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Apr 26 2021
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66 female
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hawk Valle Union Tortoise, AZ 
Hawk Valle Union Tortoise, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2021
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Hiking6.10 Miles 973 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   3.00 mph
973 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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After wrist appt hike as it was just up the street from there. They seem happy with my wrist recovery and tell me I'm doing quite well but to expect another several months for it to heal to the point I won't feel the tightness anymore. I do feel the last couple days that I've made a tad more progress; can't wait until I wake up and don't feel like I broke my wrist.

The appt went longer than I expected so I ended up picking up a Subway sandwich and eating it in my car before proceeding on the hike. I had planned on doing the Dixie Mountain Loop in these nice temps but as I got to the junction with Valle Vista, it seemed more humid than I like so I opted for a Plan B and would just do a little loop as I planned on going to gym class later in the afternoon.

As I got to the desert floor which is normally hotter than on the side of the mountain, the breeze was blowing and the temp seemed cooler so I went to Plan B which would be to hike to the junction with the Owl Trail. I encountered about a half-dozen hikers by this time. As I got up to the junction I said, just a little further to get a little more AEG and a short-time later I said, oh what the heck, I'll go to the junction with Union Peak.

I got to the junction and toyed with doing the peak but started to head back and then said, what the heck, it's a beautiful afternoon, let's go for it and go with Plan C which meant the peak, no gym class... and the bonus, a beer at the trailhead👍. The initial grade for this peak is so nice, it's only the last third or less that's steeper and then the roller coaster ridge. The views were clear in all directions which was nice so I took a few photographs.

I headed back to the trailhead via the Tortoise Trail and took some intermittent photos as the filtered lite helped with displaying the scenery more vividly. I saw about 1/2 dozen hikers on the way back, closer to the TH. I talked to one gal about the missing owls; yes, they have flown away.

Another good day on the trail, but how could it not be to hike in the afternoon with temps in the mid 70s and a slightly overcast sky. I did see some saguaros with buds and a few blooms but nothing like last year.

PS I've been watching Jay Wanders Out on youtube as he thru-hikes the AZT and I think he inspires me to hike harder. He does a pretty good job of filming and describing the scenery unlike so many thru hikers that film with the only goal to go fast (get as many miles in a day as they can) and finish without soaking in the environment; but to each his own. It took him over a week to learn to pronounce ocotillo correctly and over ten days to learn how to pronounce saguaro; which was rather amusing and would have made a good drinking game :lol: . He actually edits and uploads videos on the trail. He is finished but I'm only on Day 21 of his 54 day thru-hike.

WATCH: 5.87 miles. 133 avg bpm, 162 max. 26% Zone 5, 54% Zone 4, 18% Zone 3, 2% Zone 2 burning 821 calories (FYI guessing around 220 calories for my Prickly Pear Wheat Ale and 440 in my Hot Fudge Sundae I had after). Starting temp 73.3 with 22% humidity finishing at 2:13PM.
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Apr 25 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2021
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Hiking3.04 Miles 486 AEG
Hiking3.04 Miles   1 Hour      3.04 mph
486 ft AEG
 
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Parked at the bottom of the hill. Lots of hikers and a few dogs this AM on the clockwise loop. Saw a Gila Woodpecker but didn't stay put long enough to get a photo. They've laid a lot of what I call trail rock and I sure find that hard to hike on; no wonder I like the Phoenix Preserves trails a little better.

WATCH: 2.92 miles. 140 avg bpm, 193 max (that doesn't seem right... and it looks like a blip on the screen) 54% max, 26% zone 4, 18% aerobic burning 408 calories. 75 degrees and 17% humidity to start finishing at 9:43AM.
Flora
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Pincushion Cactus
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Apr 24 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Apr 24 2021
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Walk / Tour1.98 Miles 14 AEG
Walk / Tour1.98 Miles      35 Mns   3.39 mph
14 ft AEG
 
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Clockwise. Needed to get the mail. Moon was full. Someone was barbecuing. Cat was playing with a dog. I'm actually a little sore from my double on Friday. I did go to gym class this AM to try and loosen up my quads and the instructor obliged with lots of squats, ha!

