and KOA walk around, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2021
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Hiking5.10 Miles 659 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.64 mph
659 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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I guess I forgot I retired and I didn't need to get some hiking in before my Glacier trip.... as I've been able to hike during the week vs when I worked and couldn't do that. On top of that, the weather is going to make these pre-trip hikes tricky so hopefully I'll be able to get in one more before heading back to Phx. So a few months back I made a reservation at the KOA as I can hike right from there which I thot was pretty cool.

And the nice thing about this KOA is you can check in at noon so I planned accordingly, picking up my meals from Safeway and then checking in at 12:05. The weather was already tenuous with thunder and lightning but I figured I could stay low and just do the Christmas Tree.


I threw on my regular backpack, can't remember the last time I wore it. The trail getting there from the KOA is pretty nice and soon I was on the Christmas Tree trail. The weather conditions were constantly changing with hot and cold, breeze, no breeze, sun and no sun with occasional rolls of thunder. Nonetheless, it smelled great for most of this and I was glad to have boots to the ground. I was trying out some new socks too. There was quite a bit of flora so I would stop to get some pics. I didn't do any movies as I think the content wasn't enuf to generate interest.

It was further than I thot to the junction with the Sandy Seep and Little Elden, my turn around point. It was a lot hillier than I expected but that's okay... I needed that; I always need that. You can loop this via Sandy Seep but it gets too close to the highway for me so I just went back the way I came. There was this one area full of tall Apache Plume bushes that I took a photo of again as the sun had come out so you could see the blooms better.

I went past the junction to the KOA and headed down to the main TH for a bit before turning around. Surprisingly I came upon a huge patch of Indian Paintbrush that I totally missed so that was nice. I passed by another junction for the east side of the Fatman's Loop which I'm going to try and do tomorrow AM. I only saw two other hikers during this hike. It was also pretty humid and the elevation seemed to slow my desired pace.

When I got back to the KOA I needed to get water so I decided to go the long way and check out the joint. They also have a little nature trail so I took that. I stopped and talked with a person in the back of a truck as there were several big tents set up. Apparently he and others take youth groups around and he sets everything up. They'll be heading to the Grand Canyon next. I should have asked the name of the service he was running but I don't like to be too snoopy. Saw a cool squirrel while talking to him and said hello to several others as I made my way back to Wikiup (my cabin).

If you ever stay here, make sure you can get close to the north side; otherwise, there's quite a bit of road noise. They have lots of entertainment for adults and kids. I had no idea what a Jumping Pillow was until I saw kids of various sizes jumping on it. It looks like it could be a little dangerous if someone falls wrong but all seemed to be having fun.


WATCH: 4.84 miles with avg bpm 138 and max 168. 44% at top zone, 43% at anaerobic and 13% at aerobic burning 847 calories. Starting temp 73.3 (felt warmer) and 50% humidity finishing at 2:51 PM
Fauna
Fauna
Abert's Squirrel
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Jul 25 2021
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Ocotillo Trail finished by a Hood Walk, AZ 
Ocotillo Trail finished by a Hood Walk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2021
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Hiking2.25 Miles 116 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles      38 Mns   3.55 mph
116 ft AEG
 
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Well I tried. After the backyard test and checking the forecast, I went to Plan B, made my water and headed north. I was going to start with Ridgeback today. I got out at the TH and it seemed delightful.

As I started on the trail it started to sprinkle lightly but still hikeable. As I started up the hill though, yep, you guessed it, the rain really started up and the intensity increased so I decided to turn around at the trail post. My little umbrella didn't do that much good as the rain increased. And with the rain sticking around so long these couple days, I didn't think it was something I could wait out. Oh well, I tried... too bad for me. I couldn't see the mountains of the South Preserve nor mountains north as the rain traversed the Valley.

Once I got home, it wasn't raining so I had to get the mail and decided to do a 'hood walk, Plan A. On my second round I put the lids back on the irrigation holes; not sure why someone would take them off but we do have children on the corner by the common yard. It started to sprinkle so I was going to have to cut this trip short too.

