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Jun 12 2021
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Hood Walk, AZ 
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Walk / Tour avatar Jun 12 2021
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Walk / Tour2.00 Miles 14 AEG
Walk / Tour2.00 Miles      36 Mns   3.33 mph
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Got back from ID MT ID last nite on Fri, June 11. I worked out this AM and decided to add a walk to pick up the mail. After all, not much hiking was done while I was away. Surprisingly, it was hot but comfortable as I hiked clockwise. A few folks out. Tree trimming pre-monsoon has begun.

WATCH: 114 avg bpm, 127 max all at aerobic level taking 4268 steps with avg cadence of 117 and max 129. Temp was 100.4 with 5% humidity finishing at 8:07PM burning 191 calories.

I posted a few collages from my trip. FYI I did try to pack the cool temps in my suitcase to bring with me but apparently there just wasn't enough room. Another FYI, the Salt Lake Airport is still under construction so at least for Delta's smaller planes, they bus you from the terminal to the plane and vis versa. Also, if you have to go between Gate B and A, prepare for a long walk; but thankfully there are moving ramps and escalators (you go under the tarmacs). I will miss the old airport even though changing terminals involved a lot of walking as well. And there are lines for everything it seems.
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Jun 09 2021
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Walking in my Grandmothers Footsteps, MT 
Walking in my Grandmothers Footsteps, MT
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2021
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Hiking2.18 Miles 174 AEG
Hiking2.18 Miles      59 Mns   2.34 mph
174 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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June 9th, 2021. This is our departure day back to Idaho. My cousin Kenny gave a few of us a Homestead Tour plus the day before and I decided a walk to the spring where my Grandmother got water would be interesting. It was an overcast day as I set out on my own.

As I started I had competition with a couple chickens along side until they headed over for the coop. As I approached the old airplane hanger that is now a barn, the sound of birds intensified. My cousin Kenny has built a several tree-layer shelterbelt which I think is partially responsible for the bird chatter. Back in 1913-1917 or so, there wasn't but one tree in the area so I don't know if my grandmother would have been pleasured by the sounds of the Western Meadowlarks and Cowbirds that I would hear the entire time. It's been said that she was a whistler so perhaps she did that along the way.

As I walked on the road track I saw a fox, but just as quickly, it went into its den. I didn't want to pursue it so I just continued west. There is a little bit of a coulee to my right before the water of the now reservoir starts to appear. It is very green here right now. I hiked closer to the water on this rather rough ground caused by the hoof prints of the cattle that had apparently been here during a wet spell.

There are bits of miniature flowers scattered about including Lewis Flax. I climbed up to the dam that I learned had been created by my father and Uncle Bud in 1956. I actually have some film of that and didn't realize it was from this dam (there is a bit of that in this video [ youtube video ] along with other home movies from 1955-1956). The dam is 50 foot across; I forgot to ask how long.

I walked around for just a moment before heading back. I went back down to the shore and followed it and the drainage all the way out back to the homestead. But for me, I didn't have to take two buckets of water with me. I just can't imagine having to do that a few times a day with nothing else around you for miles. It is said that my grandmother would walk to the top of what little hills there were to see if she still had neighbors. You can get a little more info in the video I made. If sainthoods could be dished out for being the best daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother; per everyone I've talked to, she would be sainted.

It was a wonderful way to end my time at the homestead before our drive to Idaho. That Monday we had a graveside service for my Uncle Bud and included my dad at the Manchester Cemetery in Gt Falls on June 7th (first time I had seen my dad's gravestone). We got two grand tours of two great coulees including Dead Indian and Sheep as well as the Homestead Tour the day before. Now it was time to drive back to Cottonwood, Idaho with two of my eldest cousins. I will be back in August after my Glacier trip.

Here are some of the videos from my trip:
Day One - Dead Indian Coulee at the Marias River, saw a new born fawn along the way [ youtube video ] . We also stopped by cousin Brad's place (my dad's old place) and drove thru Uncle Raymond's old place (now a hutterite colony) and then walked the horses to the barn for their farrier service the next morning. It is really hard to walk a horse and take video :lol: .
Day Two - Sheep Coulee where we actually did a short little hike to a bit of a bluff in the coulee. The cousin who filmed us going to and from the bluff had never seen a coulee before [ youtube video ] and [ youtube video ]
Both of the Coulee drives are not on roads and involve engaged 4-wheel drive. The Marias River is what Lewis took back in 1806 to hook back up with Clark. One time as teenagers we went horse-camping at Four Mile Coulee which is between the two and it was quite the memory.
Day Three - Homestead Tour including around the homestead, a story about how my dad got burned going thru a field fire with a crawler tractor, over to cousin Steven's place (old house) and then over to Blowout, an unusual land formation [ youtube video ] and [ youtube video ] . We finished the day with a cousin "skeet-off" and an incredible sunset [ youtube video ]
Day Four - Walking in my Grandmother's footsteps [ youtube video ] to the spring which is now a reservoir and a bit with the chickens. They have at least four roosters that go off in the AM and don't shut up for a couple hours. In my opinion, they have four roosters too many.
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May 29 2021
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Courthouse Butte Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2021
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Hiking4.68 Miles 710 AEG
Hiking4.68 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.34 mph
710 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Our get out of town hike didn't start out too well as we circled the north Bell Rock/Courthouse TH a couple times hoping for a parking spot. Fortunately, we were able to find a place to park at the south Bell Rock TH along with the rest of the horde. It was a little warm with not much breeze.