Burned 167 calories taking 4375 steps with an avg cadence of 121, max 129. Temp 87.9 degrees and 10% humidity, nice breeze finishing at 7:16PM.
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Apr 23 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ridgeback Apache Vista Peaks Double, AZ 
Ridgeback Apache Vista Peaks Double, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2021
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Hiking8.03 Miles 1,316 AEG
Hiking8.03 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   3.21 mph
1,316 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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came up with this idea as I neared the top of Ridgeback that I would do a double. Yep, I was feeling pretty good after that first ascent. I went back down to the junction with the Ocotillo and turned around and headed back up. After finishing the second summit I headed down the north and west side on the Ridgeback Trail to Sidewinder. It was a SUPERB morning with the lovely breeze; so much so, I decided to double Apache Vista.

The first ascent went well altho I could feel myself slowing a tad. I went back down to the junction with Sidewinder and then back up again. I was glad to be on top and came around a corner when a big breeze hit me in the face; it felt so good. And back to the TH I went still enjoying the great temperature.

I saw three lizards, about 4 bike riders and maybe twenty or so hikers. I've never done a double like this but it's easy as doubles go since they are fairly short; unlike doing a double of say a Shaw Butte or something. Altho I'm thinking North Mountain might be worth a try.
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Apr 22 2021
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Esplanade Trail Owl Checkup, AZ 
Esplanade Trail Owl Checkup, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2021
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Hiking5.15 Miles 193 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.29 mph
193 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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I was excited to be able to do a late afternoon hike. My mission: check on the owls and see if momma was at Nest 1 since I haven't seen her on any of my visits since March 30th. I hadn't done a hike per se since last week's Tuesday so this is a nice warmer-upper. On my way there were quite a few squirrels and a couple lizards. I also saw 3 human couples before I reached the junction with the Esplanade Trail. There was a nice tail breeze which actually had cool air so that was very nice.

At the first nest, no mom. I was able to get a few pictures and they seem to have grown a little. I just think it's odd mom is not around but the other nests I visit the mom is around. I thot maybe if I went in the afternoon I might see her. Needless to say, I hope the owlets are okay. I mean they're still alive and such and I can't tell if they look worse for wear or not.

I continued onto the next nest looking forward to seeing the newest of the owlets. Fortunately they were up and mom was with them. I talked to them like a proud mama myself. They are definitely bigger than a week ago. I grabbed some photos and headed back with another stop at the first nest. The owlets had changed position but still no mom.

A few saguaros have budded out and I saw one bloom. A few buckhorn chollas were also blooming. The breeze on the way back was delightful and I said hello to a rabbit near the trailhead that I've seen before.... well at least in the same area. I only encountered two bike riders the whole hike. Sure like the tread of these trails.
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Buckhorn cholla
Culture
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Cag Shot
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Apr 15 2021
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Morro Bay, CA 
Morro Bay, CA
 
Walk / Tour avatar Apr 15 2021
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Walk / Tour5.00 Miles 227 AEG
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227 ft AEG
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This is a delayed report since it was in April but nonetheless I wanted to add it to the record. I will start by saying, this area is fabulous and most of all, not too crowded for a California beach area. And considering the bang for the buck, you really can't go wrong as not only is the scenery fabulous, there's animals (otters in particular) and great food with some fun geology mixed in. My parents spent the first couple months of their married life here in Morro Bay. We went to the house they lived in as it's still there. The view they had is now housing but still a beautiful 'hood.

