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Mar 10 2019
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Pipe Spr to Dripping Spr - Newberry Mtns., NV 
Pipe Spr to Dripping Spr - Newberry Mtns., NV
 
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Hiking5.10 Miles 907 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   1.60 mph
907 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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This area is off Christmas Tree Pass near Laughlin, Nevada. The next big drainage to the north is Grapevine Canyon, well-known for its petroglyphs. Oddly, Pipe Springs Canyon, where we started, is not the same as Pipe Spring Canyon, less than 5 miles to the north. Only the difference of an "s" in their names. We hiked that one a couple of weeks ago.

Typical of the Newberry Mountains, we found several interesting granite outcroppings. Although a lot of the hike was easy wash-walking, there were a few dicey sections of climbing.

I almost got a photo of a striped gecko. Close doesn't count, I guess.
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The big wildflower bloom right now seems to be at a lower elevation. Maybe this area will catch up in a couple of weeks. It was covered in snow during the last storm.

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Mar 06 2019
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Lake Havasu Boat-in Hike, AZ 
Lake Havasu Boat-in Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2019
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Hiking1.32 Miles 433 AEG
Hiking1.32 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   1.24 mph
433 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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From a BLM boat-in campsite across from Parker Dam, I hiked to the top of this hill, which had a very nice view from the top. I could see up the arm of the lake known as Bill Williams River (where the lake inundates the original creek bed). I could see Parker Dam, which impounds the Colorado River, creating Lake Havasu. And I could see up the lake (or upriver, if you prefer) quite a distance.

A friend and I camped a couple of nights at the boat-in campsite. There are over 100 of these sites on the Arizona side of the lake, south of the city. They mostly all have pit toilets, picnic tables, trash cans, a bit of Bermuda grass lawn, a sandy beach, etc. Very comfy. $10 a night into the "iron ranger." Unlike Lakes Mead and Powell, Lake Havasu is never maintained at a super low level. It is basically always full. This makes it a much more pleasant place to visit--no bathtub ring, no nasty, goopy beaches full of dirty silt. Here are some nice sunset photos and a triplog about the camping and paddling part of the adventure: [ photoset ]

Lake Havasu State Park also shares some territory in this area. It looks as though I hiked into the park land from the BLM land.
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Mar 05 2019
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Bill Williams River & Lake Havasu Kayak Camp, AZ 
Bill Williams River & Lake Havasu Kayak Camp, AZ
 
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Kayak13.06 Miles
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This paddling (see GPS route) was over a couple of days. I went on a very relaxed two-night campout on the lake with a friend, who turned out to not be feeling very well, and wasn't up to doing much kayaking at all, just wanted to sit in camp and read a book. So, after setting up the camp in one of the "boat-in only" BLM campsites on the lakeshore, ($10 a night, paid in an iron ranger) I paddled up to Bill Williams River by myself on the first day, the 5th. On the second day I paddled the opposite direction with the idea of inspecting all the other BLM boat-in campsites nearby, to see which ones were particularly nice. I also spent a lot of time reading a book and playing my ukulele in camp. Very relaxing and enjoyable, except for the lack of shade. We put up a tarp, which helped a lot. We had a nice time, it just was not as active as I would have preferred.

Here's the hike I took on the second day of the camp-out: [ photoset ]

Bill Williams River is part of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. People do rave about the place. (If you know me, you know I'm usually immune to other people's ravings.) If you are a very serious birder, have oodles of patience and very good binoculars it is worth visiting. Many, many species have been seen there. But as a pure paddler's destination, it's way too short. It's pretty, but nothing to really rave about, in my opinion. There's nowhere to get out of your boat and stretch out on a beach, unlike the rest of Lake Havasu. No place to park the boat and go for a hike, unless you want to crash through a whole bunch of mud and brush. And a serious paddler is going to say, "is this it?" because it's only two miles long!

And calling it a "river" is a misnomer, really. It's an arm of Lake Havasu. There used to be a small desert creek which flowed in that area, called Bill Williams River. But the lake has drowned it. Further upstream, you can backpack down the Bill Williams River below the Alamo Dam. They let water out of the dam at a steady rate to create an unnatural riparian area that would not exist if it weren't for the steady stream of water. But further down the drainage that water seeps underground. The two areas, upper and lower Bill Williams River, are not easily connectable, even on foot, because there is a ranch in the middle.
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Feb 28 2019
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Bike Tour to Lake Mohave, NV 
Bike Tour to Lake Mohave, NV
 
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Mtn Biking46.39 Miles 2,348 AEG
Mtn Biking46.39 Miles1 Day   4 Hrs   24 Mns   
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This was a two-day camping tour on my mountain bike, all on pavement, pulling a one-wheel BOB trailer, from Avi Casino, Nevada, to Laughlin, NV, then up the river path. This paved path crosses Davis Dam into Arizona. From there I rode to Katherine Landing, which is on Lake Mohave, in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. I camped in the South Campground there.

