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Nov 26 2020
joebartels
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2020
joebartels
Hiking12.15 Miles 3,615 AEG
Hiking12.15 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   2.92 mph
3,615 ft AEG      27 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
 
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Took advantage of an invite to Lp-Trekkin-Turtle's annual Turkey Trot. I layered up for the sub fifty arctic temps. Down to standard desert attire in a couple of miles. Exceptional company and postcard weather made this year better than anticipated.

The desert seemed greener heading east, and the skies were deep blue heading back west. Distant mountain ranges cast a nice allure. Enough time for a slice of Pie on the way home.
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Nov 07 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ben Avery - Arches - Indian Spring Petroglyphs, AZ 
Ben Avery - Arches - Indian Spring Petroglyphs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2020
joebartels
Hiking12.03 Miles 1,222 AEG
Hiking12.03 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.34 mph
1,222 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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A parliament of owls continuously moving forward in the trenched ravine was probably a once in a lifetime experience. No photographic evidence of the group so I'm skeptical myself.

As learned with BobP, sweet-talking the cholla is key for desert off-trail. No clue if verbal respect helps you focus, but it's proven.

Fantastic Sonoran exploring.
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Oct 17 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ 
Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
joebartels
Hiking18.41 Miles 3,514 AEG
Hiking18.41 Miles   8 Hrs   29 Mns   2.47 mph
3,514 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
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I took my own advice from last year to utilize an established trail in this mini figure-eight loop. Then I gambled on switching the direction of travel. It's a rare treat going against the grain with such success. The light followed us nearly throughout the day. The foliage symphony crested on one of my favorite trails.

North Mingus Trail #105
We descended since Denny snubbed us. Two short maple pockets with fair color.

Bug Hollow Trail #548 & Upper Mescal Trail #550
Oaks were turning, but I enjoy these anytime. Horseshoe Bend hikers(cough) would call these yawners.

Middle Trail #537
We adjusted the planned route to include the half we never previously hiked. It's an old road in a forest of dense slender pines. Most of which appear to be tagged for thinning. I appreciate dominant pine stretches more in the summer but liked the change of scenery today.

Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037
I'm a huge fan of oaks and this trail. After years of dreaming about Gaddes' prime foliage potential, it was incredible. Probably as good as I'll ever experience.

Coleman Trail #108
We usually descend this to get it over with, with less effort. Rocky up top and blazing sun exposure on the slope are the gripes. Even ascending, this was more enjoyable than usual. Time to let go of the old grudge when the slope was a brushy nuisance.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Extreme oaks in areas if instamaple opioids haven't hazed your perception of Autumn.
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Oct 08 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2020
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Hiking6.10 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   2.58 mph
1,300 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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Cutting through the alfalfa field to catch the first bus, is quickest, but I needed a variety. Tried going along the cornfields a couple of times. It's borderline cold at 5 am because the city doesn't wrap around tight. I had to nix that after a couple of times as the only resident has a fierce dog. If Cujo clears the fence, it's bye-bye life.

I have occasionally been catching a ride to skip two buses to the promised land. Re-incorporated mini culture walks that the peanut gallery laughed off. The bungalow neighborhoods downtown Glendale are among my favorite hoods, but it took some trial and error to fine-tune. Slight variations make huge differences on the perimeter. One morning was scarier than walking through south-central on a Friday night.

Apparently, I'm behind on the times. Halloween yard decorations seem to be on the rise. Then again, I missed a lot driving the main streets vs. weaving through the culture. A far cry from the best Halloween ever in Pender, Nebraska, but the occasional seasonal spirit is cool. A nice variety of creative flair too vs. store-bought props. The intriguing part is that several are likely never seen by anyone other than the owners, visitors, and me.

Eyes will roll, but I like it! Returning, I noticed the Glendale Glitter lights went up.