We took off and did the Loop clockwise; when I last did this loop in 2009 with my brother, niece and cousin we went counterclockwise. The closer we got to Bell Rock the more crowded it got pretty much until we hooked up with the Courthouse part of the hike. Like most Sedona hikes, this one has some great views which really started to kick in once you get to the northside of the loop as you can see Cathedral Rock, Doe and Bear Mountain area, Thunder Mountain, Airport Mesa, Brins Mesa area and Twin Buttes. And then there's the Baby Bell Rock you can do a quick loop around if you want.

You kind of have to pay attention as you hook up with Courthouse Butte Loop when you start heading ESE. The breeze picked up just a tad here as well as some cool clouds in the sky. As you round the corner you can see the Rabbit Ears which are always fun to photograph. My niece and brother created this photo here, it is so cool [ photo ] :) The area has lots of brush and trees including prickly pear with very big ears which I've noticed quite a bit up here.

We encountered a few other hikers on this leg as you enter and leave the wilderness part of the hike. It's a $300 fine if a bike rider passes through here. A little further south and the Spaceship Rock (also apparently called Muffin Rock but we went with Spaceship in 2009, thus this picture [ photo ] ) finally shows up. As we passed by we noticed an ocotillo garden and took some photos. As you get more to the other side of the rock, it looks more like a spaceship.

We continued hiking to the southeastern side to a junction in this drainage area. Here you have the option to continue west on the loop but Ambika noticed that the Big Park Loop takes us to the TH so we opted to do that. I had not been on the Big Park Loop so we were pleasantly surprised. It is a fairly busy bike route though so keep your eye out. It's not easy for them either as it does involve a couple little uphills if you're coming from the west. I don't remember there being a Big Park Loop when we hiked this area in 2009. Anyway, we really liked it as you really got a longer view to the Butte and Bell Rock and with the cool little clouds swirling around, it made for some nice photos.

The TH was even busier when we got back. We were surprised to see so many people of all ages and dogs as it was now in the high 80s. We grabbed the cut watermelon out of the cooler and munched on that before taking off to PJs in the Village for lunch. The ribs are great!

I did post some more views from our balcony at the beginning of the Photoset as well as a couple other touristy things... in remembrance of Randall from back in the day.


WATCH: 4.47 miles. Avg bpm 116, Max 142 - most in Zone 3 burning 690 calories finishing at 11:29AM. Temp start 80.5 and 11% humidity.
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prickly pear were blooming and some apache plume.
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May 27 2021
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Thunder Mountain Loop plus high points, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 27 2021
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Hiking5.41 Miles 1,154 AEG
Hiking5.41 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.09 mph
1,154 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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well it's been a few weeks since I've done this so the videos will better tell you the story. I parked at the Andante TH off of Andante Rd which is off of 89. It is a small TH with room for about 8 cars and I think you can park in the vicinity. I barely squeezed Tonto 3 in and worried a little of people getting in and out of their cars but no scratches or notes when I got back so I guess I was okay.

These were all new trails for me and it was lots of fun though a tad warm from time to time. I started the Chimney Rock Loop clockwise. On the Thunder Mountain Trail You soon lose site of the Chimney Rock as its high above you. I headed west at the junction on the Little Chimney Rock Trail toward the Little Sugarloaf for my first high point of the day. You attack this from the NNE side. The climb is steep and a bit slippery and much worse coming down but it's short. The views on top are fabulous of course. With all the hiking we had done this week I could see almost everywhere I had been which would be the case on the Sugarloaf Summit as well.

Once I got down I almost missed the Upper Chimney Rock Trail I wanted to stay on so be mindful you have to backtrack a tad to get back on the Chimney Rock Loop that heads north and east. This, other than the occasional view to some houses, was the prettiest part of the hike as you complete the circle around the chimney which from the west side looks like three fingers. Eventually you reach Chimney Rock Pass and on the way down there are steps here and there. The trail is really quite nice the entire time in this area.

There is one area as you get on what I call the Upper Thunder Mountain Trail where I got a tad distracted and started going up a drainage but quickly realized this was not right. I made my way east admiring the landscape and occasional boulders along the way as well as the blooming prickly pear cactus. It was from the bottom of Chimney Rock pass that I started to encounter a few more hikers. There is some nice construction on this trail. You reach a junction that puts you back on the Thunder Mountain Trail that eventually heads east to the Teacup Trail for a little bit. Once I reached the junction with Sugarloaf I thot you would go straight up that NW side but you actually hike a little further to the Sugarloaf Loop.

At the Sugarloaf Summit sign you head up a fairly nice grade. This is a fun summit and you are rewarded with nice views once again. I was able to see where we were staying and many of the areas I had hiked during the week... lucky me to be able to hang out and hike almost every day. As I got back down I gave thot to hiking the Teacup Trail east but decided it was warmer than I liked so I headed back on the Andante Trail which is a little more scenic than I thot until I took a nose dive to become one with the trail. As I gathered myself I heard a bike rider coming so I yelled "hiker down" so he wouldn't roll over me as it was on a corner. He, along with another hiker, asked if I was okay and it seemed I was. I grabbed a picture of the rock that tripped me, poured water on the scrape on my right arm (yes, the one with the formerly broken wrist of course), got up and finished the hike back to the TH which was less that 1/2 mile away I think.