This was kind of a test of this equipment, and of myself. It turned out to be pretty hard for me, especially on the second day, when I was already tired, and had three long hills to climb. Welcome to bike touring! I really hit the wall after the third hill. At the end of the ride, I had four miles of flat terrain to ride, with a light headwind, and I had to stop every mile to rest. I was never so glad to see my car! However, this problem should resolve a bit with more riding.

At some point I will probably get a different bike, maybe a hardtail that will hold "bikepacking" gear on the frame, and/or a regular touring bike with panniers. The trailer is not a real BOB, but an $89 knock-off. It works pretty well, though. So, this is what I have now. Not going to sit home and wish I had better gear. Also, I am not sitting home worrying about a hamstring injury that is keeping me from doing a big backpacking trip with PLC92084 on the Gems in Grand Canyon. :cry: . I'm biking instead. So, there! Old age isn't going to take me without a big fight. I will be 66 this month.

Wildlife, not much: Some birds, including a very hungry roadrunner. I heard a bighorn sheep say "Baa-aa" during the night when I was in my tent. I said "Baa-aa" back.

When I got to Katherine, I was too tired to even ride my bike down to the lake shore from camp! It wasn't that important to me to see it, since I have kayaked there many times. In the late afternoon I rested comfortably in my camp, played my ukulele, did a crossword puzzle and read a book. The campground has showers, so I took advantage of that.

I originally had planned to ride the River Mountains Loop Trail up by Boulder City/Henderson, and camp at Boulder Beach on Lake Mead, but the forecast called for 30 mph wind in that area, so I came up with this idea instead. It seemed relatively safe to leave my car at a 24-hour casino that has security, and it was. When I ride the River Mountains trail I'm going to park at Railroad Pass Casino.
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Lots of brittlebush. Lupine along the roadsides.
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Feb 16 2019
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Union Pass Scramble, AZ 
Union Pass Scramble, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2019
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Hiking3.04 Miles 885 AEG
Hiking3.04 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   0.91 mph
885 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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This area is in the Black Mountains, off of SR 68 between Bullhead City and Golden Valley. It's a fantastic maze of rugged rocky canyons, a gargoylesque wonderland. We started out skirting the edge of the area, which gave us wonderful views to the south and east, Golden Valley and the Cerbat Mountains. We scrambled up several gullies looking for an entrance into the area, finally finding it by going north around the end of a line of volcanic tuff cliffs. It can get pretty dicey in there, very steep. We climbed up and over, and finally into the interior of Fantasia. There was a running creek, due to recent rains, and a spring. Lots of windows. You'll see a few smallish live oak trees and junipers as well, where there is plenty of protection and water for them. We walked along the creek and eventually back to the highway, making a loop.

The desert out here doesn't get a lot of wildflowers, even in really good years. This area was no exception. I personally think if they got rid of the danged burros we'd have a lot more wildflowers. Lots of burro poo out here, but we didn't see any of the cute-but-pesky critters.

I don't have the photoset arranged chronologically.

Glad to have found a nice group to hike with. A problem with my hip (hamstring attachment injury) continues, but if I just keep it to shorter hikes I'm fine, and I do need to walk and/or hike several days a week, which should help it in the long run as long as I keep it short. Scrambling doesn't bother me. I'm keeping my fitness up via the bike.
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Feb 10 2019
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Rt 66 - Mtn Springs Rd to Essex, CA 
Rt 66 - Mtn Springs Rd to Essex, CA
 
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Mtn Biking17.02 Miles 685 AEG
Mtn Biking17.02 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   8.10 mph
685 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
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This section of Route 66, off I-40 west of Needles, is closed to all but local traffic. I wasn't sure what the pavement would be like, so I took my mountain bike. It turns out that riding a road bike would have been fine as well. The ride took me downhill the entire time, so I turned around after 8.5 miles because I wasn't sure how I was going to do going back up. Next time I will park near Essex and ride uphill first! Along the way I found the reason for the closure is a washed-out bridge. I don't know if there are any plans to fix it. Apparently, California is too broke to take care of all its roads. This has been closed for at least two or three years, that I know of.