Oh yeah, another trivial lap on Piestewa to boot. Perfect weather, perfect hellos*, planets aligned, and I cranked out my best ascent in eons. Paid the Piper too, burnt my lungs... lol
*smidgen quicker, rapid fire hellos

Passed a guy wearing a Vans shirt, sitting ON a wall! Held back on trying to be witty(yes, a first). I didn't have a clue what the "Off the Wall" slogan meant until I googled it & I don't want to scare off anyone.
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Oct 03 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ 
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
joebartels
Hiking16.70 Miles 2,977 AEG
Hiking16.70 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   2.46 mph
2,977 ft AEG      45 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Shortly after noon on Friday, I got the FS News Release declaring a 100 vehicle limit for Lockett Meadow. With a hike from Inner Basin already planned, we decided to take our chances. If plan-A failed, other hikes in the area would suffice.

The road into Lockett Meadow was busy. A 4WD pickup leading a chain of sedans was hell-bent on keeping us all well-below the suggested speed limit. Cars leaving wasn't promising. The crawl-pace helped build anticipation, increase safety, or prime an excellent backcountry brawl. Parking at Lockett was not limited. Snagging a spot seemed impossible, but Bruce is a pro at squeezing into tight spots. The road never caught my attention until riding in a car. I'm not sure if @louie can negotiate the road or park his 25ft'r. FS says, not recommended. It would seem unwise during Autumnfest, if squeamish, or most importantly, not dry.

We had storybook weather for most of the hike. Autumn color was popping early on then waivered greener up though the nicest aspen-switchbacks in Arizona. Prime-season-hikers loaded the area with little kids, dogs, and hellos. A pinch of avid-to-experienced mini-groups were led with laser vision and grump-charm. Carpooling maximized, the least common denominator was solo hikers, notably sans kiddo/mutt.

We decided to switch up the planned off-trail Rees - Abineau Peaks Lasso Loop for accessible trails. 2020 has delivered the most scratchless hikes ever. Winning! Waterline Road was the most striking color. No oaks, but cooling-down weather, foliage, and company made for a great hike!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Autumn Foliage was fabulous. Color was best along Waterline Road.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
The October wildflower show is light, still impressive a hint exists.
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Sep 19 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Oaks and Willows - Juniper Mesa - Bull Spring, AZ 
Oaks and Willows - Juniper Mesa - Bull Spring, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2020
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Hiking15.06 Miles 2,327 AEG
Hiking15.06 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   2.28 mph
2,327 ft AEG      50 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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The scenery on the drive in still intrigues. The hard-packed road continues to be well maintained for quick travel in any vehicle.

Oaks and Willows Trail #3
Small ankle buster rocks will have the Y-Bar-Haters ranting. A half-mile up, it's wide open, no shade, and dotted with Junipers. Occasional cairns grace the route, in case you can't find the obvious trail. Pretty blue skies to the Northwest brought an ounce of joy to the wildfire-pandemic world. Ray noted several bear scat piles in the first mile and figured they feast on the abundant juniper berries when ripe. Google confirmed black bears do indeed consume juniper berries, learned something new!

1.25 miles up, the big daddy pines put cozy back in play. The refreshing morning weather included hints of cool. Several log pole waterbars still flaunt the green sealant. For your safety, I checked the FS Maintenance Manual. All seemed kosher and to spec. Logs used for waterbars need to be peeled (or treated with preservative), extended at least 12 inches into the bank, staked or anchored, and mostly buried.

Juniper Mesa Trail #20
Unexpectedly stumbled upon the origin of Autumn. The trail is a smidgin faint in areas. Not a single downed tree to negotiate all day. Views off the rim are several miles in, but you can sneak a peak with little effort at a few points. 7.35-miles into our hike we had route finding issues. In hindsight probably more waited-too-long for a break... lol

Bull Spring Trail #100
Heading down the Bull Spring Trail is an eye-opener. It's steep and loaded with ankle buster grapefruit-size rocks galore. They thinned out after a tenth of a mile down. A half-mile down, it gets better. It transitions from rocky, to a slide, to a decent steep trail, to relaxing moderate. Ray said it best... Bull Spring Trail comes in for a soft landing!