Anyway, this was a good hike and I wouldn't mind doing it again to finish up the east side of the loop that actually joins up with the Soldier Pass area. It was a lousy morning for photos though. And now to get back to the Hyatt for that morning reward of a beer. Ambika and I had hoped to do a little hike in the late afternoon but Grasshopper Point was closed.

Here are a few videos I made:
Part 1 Chimney Rock Loop and Little Sugarloaf Summit [ youtube video ]
Part 2 completing Chimney Rock Loop/Pass and Thunder Mountain Trail [ youtube video ]
Part 3 finishing off the hike with Thunder Mountain Trail and Sugarloaf Summit and Andante Trail [ youtube video ]
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May 26 2021
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Submarine RockSedona, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 26 2021
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Hiking3.71 Miles 499 AEG
Hiking3.71 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   2.23 mph
499 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Guru went back to Phx, Ambika had to work so we only had time for a sunset hike once again; altho I did the Brins Mesa Loop in the AM on my own. That little drive into Broken Arrow TH is a tad rough. We headed on out to find the Submarine. I hadn't been on the Submarine since May 22, 2016 with Kelly when we did the Twin Buttes Loop. The trail takes you through typical Sedona landscape including on large areas of bedrock. The local flora seemed fairly healthy except for the occasional dead trees/dried bushes we've seen while here. We were wondering if frost and/or bugs has caused this.

On our way to the Sub we only ran into a hiker with her young dog, otherwise no other hikers/nor bike riders along this hike. We made our way to nearly the back of the Sub and boarded. Other jeep passengers were also aboard as we walked around. The views from here are quite nice of course so we soaked that all in as we made our way NW on the Sub. I got this one picture from one end as Ambika walked toward me and she looks like a little spec; that's how big this Sub is :o .

We got our fill and headed back to the TH while it was still light out. The jeepers were still out and about too altho we wouldn't see them on our trip back to the TH. We saw some hikers above us; assume they were doing the Hogs. There is also this white spot that I could see from the Hyatt that I zoomed in for a photo. Can't tell what it is; looks like it's been painted. This was a nice little hike.

Back at the Hyatt, from our balcony we not so patiently waited for the moon to come up behind the ridge directly in front of us. It took its sweet time and was pretty amazing. Neither of our phone cameras could really capture the scene correctly though so that was disappointing.
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lots of Juniper berries, some cactus blooms and ragwort.
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May 25 2021
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Brins Mesa Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 25 2021
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Hiking5.58 Miles 1,071 AEG
Hiking5.58 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.26 mph
1,071 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Ambika and Guru had to work today so I took out on one of two hikes by myself while in Sedona. I last did this in 2012 (May 19th). I also missed one of the photos that I took in 2012 that I wish I had gotten this time as well [ photo ] . I should learn to re-read my trip reports when I re-do a hike so many years later.

Anyway, I was one of the last vehicles to get a parking spot. There was a line when I arrived; I had forgotten about that too. I started hiking on the Soldier Pass Trail which I think is the easier way to do the "up" part of this Loop. As usual I made the touristy stops at the Devil's Kitchen and Seven Pools. I had forgotten that the rock formation hovering over the Kitchen was called the Sphinx that is also part of the Morning Glory Spire.

Once past the pools there weren't many folks at all. I saw where the Teacup Trail intersected with this one as it is kind of part of the big Thunder Mountain Loop one can take. It was nice hiking in and out of the trees with their limited shade and of course, it smelled great. As I got closer to the turn off for the caves/arches, there were quite a few more people. I would like to get up there someday but I think the ideal time would be when the sun is more to the south and west... for lighting purposes.

I continued on and would mostly be by myself except for 3 other people and their dog. They didn't really have a plan so I told them what I was doing which they eventually ended up doing as well; however, they got ahead of me. The views are just wonderful in every direction really and the climb is gradual except for that last little piece at the end. The mesa is great and is filled in quite a bit more with scrub, mostly manzanita. There are a few fir trees on the north side but the rest has little tree growth that I could see (per the 2006 fire).

I went over to what I call the Blonde Bench rock and hung out there for awhile. There had been others on the bench earlier but I was by myself. The 360 up here is pretty impressive. Brins Ridge/Butte was particularly nice looking today; maybe it's filled in more during the last nine years. Once back over to the trail, it becomes more of a road as you make your way SSE. Once I started down the hill I would start encountering a lot more hikers. It was a little warm so I was glad to be going down this hill altho I was looking into the sun so that wasn't the best for photos. It did seem like each leg of my journey featured a pretty agave and the hill was no exception.

As I reached the bottom the trail widened significantly and the tall trees thickened. Once I made the turn for Cibola Pass the trail narrowed as I made the gradual trek up the Pass. It is worth a glance back to see the rock formations to the east but I couldn't get a decent picture as the light was wonky. Also, my phone camera said it was too hot to take any more photos. I had been taking video also and I think it also didn't like being stuck in the inside of my waist pack rather than the outer pocket.

I headed down the pass and would once again start encountering more people as I made my way over to the TH. There is this one junction with the Jordan Trail where I almost went south instead of north. The sign for Soldiers Pass TH is no longer there. Another couple was a little confused as well but we all figured it out and continued over to the TH. There was now parking spaces available.

I actually did some videos and managed to take three movies full. I have to once again state that the stabilizer on this Ultra 20 phone is outstanding. It's so nice not to have to stabilize the videos like I have to do with my camera.