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Hike 1.33 miles in 30 min. at 1820 elevation. Avg bpm 123, max 140 burning 171 calories. Starting temp 73.3 and 86% humidity finishing at 8:43AM.
Hood Walk .88 miles in 14:54 including stops at 1400 elevation. Avg bpm 123, max 130 burning 76 calories in 1850 steps. Starting temp 72.8 and 90% humidity finishing at 9:20AM
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Jul 24 2021
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Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2021
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Hiking2.87 Miles 470 AEG
Hiking2.87 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   2.92 mph
470 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I had planned the 'Hood Walk as I needed to get the mail but when I stepped out to check the temp in my backyard, I decided to gear up and go for a hike; especially since it looks like it's supposed to rain tomorrow when I have planned a longer hike.

I parked at the hill below the parking area. Hiked clockwise. As I walked up the hill heading east I encountered a girl moving a rifle case and a baby in a stroller. Not too far in front of me was a person carrying a sizable rifle walking in crocs. He stopped at the top of the hill and watched the helicopter as did I. I remarked "boys and their toys" as I sure didn't want to find out if I was going to be his target practice. I thot as I had walked up the hill to the west of the parking area that I heard shots and pretty sure I smelled a scent that was not coming from the desert too. I really wasn't too sure what to make of this situation, like should I call the police? are you allowed a rifle in a Preserve? Do I want to try and get a picture? Well, that was a heck of a way to start off Plan B.

It was pretty breezy, thank goodness as even with the breeze, I was using my bandana to wipe my brow quite often. I didn't wear a hat or sunglasses as the sky was muted somewhat by the cloud cover. I appreciated the trail work as I skirted the south side and encountered about 5 hikers on this side. I took a few pics of the scenery due to the somewhat unusual light of the sky as I circled the mountain.

When I started to round the western side, the sun was playing in the sky with the cloud cover which created quite a line of sight to the mountains far away to the NW. I was really enjoying the hike as I continued around the west side encountering one more hiker and snapping a few more photos. When I headed east and near what I now call the Christmas Star saguaro (where I shot my photos of the Christmas star in Dec 2020) I saw the sun doing some tricks so tried to capture it with the saguaro. I was so pleased when I got home and saw the photo on my screen turned out almost better than I had hoped; not bad for a city hike I say.

As I finished off the hike getting one more picture I saw three more people and a dog. The desert smelled so good. I know there is one other thing I wanted to remember to report but I can't remember.

I thot I had turned my watch off but apparently not. However, I can tell you when I started the hike it was 80.5 with 68% humidity and I did happen to check my phone when I got back in the car and it said 79 and 72% humidity when I stopped.
Not sure why the loaded RS route shows a start time of 11:17AM when I started at 6:17PM.
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Jul 18 2021
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Sidewinder Apache Vista, AZ 
Sidewinder Apache Vista, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 18 2021
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Hiking3.14 Miles 314 AEG
Hiking3.14 Miles   1 Hour      3.19 mph
314 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Alexa said, 88 and 49... seems to be the norm at 6:30AM lately. So up and at 'em. Had a slight detour driving there as construction continues at Loop 101 and Cave Creek; it feels like it's been years now. I don't know if you remember but I thot it would be done by the time I retire, NOT!

When I got out of Tonto, I knew it was going to be a double hike :( . There were a lot more vehicles in the lot than I thot I would see and a lot more hikers and bikers to match. I went clockwise which is not the norm for this hike. There was next to no breeze and the sun was out unlike a couple days ago when it was 88 and 49 with overcast skies. At this point, I doubted I would even do the Peak but like so many other times when I hike and think I won't do something, I did the Peak and it wasn't too bad really.

If there had been a breeze or overcast I would have at least tried to hike a couple more miles but it was just too unpleasant. I did see two baby lizards and one big lizard on the hike and one fellow on his flat bike (not sure what you call those). He actually makes pretty good time.

Look, the AEG and mileage are exact! and the time almost hit that number too.

WATCH: 3.07 miles, avg bpm 109 with max of 110 (obviously something is wrong with these numbers), 100% at aerobic burning 356 calories. Starting temp said 84.1 with 53% humidity finishing at 8:21AM.