We stayed at the Serena Inn, somewhat centrally located at Morro Bay. The Inn was very nice and within walking distance of all sorts of things. There is a hill involved but it's not very tall. The first evening we walked to dinner at the pier and it was the finest dinner at The Galley Seafood Grill and Bar we all had while there . We were able to eat outside under the heaters, yes, it's nippy at Morro Bay in the late afternoon, early evening. The Blood Orange Crème Brule is the finest Brule I've ever had as all the others who had a bite agreed. Before heading back up to the hotel we walked along the pier, it was a beautiful sunlit evening.

Day One: We started from the Otter Viewing area but the otters were not around. We made our way along the pier where we got to witness the catch of the day being sorted which I filmed for a few minutes. That was very interesting; especially the pretty orange fish (can't remember the name but maybe rockfish). We then watched a couple paddleboarders as one fell in. We later learned it was her first time and she said she stayed upright from there on out. We continued toward Morro Rock. As humungous rocks go :yr: .

There is another little area before you reach the beach area where the otters were hanging out so we stopped there to photograph (and movie in my case) for awhile. The lighting was awful though. We then went over to the Pacific Ocean area and watched the waves and few surfers that were out while we continued to warm up our camera shooting techniques. We walked back and did get to watch two otters for a bit before having lunch with a siesta at the Inn before our evening shoot.
[ youtube video ] and [ youtube video ] includes otter action which I filmed a bit with my phone camera just to test it out. In my opinion, the quality level was not the best for this but mostly because I had zoomed a little while filming. However, the otter action is interesting to watch as is the fish sorting.

Evening shoot would involve a walk from Fig Tree Parking off of Highway 1 between Cayucos Point and Estero Bay, north of Morro Bay. There was little over a third of a mile walk to the rocky beach. It was really windy. Everyone kind of picks their area to set up tripods and shoot away. The first shoot is always a little nerve-wracking as you try to figure out what the best shooting settings are for the conditions. I was mostly shooting toward Constantine Rock as there was lots of bird life. Off to my left there was a Great White Heron getting dinner and that was fun to watch as it seems the area was shallow but with the waves, it was hard to tell. From here you could still make out Morro Rock to the SE in the distance as well. The evening shoot would conclude with a beautiful sunset toward Estero Bay.
[ youtube video ] and [ youtube video ]

Day Two: Sunrise shoot that wasn't too early which I always appreciate. North Point Natural Area involved a walk down wooden steps to the beach. It was windy again and the sun wasn't quite up yet which is why we're there. We shot around the beach area and of course, toward Morro Rock. It was nice to watch the sun light up the white capping waves as they rolled into the beach. There were many sand dollars here too. And as the sun further came up it made the green moss glisten on the exposed rocks near the ocean. [ youtube video ]

We had our late breakfast at the Top Dog restaurant where we would eat several times. It was within walking distance of where we were staying and they had a pretty diverse menu for breakfast and lunch. It was the first time I've had avocado toast and yep, it's pretty good. Next we drove up to Elephant Seal Vista Point north of San Simeon. Hearst Castle was on the original April 2020 itinerary but they are currently closed. I still have the catalog my parents had from their visit there seventy years ago :o in 1953. We could see it way up on the hill as we drove by. The Elephant Seal area has a boardwalk for you to walk up and down and observe these very interesting creatures. In one of my videos, I think I caught a little bit of flirting going on out in the water :oops: . [ youtube video ]

After dinner at Taco Temple (California Fusion food), which was excellent, our evening shoot was at Morro Strand Beach. Once again it was really windy. I took the long way around and then got up into the sand dunes and ice plants to shoot Morro Rock.