Part 1 featuring Soldiers Pass [ youtube video ]
Part 2 to the Bench [ youtube video ]
Part 3 from the Bench [ youtube video ]

I have one more report to do from my week in Sedona about my Thunder Mountain Loop high points hike but I'm off to Idaho Montana Idaho. Sadly the only hiking on this trip is picking up the decorations from the three cemeteries around Cottonwood, ID altho I might try to get some walking done around the homestead in MT.
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Agaves budding. Prickly Pear and about three different flowers in isolated areas I couldn't ID
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May 24 2021
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Little Horse Trail #61Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking4.18 Miles 582 AEG
Hiking4.18 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.07 mph
582 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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Both Ambika and Guru are working so we only had time for a sunset hike thus this jaunt out to Chicken Point. This is my second time here this year as I took Mia in February. Another Sedona hike that has a lot of bang for the buck and this late afternoon was no different.

Heading on up we were immediately distracted by all the views but a beautiful Parry Agave and Cypress tree drew the most attention and photographs. A fellow from Wisconsin was passing by and offered to take a group photo, which you know I don't like but my companions said "yes". So in exchange I gave him some additional trail suggestions. We continued on our way still taking in the beauty around us. At the wash we ran into a couple bikers that were wondering where Chicken Point was as they couldn't find it. I told them they should have turned left at the Chapel junction they came from. Their vehicle was at the Chapel so I suggested they go get it via the TH we had just come from so as not to get locked in.

From here it is a gradual up to get you atop the little mesa below the Two Nuns. There was some more flora and trees that we observed as we made our way closer to Chicken Point. Just below Chicken Point there was this agave that was all buds except for one flower. And then to its left was an agave all bloomed out; quite the contrast between the agaves. We made our way on Chicken Point after photographing the agaves every which way :lol: .

We saw the two formerly lost bike riders coming up Chicken Point and then head over to the Hogs Trails. It was a lovely early evening at this point as we ate our snack on the rock at the far end of Chicken Point which was soon interrupted by a Pink Jeep Tour driver who asked us to leave so her clients could get their picture taken. She wasn't very nice about it but we obliged.

Continuing to gripe about how we should have responded we started our way back still taking in the scenery, both land and flora. We noticed this one blob of rock that was still holding on to the side of the lower Nuns formation. Everything else around it was the bare bedrock. We saw the Chapel in the distance thru the trees and a couple homes. I happened to look back and catch the moon just coming out from behind the eastern mountain. Well we went into full paparazzi mode as the moon was bright, beautiful and BIG. We all got some great shots as we tried to make the most of the moment to an already great hike.

We hiked on and soon you could see a little of the Earth's shadow to the south behind Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock. This is a great hike which only has a couple short rough sections. There are lots of little off-shoot trails so you do need to pay attention. It was getting pretty dark by the time we got back to the TH where I talked for a moment with the two bike riders again. They had found their way and were able to complete the route they wanted.

We were unable to get into Mole for a Mexican dinner so we went to Chipotle across from the Hyatt but it was closed at 8. Plan C we headed up 89A west and stopped at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill where I've eaten a couple times and we had a great dinner. The reason I'm telling you about Olde Sedona is they have a Homestyle Chicken dinner like no other and we were quite surprised and delighted. FYI they are open until 10PM. Also, it has been very crowded up here especially on the weekend. We very seldom have been able to get right into any restaurant. The mask requirements have mostly been optional so that was good at least.

WATCH: 3.98 miles. Avg bpm 109, max 147 burning 809 calories. Temp at start 82.3 degrees and 7% humidity finishing at 7:50P
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May 23 2021
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Airport Loop TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2021
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Hiking4.66 Miles 718 AEG
Hiking4.66 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   1.92 mph
718 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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My Calgary friend was unable to use her points for their Sedona Hyatt timeshare so she asked if I would like it and what dates would I be available. After finding availabilities, not only did she get me a couple days, I got the whole week :y: . She called it my retirement present. I sure know how to pick my friends. Anyway, thx to Tina who I will be camping, backpacking, chaleting and backpacking with in Glacier Park toward the beginning of August. Meanwhile, it's a week in Sedona and so far, it's been awesome!

I picked this hike for us to do as a warm-up. Ambika and Guru haven't been hiking much so I thot this would be a good choice with a lot of bang for the buck. But first, we had a great breakfast at the airport's Mesa Grill and then joined the throngs heading down to the eastern saddle of the loop. This is a bit of a rocky uneven trail in parts; seems worse from when I was last here. At the saddle, when I was reviewing the interpretive sign, I noticed they had labeled Courthouse Butte as Cathedral Rock; not sure how long it's been like that.

The trail is a little rugged in places, I forgot about that too. However, the views are as awesome as ever. The trail was very busy with people and dogs, mostly going the same direction as us but some the other way. We would see a few couples twice as I guess they circled back the other way or something. Most everyone was friendly. When we got to the west side the breeze was nice and steady. We did see one small jet come in for a landing.

The last big hurrah is when you near the northwest side to see Capitol Butte/Thunder Mountain almost hit you in the face. The north side is pretty boring but at least the trail is a little nicer. You still have decent views and there are occasional spots of shade. And then there's that 1/2 mile climb back up to the parking lot once you get across the road. The trail was as busy as ever with people of all ages and sizes wanting to get to that little viewpoint above the saddle. I don't think many realized it wasn't just a quick and easy jaunt.

Later that evening, after dinner on our balcony, we went in search of a sunset and ended up at the trailhead for Bell Rock and got some nice pictures.