Had to go to 4 Q-Trips to find a frozen cappuccino but all machines were not functioning correctly :o . How can that be? (My Q-T cappuccino search took 8 miles, sheesh!)
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Jul 17 2021
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Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Jul 17 2021
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Walk / Tour1.97 Miles 10 AEG
Walk / Tour1.97 Miles      34 Mns   3.48 mph
10 ft AEG
 
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a little extra exercise today. Counterclockwise. No one out. I was worried about a pigeon as it seemed to have an injured wing but by the third round, it had moved on so I was glad of that.

WATCH: avg bpm 113, max 125 with 94% at aerobic burning 186 calories in 4102 steps with an avg cadence of 118, max 129. Temp at start only 98.9 but the humidity was 30% and mostly no breeze.

Plan a little hike tomorrow AM unless Alexa gives me outrageous numbers😉
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Jul 16 2021
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Phx Mtn Preserve on or near Trail 100, AZ 
Phx Mtn Preserve on or near Trail 100, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2021
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Hiking4.78 Miles 544 AEG
Hiking4.78 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.90 mph
544 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Alexa says: 90 and 49, "yep, I can do that". I chose this area as I have lots of options depending on how I'm doing. I just wanted to get around five miles in if I could. I also like this area as I don't have to worry so much about running into snakes.

It was overcast so that meant no hat, no sunglasses! I did bring my little umbrella just in case. I kind of had a sense of what route I wanted to take. I was hoping I would feel up to VOAZ but the breeze wasn't blowing in the right direction for that. There were moments when it was almost delightful out there with the key word being "moments", ha!

I basically hiked to the south of Happy Hour Ridge and over to 1A and back on 100 to meet up with 8 passing by two horseshoe options. I saw maybe 8 hikers, some with dogs and 1/2 dozen bikers. On the way back as I neared the wash areas the cicadas were most vocal and I did see a few quail out for their morning stroll. I was obviously a little slower but it was humid out there :sweat:. But something is better than nothing.

On the drive in a bunny scampered across the road in front of me, don't know why they don't scamper the opposite direction. On the drive out I saw a very little bunny and a little squirrel. I stopped by Q-Trip for my frozen cappuccino, had to get the other flavor as the one I normally get was broken. I couldn't resist the giant maple bar either. It had started to sprinkle and when I got home I could see it had rained pretty good :) .

WATCH: 4.61 miles with avg bpm 123, max 162 (10% at Max, 36% at anaerobic, the rest at aerobic) burning 597 calories. Starting temp 86 and 54% humidity finishing at 8:57AM.
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Jul 11 2021
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Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2021
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Hiking2.53 Miles 483 AEG
Hiking2.53 Miles      56 Mns   2.71 mph
483 ft AEG
 
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Alexa said 86 and 56 :o but I went for it anyway. Counterclockwise. Hot, yes. Humid, yes. Hazy, yes. Other hikers: 5. I did notice additional trail work on the south side. Wasn't sure I would want to do the full loop but I made it. There were, however, moments of a very slight breeze that did feel cooler than the rest of the air.

WATCH: 132 avg bpm, max 180 (seems high, looks like a blip back down to 160). 30% at maximum, 36% at anaerobic, 32% at aerobic burning 380 calories. Starting temp 84.1 and 55% humidity finishing at 8:20 AM showing temp of 88 and 47% humidity YUK!
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Jul 10 2021
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Hood Walk, AZ 
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Walk / Tour1.98 Miles
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Clockwise. Just thot I would see if I could do the walk in this high temp and only 21% humidity to judge if I thot I could do Lookout Loop tomorrow AM with temps in the low 90s and higher humidity in the high 30s. Well, I'm not sure but I will give it a shot. The worst that can happen is I go back home and just go to the club and do the ellipticals.

Definitely slower pace tonite. I could feel the wind shift the last 1/2 mile as I was getting the mail and the storm rolled in just as I got inside as it got really dark and all my weather alerts started going off. Oh, I started hearing the cicadas on my last lap.