Day Three: Our sunrise shoot would be at Morro Creek which was on the Pacific Ocean side (north of Morro Rock). I planted myself near the creek outlet where there was a lot of bird action including a heron that decided to check out the creek. The birds would come and go as there was also some people/dog action that made them nervous while the birds were trying to bathe. The sun rose but couldn't bust through the clouds so I was glad for where I shot and it still included Morro Rock and another formation called Pillar Rock. [ youtube video ]

Next stop for the morning would be The Tidelands which was back into the town area along the bay to the south. The pier area is really more along the estuary of Morro Bay. Here we got to watch a heron go for his breakfast so that was great to watch and shoot. There were also lots of beautiful sailboats in the area as we walked the edge of the Park. There was other bird life including singing birds and some beautiful flora. Eventually the sun came out very nicely and exposed the beautiful color of Morro Rock. [ youtube video ]

After late breakfast we would head north out of town to Cayucos Pier where we would shoot surfers, animal life, and the ocean. South of us, Morro Rock was still visible. The highlight of this shoot was the RC surfer controlled by a fellow partially in the ocean. We watched this for several minutes. It was a hoot but a little difficult to film. I'd never seen such a thing; the operator seemed pretty skilled I thot. [ youtube video ]

Once back at Morro Bay at lunch time we went by the Morro Bay T Pier Otter Viewing area and were lucky to watch two otters. One was particularly entertaining so I filmed him wash (2 cycles), rinse (2 cycles) and spin. So I put it to music and made a video which I think turned out pretty good. [ youtube video ] :app:

After lunch, the workshop assistant drove Ambika and me up to the house my parents rented after they were married at 300 Kings Ave. It was cool to see it in person. The neighborhood is really pretty and obviously filled in since my folks left in 1953 as per the pictures they took, they had an almost direct view to the ocean and Morro Rock.

The evening shoot would be back at Cayucos Pier where once again we would be shooting surfers, the ocean and the sunset. This time the surfers were out and close to the pier and the sun was in the right direction so we were able to get some great pictures finishing off with a fabulous California golden sunset. I saw a lady walking her goat and dog at the beach; that's a first. Quite a bit of film coverage of the surfers, they're so fun to watch. There were several long boarders out too and then when the girlies showed up, that was a kick. [ youtube video ]

Day Four was a sunrise shoot at Bayshore Bluffs Park where we were greeted with a deep fog. As you may guess, for a photography workshop, these are awesome conditions. We had some fun views toward the sailboats and the canoes on shore. Here is a 3 minute video: [ youtube video ]

And since we had time to kill before our flight out of San Luis Obispo, we walked around the town via Gum Alley and a brief stop at the Mission. It was amazing how much warmer it was inland. Oh, I had a Cali Squeeze beer at the airport, it is delish! Tried to get some via Total Wine but they were sold out the last time I checked.

As usual, the workshop, besides helping hone my photography skills, gives you a thorough dousing of the area and is why I like going on these workshops. They plan and help execute the itinerary and we just show up. I think the theme of this for me was "fun to watch" :D . Anyway, if you can, try an Arizona Highways Photoscape one of these times. You'll be glad you did. FYI: here is the link to the satellite view of the tracks I made [ Route Editor ] ; you can just click on the track you want to see.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Apr 13 2021
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Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ 
Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2021
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Hiking7.88 Miles 492 AEG
Hiking7.88 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   3.22 mph
492 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to do another owl check before I head out of town. And, of course, the temps would cool here and will be chilly at Morro Bay, CA. I hate that when I go out of town during nice desert hiking temps!

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

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

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

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

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

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

And tomorrow I take off for Morro Bay for a twice delayed AZ Highways Photo Workshop. I'm looking forward to seeing this area as my parents lived here for the first 3 months of their marriage while my dad was finishing off his time at Camp Roberts near San Luis Obispo in 1953. Camp Roberts doesn't exist anymore. Interestingly my dad's older brother and Best Man also served at Camp Roberts during WWII. Anyway, the house they rented is still there, though it's been renovated, so I'm hoping to go by there as it's right next to Morro Bay State Park.
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Apr 11 2021
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Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Apr 11 2021
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Walk / Tour3.12 Miles 14 AEG
Walk / Tour3.12 Miles      54 Mns   3.47 mph
14 ft AEG
 
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I had intended to go for a hike out at the Preserve this AM but didn't get to sleep until late so couldn't drag myself out; plus I've been hiking or going to the gym everyday now for the last two weeks so I used that as an additional excuse not to head out on the local trails and did a 'hood walk instead (clockwise).