WATCH: 4.55 miles burning 711 calories. Temp at start 64.3 and 14% humidity finishing at 12:22PM. FYI we ate at the Shorebird Restaurant just down the street; food and service were great. I had a Blood Orange Drop that was quite good :)
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prickly pear were blooming and spotty sego lilys.
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May 21 2021
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve Western Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 21 2021
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Hiking7.75 Miles 1,494 AEG
Hiking7.75 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   2.50 mph
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Whew that west side of 302 is a killer, sheesh. Very few smooth areas, that's for sure.

I was kind of thinking of a slightly bigger loop but that back side climb of Piestewa took a lot out of me. The morning started out chilly and the sky was spitting at me from time to time. It was nice to see those white puffy things with those greyer colored things, even if it wasn't for a very long time. When I woke up this AM I said, what's that smell? It was the lingering smell from what little virga hit the ground.

I got up the hill at the west end of Happy Hour Ridge and then went down the south side and made my way over to the Irregular Link horse shoe trail. I think that trail is laid out so nicely. And when I made it to the western saddle, it was a veritable wind tunnel as I observed the clear air around me including to downtown. I made it to the top and saw a person way above me; guessing he/she bagged the peak and it's quite the peak.

I hooked up with the Freedom Trail 302 forgetting that I would indeed earn my freedom on this one :sweat: ! Well that was five years ago and that hike didn't end very well. Anyway, this 302 is a rough son of a gun in parts. And FYI if you're curious like I am where some of these sayings come from; this one has several attributes if I can quote wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_a_gun Anyway, I made my way up to somewhere on Piestewa and if I didn't have to get back to 38th St, I would have finished it off but alas, I had a few more miles and probably not enuf energy for a summit.

I continued on down weaving through the usual throng of people. I ended up going off balance and slipping, using my recovering broken wrist to brace me. I landed a bit on the side of the hill and fortunately my wrist held up well so I was very pleased. I stayed on 302 taking a little break in some shade before going up the rest of the hill. About 1/2 dozen girls that I had seen going SW were now coming my way saying they had started backwards, ha! They were carrying their water in Starbucks cups but cruised up the hill and were apparently doing the circumference. Since I was doing a loop I went to the east to eventually catch the eastern Perl Charles 1A horse shoe trail and back to the TH. Coming off that north side of 1A is quite rocky.

When the intermittent breeze was blowing it was so pleasant, the temp was nice. The hike took me a little longer than I liked. One of these times I'd like to do a whole big loop around the Preserve so that may be a worthy goal.

WATCH: 7.49 miles. 131 Avg bpm, max 177. Zones: Max 27%, Anaerobic 35%, Aerobic 36% Weight Control 2% burning 1260 calories. Started at 69.8 degrees and 33% finishing at 10:37AM
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saguaros still blooming but waning.
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May 19 2021
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Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar May 19 2021
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Walk / Tour2.24 Miles 14 AEG
Walk / Tour2.24 Miles      39 Mns   3.45 mph
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Guess I could call this Croc walk as that is generally what I wear when I wrap the 'hood. GREAT nite with the constant breeze; kept the sweat cooled off. Picked up the mail; altho I don't know why as I get the most boring mail. Trying to decide where to hike Fri AM since the morning temps will be in the low 60s :D .

WATCH: The numbers for the heart beat or Zone numbers were incorrect (missing data). Burning 180 calories is probably pretty close. Avg cadence 122 with max 136. Temp at start 93.1 with 13% humidity and a nice constant breeze. Finished at 7:36PM.
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May 18 2021
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North Mountain Double, AZ 
North Mountain Double, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 18 2021
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Hiking3.83 Miles 1,234 AEG
Hiking3.83 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   2.64 mph
1,234 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Wanted to do a double to practice elevation. I started from just below the north Ramada and made it to the top in 22 minutes (just to give me something to compare with). It was a bit warmish. LOTS of people and dogs. Took the road all the way to the bottom, with that last little bit at the bottom being quite steep but short. Touched the gate and headed up again. Saw another person walking backward on the little bit that goes north south so I "monkey saw, monkey did". I actually did better than I thot I would at maintaining a fairly straight line and not running into anyone, ha!

The breeze definitely picked up as I waited for me to start losing steam on my way back up to the top but I maintained. I passed by an elderly woman that was walking with her trekking poles altho she didn't really seem to be using them except for balance. Another man ran by me like the breeze, it was a joy to watch as he was light on his feet. Just before reaching the top a couple filmed themselves racing up; should be a cute video. I told them about the older lady that was now coming toward us and she said she was 87 :o . Oh Lord, please let me be able to hike North Mountain at 87. Hell, I'll be happy to still be hiking it by the time I'm 70.

I continued my way down with still lots of people and dogs coming and going. I hiked to where the road meets up with the trail that goes north to the VC and then back-walked partially up the hill, turned and exited down to the parking area. Still felt pretty good; I think that breeze during the second lap made all the difference too. Anyway, good morning for me.

Out of curiosity I weighed myself before I left and when I got back; I dropped almost two lbs. I'm going to have to do that more often to see. WATCH: 3.71 miles. 134 avg bpm, 161 max. (Zones: 48.3% in 5, 13.6% in 4 anaerobic, 32.3% in 3 aerobic and 4.7% in 2 weight control) burning 583 calories. Temp at start 73.3 with 33% humidity finishing at 8:37AM
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May 16 2021
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Apache Vista Double and Apache Wash Loop, AZ 
Apache Vista Double and Apache Wash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2021
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Hiking9.93 Miles 785 AEG
Hiking9.93 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   3.22 mph
785 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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After missing what I wanted to really do out here last week, I thot I would try and get it right. My issue was the trail is not called Apache Wash Loop but just Apache Wash. I got up at 6AM :o and arrived at a pretty busy trailhead parking lot. Started walking about 6:45AM (RS said 11:43PM) without my water so had to go back for that.