Route 66 is closed right now all the way to Amboy, I believe, plus a spur of it is closed between Fenner and Essex. I saw four vehicles on my ride. Basically I had the highway to myself. It was great! Nice day, not too windy, but quite chilly to start out with. A sign at the beginning of the closure says "Residents Only."
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Feb 09 2019
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Pipe Spring Canyon, NV 
Pipe Spring Canyon, NV
 
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Canyoneering8.07 Miles 1,176 AEG
Canyoneering8.07 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   2.21 mph
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Granite and gneiss, with some schist at the base, form the sides of this canyon in the Newberry Mountains, near Lake Mohave and Laughlin. It's in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, but isn't very close to Lake Mead. Starting out, you think it's going to be all straightforward hiking, but we encountered several pour-offs which required a bit of negotiation. In fact, I soon changed my plans to do it as a solo backpacking trip. Hiking back out I found I needed a hand a couple of times to climb up the very slick granite.

We saw several bighorn sheep way up on a ridge. Just their outlines were visible.

Due to recent rain there is a little water in the drainage, but very little running water.

We started hiking just before sunrise. The day started out chilly and overcast, but it was nice and sunny by the time we completed the hike.

My hip ached pretty badly the last several miles. I'm told that my hamstring attachment to the piriformis is damaged somewhat. I stopped to do yoga stretches several times, which helped briefly. Also took Aleve and Tylenol, with only a little effect.

So, anyway, scratching the backpacking plan, I've decided to see the lower end of this canyon via kayaking to its mouth on Lake Mohave. I'll beach the boat and then hike up the canyon as far as I can. I'll have to wait for a good weather window in order to accomplish this, because the wind on Lake Mohave can be a bit unforgiving for small craft. From Princess Cove boat ramp it would be a short distance north and across the lake. After that hike I can paddle to a perfect beach and camp overnight.
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Some brittle bush, lupine, a few poppies. Lots of green grass.

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Jan 31 2019
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Black Mountains - Oatman Radio Towers, AZ 
Black Mountains - Oatman Radio Towers, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2019
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Hiking2.19 Miles 825 AEG
Hiking2.19 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.58 mph
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I went looking for a reasonable workout hike in my area. Most anything you'd want to climb around here is off-trail. But sometimes I just want a quick workout on a steep trail. The closest steep trails to where I'm staying are over by Kingman in the Hualapais, about an hour's drive, and also kind of chilly a lot of the time in winter. So, anyway, I spotted this radio tower road near Oatman, last year when I hiked up Mount Nutt.

Anyway, this will do for the time being. There are several old roads leading uphill off of this one, so I can vary the hike. It's quite a bit closer than the Hualapais.

There seems to be a Grand Canyon "Gems" hike in my future (the last week in March), and I'd like to be in shape for it. I've been going mountain biking quite a bit, but it's just not the same kind of exercise.
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Black Mountains, AZ 
Black Mountains, AZ
 
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Hiking2.74 Miles 536 AEG
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This was an off trail hike on the west side of the Black Mountains. We saw 5 bighorn ewes. We also had a donkey encounter by the side of Rt. 66 on our way to the hike! (See photos.) This is close enough to Oatman that the burros around here are pretty tame, and looking for a handout.

My hip really ached again. Took Gabapentin and Tylenol just to get through this little hike.

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Jan 10 2019
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Old Mine in Sacramento Mountains, CA 
Old Mine in Sacramento Mountains, CA
 
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Hiking10.37 Miles 824 AEG
Hiking10.37 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.45 mph
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This was a long walk from my riverbank spot in Needles, up Route 66 to a rough road, BLM 094, then crossing under I-40 and over the BNSF Railway tracks, and then on up to BLM 090 leading up a small canyon in the Sacramento Mountains. I hiked to where 090 ends at an old mine. The terrain is a typical bajada of the Mojave Desert region. I saw no animals or birds. There isn't any water around, as far as I know.

The mine is somewhat interesting. There's a lot of malachite lying around, but nothing spectacular of course. This area is easily accessible to ATV and Jeep enthusiasts. The mine opening itself appears to me to be deathly dangerous, since it seems to be a vertical shaft. Yet there is a very steep and slippery trail leading down to timbers that are jumbled up in the opening. Yikes. I kept my distance! (See photos.)

These dirt roads are pretty good for mountain bikes as well, although they can have some very loose gravel. I ride them a lot, and sometimes wish I had really fat tires.