Synopsis
Today I enjoyed ascending Oaks and Willows Trail. The most anticipated Juniper Mesa Trail was okay heading out. After a break and returning with the occasional cloud cover, it was better. Descending Bull Spring brought back more memories of the trail and the best continuous distant views.

If you're looking for a short hike, the first quarter-mile up #3 packs a get-outta-phoenix forest rejuvenation. In the slim chance in hell I review old notes, consider an eastern loop with the other trails.

Great hike, every time.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
between light and moderate, unexpectedly moderate if in a few thickets
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Sep 05 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hutch Mtn Loop via Old-n-New AZT 28, AZ 
Hutch Mtn Loop via Old-n-New AZT 28, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2020
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Hiking18.69 Miles 2,227 AEG
Hiking18.69 Miles   8 Hrs   1 Min   2.72 mph
2,227 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Catclaw and wicked-AEG free, this hike loaded with pines seemed like a good choice in the continuing record heat. Occasional cloud cover and breezes helped. Hutch Lookout is the highlight most seek. Albeit half forest roads, I enjoyed the loop once. Pines and oaks are the show. The area was busy as expected for Labor Day weekend.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Lane Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Beautiful looking tank

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Look bone dry from a hundred yards away

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Actually looked a little clear

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Looks like 10%
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Aug 26 2020
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Humphreys Shuttle - Lockett Meadow to SnowbowlFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2020
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Hiking13.38 Miles 3,567 AEG
Hiking13.38 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.24 mph
3,567 ft AEG      22 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Interested in a smaller hike, Ray offered to shuttle a more relaxed weather hike! Humphreys is a must-hike ritual of summer.

Half of the summit parking lot is ribboned-off no entry. The right side was a third full. Heading up, skies were hazy. Perfect temps and a light breeze put the 40% chance of thunderstorms to rest. I brought an umbrella, a raincoat, and hand warmers because this one time with Wally was a numbing experience.

Passing over Philomena below, I said hello to the spring few visit. On that note, I stumbled and threw the tester RS iPhone across the sharp-edged volcanic boulders. Not a scratch, and it still recorded a perfect track while Android coughed up loogies.

Not a hint of snow on the Weatherford switchback. Boo, hoo. Passing Fredoylemont Saddle, I love the character-rich pine-lined trail. Yeah, it's just a crappy old road, but it's an enjoyable and memorable experience. I met up with Ray just before the Inner Basin junction. We had a nice hike out.

I witnessed among the lightest hiker traffic I recall on #151 and #29 trails. Average turnout is the new normal! The road to Lockett Meadow is the standard no-concern condition unless bringing the weekend lowrider.
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Aug 25 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2020
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Hiking5.50 Miles 1,348 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   32 Mns   3.14 mph
1,348 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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106-111°
Felt much nicer than the humid mornings. Breeze was key. Sun blocking haze was a bonus, unfortunately at the expense of the last sliver of flora life in the Superstitions.

The RS Android anti-scribble-filter held through an indoor and overhang break. Today with the break setting turned off as now that will just disable the audio portion. Changed Audio on iOS beta as lock screen music controls were odd on recent build. Will push both to beta tonight. Might be a while until release as I'll research and test an easier user friendly way to disable Android battery optimization than a screenshot.
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Aug 24 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.35 Miles 2,663 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.14 mph
2,663 ft AEG   1 Hour   37 Mns Break
 
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I've never been in a forest fire but walking in the park smells and sort of looks like there is a huge fire somewhere near. Later at the summit realized it was the Superstitions fire.

Shocking success on a new anti-scribble-filter I created for RS. Got Android to record near iOS results. Improved latching on to and exiting breaks too, which is key in scribblenomics.