Headed up the Sidewinder Trail and once again had to take a picture of the blooming Ironwood which would certainly be the theme for the day. I did my loop up Apache Vista and got a little sick, I think from the Clif Bar I had for breakfast. Headed back down the Sidewinder to Apache and crossed the wash where you start going North. There is a junction where you can take a connector over to the other side (east) of Apache Wash Trail which I would end up taking on my way back.

I double checked the route as I wanted to make sure I was on the trail I wanted to be. This is really a great trail being so close to the wash for almost the entire route north. I saw a coyote gallop in front of me but he got pretty far away before he stopped. Speaking of galloping, I ended up intrigued by a horseshoe print as I wasn't positive it was from a horseshoe despite other prints of a regular horseshoe. Still not sure if it was a print from a horseshoe but it couldn't have been a shoe as there was only one print, never two per se. I did take a picture for your opinion.

The blooming Ironwoods were showing off something fierce so I obliged by capturing photos of them in their glory. It's such a pretty contrast with the greens and golds and blue of the sky. Lots of bike riders on this trail with most coming toward me including four in a bike patrol; had never seen a bike patrol out here before. The area to the right of the wash opens up into this very large landscape. To the left (west) of the wash is that same fence that pretty much seems to surround the preserve. Wasn't sure how far I was from Carefree Highway but soon I was hearing the cars so knew I was near. You're just south of 24th Street and it looks like there is a gate opening if you want to get to the highway. However, there is another connector trail option one can take before getting near the car noise.

It's interesting to note that on this northern part of the trail you are walking through Paradise Valley as you crossover to Paradise Wash. I was glad to finally be away from the car noise as I now headed south and continued to enjoy the nice views. This trail is great for runners plus it's pretty plush for a desert. I would continue to encounter bike riders and as I got close to the north connector I would start seeing more hikers too. I decided I would try to get the south connector over so that I could do Apache Vista Peak from the west side to make a nice double. On my walk back I would catch a bit of a breeze now and then which made the hike much more enjoyable. I was getting hungry and thirsty by now too, nonetheless, I got the peak done. I added the western walk on the Ocotillo Trail to circle back to Tonto 3.

WATCH: 9.73 miles 127 avg bpm 161 max. Zones 12.3% in 5, 45.6% in 4, 40.2% in 3 burning 1212 calories. Starting temp 64.3 and 25% humidity finishing at beer time... well close enough 9:58AM; after all, it was a coffee beer.
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Ironwoods and saguaros were all blooming and prolifically. A few buds and flowers on the barrel cactus.
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May 14 2021
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Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2021
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Hiking3.04 Miles 465 AEG
Hiking3.04 Miles      59 Mns   3.14 mph
465 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Clockwise. 1/2 dozen hikers, 3 dogs including one that thot I might be a bear which happens occasionally - might be because of my hat and I'm tall? Nice breeze when hiking into the east. Gonna be nice on Sunday.

WATCH: 2.94 miles, 130 avg bpm with max of 166 which once again I think is high and caused by a blip at beginning of hike so based on the graph, looks more like 150 bpm. Zone Percentages 26.3 in 5, 38.6 in 4, 34.4 in 3 burning 383 calories. Starting temp 78.8 with 15% humidity ending at 8:27AM
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May 13 2021
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Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar May 13 2021
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Walk / Tour1.98 Miles 12 AEG
Walk / Tour1.98 Miles      35 Mns   3.39 mph
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Crocs, clockwise, picked up mail. About 1/2 dozen folks out and 3 dogs. 119 avg bpm, Heart rate zones 6.3% max, 8.9% zone 4, 84.9% aerobic. 4204 steps with avg cadence 120, max 131 burning 196 calories finishing at 7:30PM. Temp at start 96.7 and single digit humidity of 7% = pretty nice.
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May 11 2021
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Shaw Butte Towers Loop and Cloud 9, AZ 
Shaw Butte Towers Loop and Cloud 9, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 11 2021
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Hiking4.20 Miles 1,024 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   2.86 mph
1,024 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Day 11 of a twelve day record for me of either gym class or hiking. Yep, I'm liking this part of my retirement. Got up 15 minutes before my 6:45 alarm, visited with the neighbor for a few minutes and then headed to the Central Ave TH for Shaw Butte. It's been a long time since I've parked here (Dec 2017), let alone in the AM.

It's always tough to start your hike on a hill until you build a little rhythm. I started sweating immediately; so annoying. Made decent enough time up I think. I do feel stronger but then of course, I'm only wearing my waist pack so I might be deceiving myself a bit. Was surprised there were as many folks on the trail and the usual mixture of leash less dogs and poop bags.

I looked for the smoke near the Crown King area; it wasn't billowy like Sun AM. I wrapped the towers noting the smaze around the valley altho not bad toward downtown. I headed down the paved hill and over to the western towers, wrapped them and debated not going to the restaurant as it seemed warm. However, the breeze picked up a bit and there was some shade on the road to Cloud 9 so I changed my mind and took a quick visit over there. I always like the view from there and can only imagine how awesome it was to be sitting at the bar.