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

WATCH: 109 avg bpm, 127 max. 63% at Zone 3, 31% Zone 2, 4% low intensity. Burned 281 calories taking 6552 steps. Avg cadence 121, max 133. Temp at start 82.3 degrees and 11% humidity finishing at 11:28AM.
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Apr 09 2021
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Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2021
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Hiking4.81 Miles 791 AEG
Hiking4.81 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   3.01 mph
791 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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I really only chose this trail so as to visit the owls again. Not much action with the owls, so I continued up the trail and went clockwise. No breeze for most of the hike and the lizards didn't really come out until the last 1/2 of the hike. I ran into a little over a dozen hikers and a few bike riders, most replied back to my "good morning". Stopped to get some more owl photos on the way back down to the TH. And per usual, some long lens cameras were being held by others trying to get photos.

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

Yesterday I got an additional permit for my Glacier trip so instead of hiking straight down from Sperry Chalet we will backpack down for a two-nite stay at Gunsight Lake campsite (and maybe a side trip to Jackson Glacier). While at Sperry we are participating in the guided trip to Sperry Glacier. Anyway, that's pretty good to go two for two on lottery permits. So we'll have a long trek at Glacier from Aug 5 thru the 16th.
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Great Horned Owl
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Apr 07 2021
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Union Peak Loop plus, AZ 
Union Peak Loop plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2021
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Hiking7.49 Miles 1,097 AEG
Hiking7.49 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.96 mph
1,097 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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continuing on my owl check-up I decided to hike in the Phoenix Sonoran South Preserve. I headed up the Hawk's Nest Trail and caught some photos of two owlets and their mom, and then finally the third raised up so I got the family portrait. There were two other photographers there as well as a few other bystanders.

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

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

Here is the 3 minute owl video that includes some more pictures of the owls. The end clip is rather interesting as the older owlet attempts to reposition.
[ youtube video ] Oh, the music I picked is called "Learn to Fly" but it was purely by accident that was the title.
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Apr 06 2021
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Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ 
Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ
 
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Hiking7.80 Miles 631 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   3.21 mph
631 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to get back out to see the owl situation. It was a pleasant morning as I progressed on the Esplanade Trail. The first saguaro on the Esplanade is a mile. I did see a bunny rabbit that posed for a short moment to let me take its photo and admire its purdy ears. It seemed a couple times lizards and birds were crossing the trail before me. Soon I arrived at the first nest and focused my camera on the bigger owlet and was able to work my way around to the other side to get a reasonable photo of them both. Mom was not home. I looked around but saw no other owls.

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

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

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

When I got home I had an email from Glacier Park Backcountry Permit office awarding me one of the more leisurely paced of the permits we requested :y: , this one is doing the Pitamakan-Dawson Loop at Two Medicine. I've hiked part of it. Now hopefully my Canadian friend can still participate as the border situation is still a little tricky, even though she has dual citizenship.
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Apr 04 2021
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2021
tibber
Hiking3.01 Miles 486 AEG
Hiking3.01 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   3.06 mph
486 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Going to cousin Connie's for Easter dinner so need to earn the calories to eat. If you've ever eaten at my cousin's, you would understand as cooking is her passion. Anyway, I parked on the hill below the TH and the hill already had quite a few cars parked. I would encounter almost a couple dozen hikers.