Not holding my breath but Android has also had 5 perfect trips after disabling Android battery optimization as currently hinted to on the Android RS home screen. If I get an 8-month login/security/emoji upgrade out of queue so Denny & Chums can use their shrugging emojis, I'll sleep better. The twin helix encryption with Argon2id to boot is nice too.
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Aug 21 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.60 Miles 1,470 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles
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84°, breezy and humid at the top. Looking to the White Tanks and SoMo, the air seems dense. I can barely see Cardinals Stadium. After a break at the top and dried out, dare I say it's a pretty darn lovely morning? Nope, returned to a sweaty mess finishing up! On the bright side, I redeemed a missed hello from yesterday. It was tearing me up inside. I could barely sleep with the burden of a social snubbing. It was not busy for a Friday morning.
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Aug 20 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.70 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.36 mph
1,400 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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Scary humidity before sunrise. Standard horrible thereafter. Held a good pace ascending. I relaxed while drying out before descending. Dennis arrived like he just stepped out of a swimming pool. Naturally, I razzed him about his cotton shirt. I like cotton, but shaffing makes it a screamer.

Will is back in the mornings and full of energy. Think 50 yr old dad with the personality of a 15 yr old cheerleader or Johnjay on wicked speed. Which means some school has started. The morning crowd has dwindled for a few weeks. Autumn's time slot shifted earlier sans Kris.

Finally got the names of Lupe and his wife, Anita. She doesn't speak English, tags behind a hundred yards, even on 110° afternoons, and is the kindest hello on the mountain. Lupe is the nice guy that wears the ball cap with neck-face flaps like Nikki. Always happy and offers up a fist bump rain or shine.
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Aug 19 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Lost my quick-dry ball cap earlier in the week on a bus, so I'm trying a new skirted quick-dry ball cap. Ugly as hell, but it might be beneficial being out in the sun so much. Seems like a fair solution verse my huge Ultra wide brim hat that just will not fit well in my fanny pack... lol

Few understand the pressures of a fashion model. I figure if I stumble upon a pack of judgemental high schoolers, they'll shoot me and put me out of their visual misery. It has a face skirt attachment, but I probably won't be using that soon.

I had second thoughts of wearing this head blanket at 114 degrees, so I tried soaking it in the water at the fountain. Then I realized it's semi-waterproof... lol.

Older models of Android got an update about a month ago, which caused two significant issues with Route Scout. I've been working on it ever since.

First, I noticed sometimes it would stop recording and refuse to accept new point data soon after beginning. Found and applied a workaround solution that has been positive for a couple of weeks now, so I'm sending it out to Beta.

The second part of the issue is Android occasionally stops because Android 10 stopped allowing apps to reboot themselves on termination. It's not an issue on iOS because they don't optimize the battery like they're losing the mobile OS war.

For myself, it's about 1 out of 5 hikes. Unfortunately, this is out of my hands without rewriting 12,900 lines of code, which is tough to take the plunge based on a lack of respect from several RS users. I am currently testing a few manual settings. Far from optimal asking a user to set, but we'll see.

On a positive note, I experienced more accurate waypoint distance reporting for the first time. Typically it's 50 feet off but seems 40 feet closer today.
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Aug 14 2020
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Hiking8.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
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Friday Jubalency
Cut through the alfalfa field to catch the bus. Who are these people with pet roosters in the city?

If you have been deprived of upper city public transit, you miss the culture where worker trucks crowd parking lots with ice vending stations. No food truck today, but the breakfast burritos are a religious staple for the Mon-Thurs workforce.

A slight breeze and it feels dryer, quite lovely heading into the park.

Parking is backed up a half-mile down to and across Lincoln Drive every morning now, but the park is practically empty by 8 AM.

Sure feels like a gorgeous morning. Considering yesterday was the worst sweat bath of summer, hope is just another four-letter word.

Body language sings Friday at the top.

A little old lady, the spirit of the mountain, has such a polite way of referring to the discarded masks... oh look, they found the weight unbearable.

Based on a scream near the restrooms, somebody saw an alien, a smurf, or an unflushed toilet.

Pre and post-hike stretching routines are interesting, if not comical.