I headed back to the TH via the paved hill that doesn't seem that long in your head until you start climbing it with the steepest part being at the end. I did notice the same hummingbirds and a guest were flying around the lavendar. Oh, I also saw a couple squirrels. Only one hiker with a mask today; usually there is more in this area. I have noticed a lot of stores now have masks as optional; it's nice not to have to slap yourself mentally because you forgot your mask.

Near and at the TH is the previously noted signs about a closure of the TH and lower Tower Trail May 17-22 (or could be 21st). And now time to go get my Frozen Cappuccino, too early for a beer :( .

WATCH: 4.19 miles. 135 avg bpm, 166 max. 44% Zone 5, 28% Zone 4, 28% Zone 3 burning 605 calories (I think it should be more for the uphill, can't quite decide how it determines calorie burn as it seems it's based more on steps). Temp at start 69.8 and 20% humidity finishing at 8:42AM.
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May 09 2021
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Phoenix Sonoran Preserve N Highpoints - Apache, AZ 
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve N Highpoints - Apache, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 09 2021
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Hiking7.88 Miles 976 AEG
Hiking7.88 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   3.22 mph
976 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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I actually got started 15 minutes earlier as I managed to get up at 6AM :o , first time I've gotten up that early for a hike in a long time. As I was driving to the TH I saw a thick narrow and low haze to the east and north and then I smelled smoke. I was thinking I may have to change my hike plan but fortunately, I didn't smell it at the TH as it already seemed to be dissipating. Some of the hot air balloons flew right over the Sonoran Parkway so I tried to get some pics. I also got some pics of the balloons to the east before I started my hike and you'll be able to see that haze. Sure was weird.

Well this route wasn't exactly what I had in mind as I actually wanted to do the Apache Vista Peak and then the Apache Wash Loop. Instead I ended up doing the highpoints with Apache Wash.

I was pleased that it was still pretty cool when I started my counterclockwise hike up the Sidewinder Trail altho there was minimal breeze. I climbed up Apache Vista Peak which is a piece of cake for me at this time; guess I should enjoy that feeling. Ridgeback would be the same :) . On my way down I heard a Hang Glider and then I saw it and grabbed some photos, and then another showed up so I was able to get the twofer shots.

After coming off the west side of the Sidewinder I took the Apache Wash Trail north. This was my first time on this trail which really is surprising considering how much I've hiked out here. I really liked this Apache Wash Trail as it goes in and out of the wash as it heads east and then North to join up with either the Apache Wash Loop or a Connector to the Sidewinder which is what I ended up doing. It was then that I decided to do the Ridgeback.

I connected up with the Sidewinder Trail and took it to the junction with the Ridgeback Trail. There was a nice breeze until I started up the side of the mountain. Got to see a couple beautiful horses with their riders. I got up the hill and Ridgeback Overlook Trail peak fairly easily. The two switchback corners are surprisingly long for corners. At the junction with the Ocotillo Trail, there were three columnar saguaros with blooms on their sides so I got some photos.

On my way down I debated going back via the Apache connector and do the Sidewinder east over to the TH. I figured I better take advantage of these temps while I can so I did do the additional mileage but didn't do the Peak. It was a little warmer than I like and I was thinking about that Prickly Pear beer; even though it was before my 9:30 timeline but with another mile or so it would be 9:15 so close enough :D .

WATCH: 7.62 miles. 133 avg BPM, 158 max. 28% in Zone 5, 45% in Zone 4, 24% in Zone 3, 2% in Zone 2 burning 991 calories (Frozen Cappuccino coming my way!). Temp at start 64.3 and 34% humidity (felt that for sure) finishing at 9:14AM.
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Saguaros and Ironwoods were blooming as were a few Compass Barrels and some Palo Verdes.
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May 07 2021
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Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 07 2021
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Hiking3.35 Miles 476 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles   1 Hour   6 Mns   3.09 mph
476 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Parked down the hill. Counter clockwise. Seemed warmer at start but then was better about 20 minutes later. Saw about 10 hikers, 1 lizard and a bird couple (couldn't get a picture). Per usual, a little breeze on the east side. Extended hike a bit but adding a little loop back to Tonto 3 from TH.

WATCH: 3.27 miles, 131 avg bpm, 159 max. 22.5% at max, 49.6% anaerobic, 26.3% aerobic, 1.6% weight control burning 431 calories. 73.3 temp and 20% humidity at start finishing at 8:46AM.
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Saguaros are blooming.
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May 03 2021
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loop clockwise, AZ 
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loop clockwise, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 03 2021
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Hiking6.68 Miles 1,192 AEG
Hiking6.68 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   2.84 mph
1,192 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to get a little elevation in today and also take advantage of the mild morning temp. It seemed a bit humid for the first mile. As usual I didn't quite take the path I wanted to hook up with 8 but I got there. I never seem to take the same trail. There was some shade as I got closer to the west side of the eastern mountains. This trail is a little rocky and since I've been spoiled with hiking in the Sonoran Preserves, it was a bit annoying. Made it up to the saddle and then enjoyed the new switchback they have taking you down the south side. It's not really new but I remember the old deep ditch so well.

And then it was up the old road with its little ditches or deep ruts to the pavement that takes you to Ruth. I still miss the old gate for the house; a new gate has still not been put in but I don't know that anyone lives there anymore. It looks like some structures may have been removed. The satellite visual still shows it with the old gate.