A friend and I are planning a Grand Canyon "Gems" 6-day backpack in late March, assuming the government will get itself going again and issue his permit. The government shut down just as it was in the process of being issued! Anyway, I haven't been hiking much at all over the past 4 months, ever since I moved down here from Flagstaff. I've been riding my bikes and paddling. So, I needed to find out how I would do with a 10-mile walk. I was mostly concerned about all my various aches and pains: feet, knee, back and hip. Not worried about doing anything steep just yet. I am pretty cardio fit from cycling, anyway. I'll hike in the Hualapai Mtns. later on. So, I found out what hurts when walking! I had better go to the chiropractor, or hope the hip joint heals itself, because on the way back my right hip hurt a lot. Ugh. But on the bright side, nothing else hurt! And no sore muscles at all the next day!

I'm going hiking again today (the next day) anyway, because a friend invited me, but it'll be shorter.
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Oct 22 2018
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Upriver Paddle, AZ 
Upriver Paddle, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Oct 22 2018
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Kayak5.88 Miles
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Such a perfect day. White puffy clouds, light breeze, temperature in the 80's. I launched from the "secret spot" which allows locals to get into Topock Gorge without paying a fee to one of the marinas. This is within the wildlife refuge. However, I paddled upriver, and out of the refuge, not down into the Gorge. I passed under the Old Trails Bridge, which used to carry Route 66 from 1916 to 1947. Since then it has carried a gas line. I then passed under the modern I-40 bridge and the railway bridge. Lots of rumbling going on overhead. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Trails_Bridge

Interestingly, there are two very expensive homes next to the bridges. They have a lovely view down the Topock Gorge, plus waterfront and launch ramps, white sand beaches, big shade structures, etc. However, the rumbling noise never stops. It is never quiet outside at their homes, because I-40 never stops, and the tracks carry an average of 87 trains a day!

I kept paddling upstream, into the current and into the wind. Good workout. I passed the opening into the Topock 66 Marina. Just upstream from here is where the terrible boating accident happened during Labor Day, in which four people were killed. One of them, a young woman, has not been found, and the Sheriff's Dept. hosted a big search in the Gorge, and down in Lake Havasu, this past weekend.

I crossed to the California side, passing a couple more white sand beaches. I passed the entrance to Pirate's Cove Resort, another marina. It used to be called Park Moabi. It belongs to San Bernardino County, but after the concessionaire took it over, they made it less for the public, and more for their idea of who they can get away with excluding. Very expensive. Seems odd they are allowed to get away with this. They now have "Private Property" signs on all the beaches along there.

I didn't have time to paddle 5 miles up, as I had wanted to, because my landlady needed me to work in the afternoon, so I turned around after about 3 miles. I spent a bit of time chatting with a family on the shore. Pirates Cove Resort has a long stretch of white sand beaches, broken by small jetties, with RV spaces on the jetties. Very pretty places to camp.

After chatting a bit with the folks, I turned around and headed back downriver. Much easier!







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Oct 20 2018
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Havasu National Wildlife RefugeNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Kayak12.26 Miles
Kayak12.26 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.98 mph
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A real bluebird day at the marsh. I got sort of carried away paddling the back channels, and went further than I had intended, but it was fine. If you look at the GPS route, be sure to switch it to satellite. The map is pretty useless.

I saw a lot of birds, but I was not out to take fancy photos. I'm kind of "in training" for a really long kayak trip-340 miles--next month. I saw a kingfisher, a lot of white pelicans, plus herons, egrets, ducks, black phoebes, a couple of Northern Harriers, and hundreds of coots. It was a bluebird day, but no bluebirds.
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Oct 12 2018
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Maze Loop TrailInland, CA
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Hiking avatar Oct 12 2018
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Hiking2.69 Miles 318 AEG
Hiking2.69 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.02 mph
318 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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Joshua Tree National Park: This trailhead is the first one you get to from the West Entrance. It's a newer trail, but is featured on their maps and in a guidebook I had with me: Afoot and Afield in the Inland Empire. I was tired from driving all day, and the trail is a bit sandy. I almost turned around sooner than I did. The trail did improve quite a bit once it started going uphill. It had rained recently, which probably made the sand a bit less soft, but it was still pretty soft. Anyway, this trail is sort of boring, if you ask me. I didn't hike the whole thing because it was late in the afternoon.

I didn't have an opportunity to return to the park during my four days in Joshua Tree area because I went there for a WFR class, not for hiking. It was my first trip into the park. So, I guess I will have to go back sometime. Since I found out I have a cousin who owns a climbing school there, I am definitely going back at some point.