Observations came to a halt at the top of my second lap. Slipped. Fell. Slid. Happy to stop. Then I realized my left, already gimp, hand broke the fall. Concerns galore but relieved to have very limited use five days later now.
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Wildflowers Observation None
Perhaps one of the reasons stinknet thrives is seed distribution. I still pass a dried skeleton in a high traffic area.
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Aug 13 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.16 Miles 2,517 AEG
Hiking6.16 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns   2.16 mph
2,517 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break
 
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Muggy as hell heading over, not so bad once at the park. Yellow smog layer over downtown Phoenix, luckily cleaner air in North Phx.

The young guns were out in force. Nothing like yelling and blaring trail music in the morning. Expected. The waves of hikers on the left if-easier do challenge my kindness at times.

Humidity like this morning gives summer a bad reputation.

For anyone that missed this exciting 49-minute Awards Video
20:02 to 21:40 is a worthy ponder, naturally her voice cracks on "bridge" as she gets emotional
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Aug 10 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.34 mph
2,500 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Hints of Autumn and moon shadows in the alfalfa field walk to the bus. Impressive how the temps through the tiny two-acre field drop in the middle. On the flipside neighborhood, several roosters crow every morning. Which is cool since they're far from home.

At the summit, something we haven't seen all summer... clouds. The unexpected shade and pseudo chill put a zip in my decent and second summit. The broiler returned but chit chat about the brief phenomenal cooldown of summer had everybody and their mother babbling up a storm.
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Aug 08 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Aug 08 2020
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Hiking15.00 Miles 5,900 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   9 Hrs   10 Mns   1.95 mph
5,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Chilly 82° to start, jumped to 97° at the beginning of the second. Usually have a good first or second lap, not today. In the third, I put 5150 on the headphones for a mental boost.

No idea what LSD is like but mid-afternoon heat-hallucinations kicked in. An Air Force kid said he was a weapons mechanic. Guessing that's not repairing single-use bombs. Later dazed off in a sunny daydream with Kenny Loggins revving up to the Ranger Zone. Decided to take a break!

Passed the Saturday Sith in the fourth. Later than usual heading into the fifth I had to boogie or leave. The early evening regulars provided a better pace. A spot on insult mixed with some encouragement carried me out in time.
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Aug 06 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.00 Miles 2,608 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.24 mph
2,608 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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Hit the early bus which requires sneaking across an alfalfa field. It was cut last week so it's a pleasant stroll. The jungle of weeds on the side are too high and dense to wade now. There was a two-second hint of relief, felt like Autumn as hikerdw said! Dazing off into peaceful thoughts came to a screeching halt with a 111° extended forecast across the board in memory.

Boy howdy was it great to experience dry weather again! I think this is the latest I've been eating cherries in the summer too. Only one batch of Rainier but they sucked so I'm happy with the darker varieties.

Much busier in the sunrise hour vs just last week. School must be on the horizon. The gasp-n-grunt'rs that sound like they're climbing Everest are back. Born a total ass, I zip by eating cherries and yawning.

They've been working on the Mojave & Hopi lot rebuild for months now. Slightly comical to build more ramadas just to be restricted from use. Those lots are typically used for summit parking anyhow. Who knows maybe if the pandemic lets up and the ramadas don't look Straight-Out-of-Compton people will use 'em. They are starting to get a modern feel as the layout takes form.

2 laps, non-swampy, under 90°, early August... plenty of time and ice for more, stuck with enjoyable for a change.
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High humidity without a breeze should be considered the most dangerous thing on earth. Apparently it's been really nice up until today...lol

Chatting with the old guys I got stung by a bee and managed not to scream within the conversation. Still smarts a day later but I think it drops off quickly based on past stings. Luckily under a half doz in my life.
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Hiking8.00 Miles 2,510 AEG
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Shockingly cool with a beautiful red aurora around the Death Star that hung around for an hour. Which was the result of the Apple Fire in the mountains east of Cheech n Chong's ol' hood.

Reading the ingredients of a new variety of my morning juice it's loaded with the juice from purple carrots. Sounded nasty, almost spit it out. Apparently the orange variety is a mutation. Bugs mislead me, dirty ratbit! Contains anthocyanins, which are commonly found in blueberries. Figured it wouldn't kill me... I survived.
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