I always like Ruth's trail. I see they have closed off the one little hill to the left (southwest). I decided to head to the top of Ruth's trail before backtracking to go down 8A. There were a few people along the way before I climbed into the deep wash where I encountered a long garter snake that was taking its time getting to its rock cave. Headed out of the wash and west to 304 to VOAZ. There is this one area with saguaros that I always admire and there was some low lying saguaro blooms that I started to take pictures of and then a hummingbird came. I was surprised to see when I got home that I got two good pictures.

Now to head up 304 and crossover to VOAZ. I felt pretty strong and thot back to certain times when these climbs would seem harder and take me longer. Now I almost enjoy them. Not that this was a tough climb by any means. Over I went and down around and over to the north side and up and over and around to the TH. However, as I got to the saddle of the first of those north hills the bees fired up and I heard them off and on for about another 1/2 mile or more. One of these times when I come over that last hill I'm going to run down to Kathy and Karl's for a break.... I'd call first. Along the way (36th St area) I see they now have a new fence and posted private property where someone has put in a nice desert oasis of some sort.

Other observations: Seemed lightly hazy all the way around in the distance. The most hummingbirds I've seen on a hike, about 7 or 8. It seemed to be no leash day. However, I was impressed with this one fellow and his leash-less dogs as they pulled off the trail and he asked them to sit and they did. But I think the dogs seemed a little tired. Nonetheless, never seen anything like that before.

I enjoyed my Grand Canyon Brewery Prickly Pear beer at 9:30; very refreshing. Then on the way home I got fuel for Tonto 3 and fuel for me in the form of a frozen cappuccino which I haven't had in ages. They also remodeled the Q-T. I seem to go inside much less since I retired.

WATCH: 6.5 miles. 129 avg bpm with a max of 152 bpm. 25% at Zone 5, 41% at Zone 4, 30% at Zone 3, 3% Zone 2 burning 845 calories. Starting temp 66.1 and 29% humidity finishing at 9:29AM.
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saguaros blooming, a few barrels blooming
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May 02 2021
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Phoenix Sonoran Preserve N - East Side, AZ 
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve N - East Side, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 02 2021
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Hiking8.00 Miles 282 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   3.08 mph
282 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to do another Owl Checkup. After traffic delays I got started a little after 7AM. It turned out to be a glorious hiking morning with great temps and a nice breeze the entire way.

As suspected, the south nest was empty. One of the hikers I had run into previously was out there so I talked with her a bit before going to the north nest which was occupied by the owlets but no mom. It was hard to get photos as they were low in the nest. I circled it completely trying to get a better angle but to no avail.

Since the south nest was empty I decided to continue north and come back on the Cliff Walk Trail. I crossed the large wash below the cliff and headed up onto the trail. I was trying out my new PocketPod holder on my phone as holding it by hand and filming while hiking is not very comfortable. However, I was having trouble keeping the horizon level so I'm not sure yet how well it will work. It is surely a lot easier to have the phone on the handle (not a selfie stick).

I stopped to take a picture with my camera of a cactus wren when I heard a scream. Three other hikers had come upon a rattler and two ran back quite a ways before they stopped :lol: . The other gal pointed it out to me; it was hard to see below the bush. I tried to walk by but it hissed at me rather vehemently and stuck its tongue out so I just took a couple pictures. For whatever reason, all of a sudden there were more hikers and bike riders so I continued on my way.

I came upon the Badger connector so I decided to add that to my hike. It's a pretty trail in the middle. However, as it turned out, I'm not sure that I was on the same part of it as I had been previously as I eventually came upon that rusty fence like they have along the preserve. I don't recall seeing that before so that's why I think I was on a different section. It seems I took the South Cliff Walk Badger Connector which causes you to miss part of the Cliff Walk. Anyway, I enjoyed it and was sufficiently entertained other than it gets a little too close to the road.

It's interesting terrain as you make your way back to the Apache Wash Loop. Just before the TH I saw a couple birds working on a saguaro bloom so I took quite a few pictures of that. It was interesting to watch and when I got home to see the pics, I got a few good ones, even with 30x zoom. If I hadn't been hungry I would have done the Apache Vista Peak but opted to use the Ocotillo Trail to take the long way to Tonto 3. It was busy as was expected but got me to the 8 mile mark anyway.

The trails were sufficiently crowded with hikers and bikers, not too many dogs. I enjoyed my beer and the cool temps. I was just so happy with how nice it was today. I haven't done a video for a while so here is the link using LosDosSloFolks music: [ youtube video ]

WATCH: 7.84 miles, 124 avg bpm, 163 max. 4% at max, 45% at anaerobic, 43% at aerobic and the rest at Zone 2 (weight control) burning 1047 calories. Temp at start 69.8 with 19% humidity.
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Saguaros blooming; not sure they count as wildflowers exactly. Some Palo Verdes are still in bloom but waning.
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Apr 30 2021
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Hood Walk, AZ 
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Walk / Tour avatar Apr 30 2021
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Walk / Tour2.23 Miles 14 AEG
Walk / Tour2.23 Miles      39 Mns   3.43 mph
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Counterclockwise in crocs; has an interesting ring to it :lol: . Three dogs, 4 kids (two on bikes), one mom, two couples. Smelled nice out. Another house is being re-roofed. Got the mail.

WATCH: 112 avg bpm, 132 max bpm. 3.6% Zone 4, 74.1% Zone 3 (aerobic), 21.9% Zone 2 burning 204 calories using 4848 steps with avg cadence of 121, max 132. Temp at start 93.1 with 11% humidity finishing at 7:07PM
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