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Clear Creek ReservoirNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Kayak5.89 Miles
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This was a particularly nice day for paddling East Clear Creek. Sunny, with a few puffy clouds, very little breeze, so that the reflections were at their best. And only a few people were there. I paddled up to the end, and once again thought I should consider bringing some kind of hiking shoes and a day pack, so that I could easily hike upstream for a bit. Slippery Tevas are not that much fun to hike in.

Next time.

Once again my old GPS has posted lower mileage than on a previous trip.

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San Francisco Peaks - AZT #34Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking8.00 Miles 569 AEG
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Starting at what my friend calls Aspen Corner on Snowbowl Road, we followed Arizona Trail Passage #34 to the Bismarck Lake trail, and then on to the "lake." A gorgeous day, with big puffy clouds, but mostly sunny. In the afternoon there was a bit of thunderstorm activity in the distance, mostly to the north. We saw several deer. It's still very green, and there were a lot of different kinds of wildflowers. In the aspen groves we found some yellow leaves on the ground but couldn't see any on the trees--they still look green. Only a couple more weeks of summer remain in this high country. After that there will be the season of smelly old dead leaves, followed by the Siberia-like winter season. But I won't be around this area to suffer that. I'm no masochist!

My GPS showed we hiked 9 miles, but it has been off for a long time. His showed what is more likely to be correct: 8+ miles. The distressing thing is that lately my GPS is showing high, but posting very low. It posted as 7.02. From other accounts, that's about a mile too low, so I am going to change the value. Also, the rest time never agrees even remotely from the screen to the posting. It's usually off by about an hour. I guess I should think about getting a new GPS.

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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
A few bright yellow aspen leaves on the ground, but not seen on the trees.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Quite a few species. I labeled the ones I knew, or just learned.

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This is a lake?
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Sep 04 2018
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Clover Spring Secret Links, AZ 
Clover Spring Secret Links, AZ
 
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Hiking2.50 Miles 437 AEG
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In Williams there are a lot of little trails from the neighborhoods leading to the USFS official trail system. My friend (and former boss) knows them all. So, this morning we had a little stroll from her place to the Clover Spring Trail.

She knows the names of just about every plant out there, plus seems able to ID poop. She said one pile we saw was from a fox.

She also knows birds by their calls. I can't ever hope to be that expert!
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Clover Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Cosmos, composites, yarrow, asters, fleabane.

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Aug 21 2018
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Mars Hill Urban TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking3.29 Miles 925 AEG
Hiking3.29 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.19 mph
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Our local neighborhood hike.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Lots of common sunflowers down near the railroad tracks.
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Aug 14 2018
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Elden Lookout Trail #4Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking5.40 Miles 2,422 AEG
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Third time this summer. Last night there was a pretty big thunderstorm on this hillside. The trail sustained a little damage--in some sections water had rushed down the middle of the trail, taking out some of the dirt and fine gravel, and leaving a ditch and even more rocks than before. Don't hold your breath on any repairs soon, though.

Due to the damp soil and air, it was pretty humid. As my friend from Texas likes to say, "I was sweatin' like a whore in church!"
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Green, but not a lot of flowers.
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Aug 10 2018
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Lava River Cave TubeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Caving1.50 Miles
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Well, okay. Been there done that! Where's my t-shirt?

Having lived in and around Flagstaff off and on for years, I figured it was time to go underground. A friend of mine was visiting from Tucson and had wanted to see the lava tube. I used to live on the Big Island, so I've seen a lava tube or two. But I agreed it might be fun.

But I really didn't like it very much. I am not claustrophobic, but I do get bored easily, especially with boring scenery. My friend was determined to go to the end of the thing, so we did. It was just more of the same, with a few low places. I got a headache, partly from the headlamp strap. By the time we were finished I ended up taking my prescription med for migraine.

Guess what? I won't be tempted into going there again. Not going to take my friends there. But I am glad I went so that I can now picture what it's like. I tried to take some photos but they didn't turn out that great.

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Wildflowers Observation None
No kidding.
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
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It just so happened that there was a dry spell at the same time I had a day off. I normally wouldn't hike this trail on a Sunday, due to the crowds. But it was fine. I started at 5:30 a.m. There were a lot of people ahead of me! Some may have gone up the night before.

At the start, when I was crossing the ski run, I saw a herd of about 7 deer, including at least one very young buck.

Although I really enjoyed hiking up, the hike down, as always, seemed very long and tedious, and my knee started hurting, too. At least my feet didn't hurt!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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