WATCH: avg bpm 132 with high of 139 (pretty consistent) with 87.5% in Zone 4 anaerobic and the rest at zone 2 weight control burning 164 calories. avg cadence 116 with max 127. Starting temp showed 107.5 and 22% humidity finishing at 7:31PM.
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Jul 04 2021
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Hood Walk, AZ 
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Walk / Tour1.97 Miles 10 AEG
Walk / Tour1.97 Miles      34 Mns   3.48 mph
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JULY 4th USA

Counterclockwise; yep, it's hot.

WATCH: avg bpm 115, max 130, almost 90% at Zone 3 aerobic burning 189 calories walking 4169 steps with an avg cadence of 121 and max 129. Starting temp 100.4 and 30% humidity!

Last nite, July 7th, the sub didn't show for class so I ended up using the gym equipment to burn some calories. I looked for where the fans were to pick my weapon so ended up doing two different ellipticals and finishing off on the treadmill with the goal being three miles. For some reason the watch didn't pick up the first elliptical as I was curious as to how it compares with walking or hiking. Each machine said I had gone a mile.

So here is the elliptical vs treadmill WATCH report:
Elliptical 133 avg bpm, 158 max with 71% at Anaerobic in 28:52 burning 209 calories
Treadmill 117 avg bpm, 136 max. with 70% at aerobic in 19:10 burning 103 calories (altho I did a 3 minute cool down). (Avg speed 2.7, max 4.5)
What's interesting here is the watch said I only did .87 of a mile on the treadmill so which measuring mechanism is right?
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Jul 02 2021
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Hood Walk, AZ 
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Walk / Tour1.99 Miles 10 AEG
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more humid than my usual evening 'hood walks but I wanted to get in the exercise, plus get the mail. Only a few people out for a short time. Just a tad of a breeze.

Clockwise: 110 avg bpm, 132 max. 66% Zone 3 aerobic and the rest Zone 2 weight control burning 186 calories in 4300 steps. Avg cadence 118 with max 127. Starting temp 100.4 and 26% humidity finishing at 7:40PM.

PS countertop shopping walk with Mia at three stores on Monday, June 28 was 1 mile at just one store. Who knew there were that many choices for countertops?!
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Jun 27 2021
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Hood Walk, AZ 
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Walk / Tour2.77 Miles 12 AEG
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I'm afraid I'll be doing a lot of this over the next three weeks as I am going to work for my x-boss for 2 1/2 weeks from 9-1. Only saw one other person out at the mailbox. Tried to take advantage of shade from the houses where I could; ya I know, I'm pathetic :lol:.

Counterclockwise. Avg bpm 121, max 139.2 with 28% in Zone 4 and 71% in Zone 3 aerobic burning 282 calories with 5990 steps. Avg cadence 119, max 150. Temp at start 91.3 and 17% humidity finishing at 8:45AM with temp of 95 and 16% humidity.
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Jun 25 2021
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Sidewinder with double Apache Vista, AZ 
Sidewinder with double Apache Vista, AZ
 
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Hiking3.88 Miles 460 AEG
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I was going to do the south Phx Sonoran Preserve Dixie Mtn Loop but there aren't any bailouts if I decide it's too hot so I chose to go back to Phx Sonoran Preserve North with the thot of maybe doing Ridgeback until Alexa told me the temp and humidity so I opted to maybe do an Apache Vista double.

As I hiked the west side it seemed very warm so I had my doubts about even doing the Apache Vista at all. However, as I got over to the middle of the mountain a breeze picked up so I headed up to the Vista. In fact, it was breezy enough that I did do the double from the Sidewinder. I had only seen 7 other hikers as I completed the double. I stepped aside for about the same amount of bike riders. Lots of little ground squirrels including a baby, so very little and several lizards including the ones with the very long tails but none were in the posing mode.

WATCH: 3.84 miles. 129 avg bpm with 158 max. 17% in Zone 5, 45% Zone 4, 35% Zone 3 burning 492 calories. Starting temp 84.1 and 36% humidity finishing at 8:39AM with a temp of 89 and humidity of 31%.
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Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.91 Miles 430 AEG
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Parked at the bottom of the hill.

UGH, that humidity is miserable, suck all the fun out of hiking. Hiked clockwise, forgot my sunglasses. Saw 1/2 dozen hikers, 5 men and 1 lady. Only 2 said hello. Saw a couple lizards and 1 rabbit. There was one giant cloud.