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

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

WATCH: 2.94 miles starting at 66.1 degrees and 26% humidity. 137 avg bpm, 177 max. 41% at maximum, 41% in zone 4, 18% zone 3 burning 411 calories finishing at 8:42AM
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Wildflowers Observation None
faded Fiddleneck, one blooming hedgehog, lots of creosote still blooming
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Apr 02 2021
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Apr 02 2021
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Walk / Tour2.46 Miles 12 AEG
Walk / Tour2.46 Miles      43 Mns   3.43 mph
12 ft AEG
 
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Went to Muscle class this AM for the first time at Mountainside Fitness since I last attended in Oct 2020. Interesting class with basically no cardio; thus a little 'hood walk was in order to burn a few more calories.

around dusk so it wasn't too warm at 86 degrees and 12% humidity. Avg bpm 115, max 133 with almost all of it at Zone 3, Aerobic burning 233 calories. 5236 steps with avg cadence of 119, max 159. Finishing at 7:34PM in the dark.
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Apr 01 2021
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2021
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Hiking2.92 Miles 439 AEG
Hiking2.92 Miles   1 Hour      3.07 mph
439 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Decided to do a hike this AM since nothing was on the schedule except doing laundry.

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

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

WATCH: 2.84 miles. 133 avg bpm, 163 high. 32% max, 40% zone 4, 28% zone 3 burning 399 calories. 80.5 temp and 8% humidity at start, finishing at 11:03AM
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Mar 30 2021
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ 
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2021
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Hiking5.33 Miles 164 AEG
Hiking5.33 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.67 mph
164 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Delayed report as I got stuck in a genealogy research quest. Kelly and I were out on the 29th looking for the owls and were so busy talking I missed the first nest so decided to go back the next day. Greg came along so I knew I wouldn't miss it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH: 7.8 miles. 124 avg bpm 145 max. 1.6% Max, 46% zone 4, 48% zone 3, 3.9% zone 2 burning 950 calories. Temp at start 64.3 and 23% humidity. Temp at finish 10:48AM was 78.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
one patch of miniature Owl Clover, a few Christmas Cholla, a few blooming Hedgehogs.
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Mar 28 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2021
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Hiking4.85 Miles 787 AEG
Hiking4.85 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.97 mph
787 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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wanted to get in a little practice hike before my hike with Kelly tomorrow. The parking lot was full at 8:45 and the hike would reflect that with many humans and dogs of all sizes on the trail throughout. There were several photographers with their giant lenses to shoot the owl nest; not sure why those were necessary as I did pretty good with my 30x zoom as I usually do. I stopped to snap a few pictures and heard there were three babies altho I could only see one. It was pretty big though.

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

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

WATCH: 4.74 miles, 131 avg bpm 159 max. 23% Zone 5, 41% Zone 4, 36% Zone 3 burning 664 calories. Temp at start 56.7 and 28% humidity, finish 75 degrees.
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Mar 27 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Mar 27 2021
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Walk / Tour1.66 Miles 12 AEG
Walk / Tour1.66 Miles      31 Mns   3.21 mph
12 ft AEG
 
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127 avg bpm, 156 max. 24% max, 24% Zone 4, 47% Zone 3, 4% the other two zones burning 188 calories. 3899 steps with avg cadence of 123 finishing at 2:37PM. 75.1 degrees and 19% humidity at start.
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Mar 26 2021
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2021
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Hiking3.52 Miles 573 AEG
Hiking3.52 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   2.97 mph
573 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Counterclockwise starting from the bottom of the hill and crisscrossing the east side of the western humps and back onto the circumference. Windy. 2nd time this week I've had to wear my down vest, 2nd time with no hat and only had to wear sunglasses for a short bit. Really clear day :)! Probably a dozen hikers and a few dogs. Ran into one of the villagers of Grovers and his beautiful german shepherd. Saw a lesser goldfinch couple on the west side and a hummingbird on the east side.

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

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

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

WATCH: 2.49 miles 128 avg bpm, 143 high. 7% Zone 5, 56% Zone 4 and 37% Zone 3 burning 300 calories. Temp at start 60.7 degrees and 40% humidity (didn't feel that high but I suppose that was because of the breeze).
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
some barrels and creosote are blooming. some Fiddleneck and those little white flower topped stems I call popcorn flowers. a few Brittlebush. Heh, we gotta take what we can get this year. One good thing, no Stinknet!
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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