WATCH: 2.79 miles. 130 bpm, 157 max. 19% Zone 5, 46% Zone 4, rest in Zone 3 burning 383 calories. Starting temp 82.3 and 48% :sweat: humidity finishing at 8:37AM and 88 temp/42% humidity.
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Jun 22 2021
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Southern Apache Wash Loop and Peak, AZ 
Southern Apache Wash Loop and Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2021
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Hiking4.89 Miles 418 AEG
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No, I still can't manage a 4:30AM start like some of you so I went for a 5:30 wake time and 6:20AM start (20 min drive to TH). After all, there really isn't that much difference in temp during those first three hours between 6 and 9AM (I've been studying this, ha!). However, I was curious what it would feel like with the almost 20 degrees cooler temp and much higher humidity in the AM vs my early evening 'Hood Walk.

I was pleasantly surprised when I got out of Tonto 3 that it wasn't too bad out temp/humidity-wise. I even gave short thot to heading up Ridgeback Peak first but quickly came to my senses knowing I hadn't done any hard hiking since the end of May. So I opted for Sidewinder to Apache Vista Peak. The saguaros' fruit is bursting everywhere it seems and the birds and squirrels (at least 7) were out in force. After getting to the peak, I gave thot to making it a double but decided I really wanted the miles more than the elevation; I'll do the double on Friday as the morning low is supposed to be in the low 80s and low 20s humidity :) .

There sure weren't any people out as I made my way down to Apache Wash Loop and all the way around to the TH. That's astonishing for this area. I like this particular loop because you're by the wash and it's really quite scenic and there's this thing called "shade". It was breezy as I walked eastward so that was quite nice. I could see little clouds at various places in the sky that were trying to "virga". Come on baby, let that virga hit the ground at least.

I was a little tired when I was done so I hit the Q-T for a frozen cappuccino as it quenches my thirst and will help me stay awake until my 1:30 nap time :lol: ; ain't retirement grand.

PS I made it over 400 miles already for the year. For many of my previous years, that was near my total. Did I say "retirement is grand" :) . I think I'm getting it now.

WATCH: 4.81 miles. 129 avg bpm, 156 max (14% at max, 56% at anaerobic, 24% aerobic, 6% weight control) burning 628 calories. Avg pace 20.31, max 13.32 with starting temp of 80.5 (seems off by 10 degrees based on Echo's morning temp reading at 5:30AM and this https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/usa ... x/historic) with 38% humidity finishing at 7:57AM.
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Walk / Tour1.93 Miles 14 AEG
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Didn't know if I could do this walk in the heat but I went for it going clockwise. I did change from the Crocs to the Keen sandals though, as the bottom of my feet hurt last time I did this. No one out on my walk this evening. Very breezy, thank goodness.

WATCH: 123 avg bpm, 131 max. 49% at Zone 4 anaerobic, 47% at Zone 3 aerobic using 4231 steps with an avg cadence of 118, max 130 burning 178 calories. Temp at start was 109.4 and 10% humidity (much lower than the low 30s in the AM, altho the temp is 20 degrees cooler) finishing at 6:55PM.
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Jun 16 2021
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Walk / Tour2.24 Miles 14 AEG
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Believe it or not, I was still pretty sore from the 3 1/2 min plank I did on Monday that I didn't make gym class; thus this was my exercise for the day.

It was gonna be warm so I was curious to see if I could even make one round. I wrapped my neck with a kerchief I had chilled in the ice box and went on my way. There seemed to be a bit of a breeze from time to time. I saw a few folks here and there. On my last lap (3) one of the residents was concerned when I told him this was my punishment for not going to gym class but I told him how the kerchief kept me cool and he thot that would be a good idea for the puppy he was having to walk.

The sky was very pretty, of course the smoke had quite a bit to do with that. The bottoms of my feet were a little sore so I may have to re-think the crocs in the summer.

WATCH: 121 bpm, 134 max. 15% at Anaerobic with the rest at Aerobic burning 235 calories taking 4838 steps. Avg cadence 117, max 143. Temp at start 107.5 with 10% humidity finishing at 7:55PM.
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