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Sep 08 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Canyon Lake KayakingPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Paddleboarding avatar Sep 08 2019
jtaylor
Paddleboarding5.00 Miles
Paddleboarding5.00 Miles
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After thinking I wouldn't be able to paddle this weekend, Gary and I somewhat spontaneously made it out to Canyon Lake to paddle. It was a beautiful morning and we were able to find relative peace and quiet in some of the tributaries. Good escape after working too much. Next time we'll go up the Salt quite a bit more.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Aug 09 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Blue Ridge Reservoir Boatpacking, AZ 
Blue Ridge Reservoir Boatpacking, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Aug 09 2019
jtaylor
Backpack10.00 Miles
Backpack10.00 Miles3 Days         
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
We've been daydreaming about this trip for at least 10 years. Gary and I fled town just a little before Preston, but the timing worked-out pretty well and we were all launched before noon. The pre-scouted "chosen" spots were taken, but as often happens, it was a blessing in disguise. We found a hidden spot away from the crowds and enjoyed solitude all weekend. We owe our lives to Preston again (okay, maybe just our sanity): He brought a 10'x20' tarp and rigged-it just before a gullywasher nailed us good for a solid hour. True to his Eagle Scout roots, Preston took advantage and filled his 40L dry bag with some damn fine drinking water. In the meantime, we hydrated on various alcoholic libations. Actually we did this all weekend.

After the rain, a nice fog set in. Gary contributed to the life/sanity saving by bringing ligher fluid and we got a fire started (a huge benefit to boat packing is not having to sweat the weight/bulk much). Dinner was Italian sausage and fettuccini alfredo for Gary and me; grilled quesadillas for Preston. We hit the hay relatively early and all slept like logs, maybe because of the fog?

Next day we set sail for the dam, where we collected plenty of spices and gold (fine, firewood) and returned to camp for additional libations. (Gary and Preston both had ice chests, again saving lives and sanity. I just took all weekend.) Properly inebriated, Preston guided us up the trail a few hundred yards to the Battle of Dry Creek Monument, which was very cool. Dinner that night was steak and potatoes for Gary and I, and sandstone grilled quesadillas for Preston.

It was hard to leave the next morning, but we dragged ourselves away rested and restored. Gary and I headed back down the hill and Preston embarked on further adventures. It was another d*mn fine trip and I am sure we'll be back!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Aug 02 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Aug 02 2019
jtaylor
Paddleboarding2.50 Miles
Paddleboarding2.50 Miles
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Another peaceful trip to the Salt with Gary. Maiden voyage for his kayak and floating first-aid kit. Follow this up with lunch and it was a great way to kick-off the weekend!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 25 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Goldwater Lakeshore TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2019
jtaylor
Hiking2.70 Miles 60 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles
60 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick diversion with Andrew to earn a pint and ward off cabin fever. Nice lake, nice breeze, nice conversation.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 12 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jul 12 2019
jtaylor
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Finally got to what I think is dubbed "The Treadmill", and it was aptly named: I wasn't going anywhere. Was nice to have another quarter mile to imbibe and relax, especially before house projects.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 09 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jul 09 2019
jtaylor
Paddleboarding2.00 Miles
Paddleboarding2.00 Miles
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Spontaneously took my birthday off work to hike with the kids. But with a late start and not feeling a long drive, we detoured to the river instead. They picked it up relatively quickly and we had a great day out there. Certainly beat work, anyway!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 06 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Kit Carson preserve trail run, CA 
Kit Carson preserve trail run, CA
 
Run/Jog avatar Jul 06 2019
jtaylor
Run/Jog3.00 Miles 314 AEG
Run/Jog3.00 Miles
314 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
One more to get outside before a long car ride. Beautiful out here!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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Jul 05 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Kit Carson preserve trail run, CA 
Kit Carson preserve trail run, CA
 
Run/Jog avatar Jul 05 2019
jtaylor
Run/Jog2.25 Miles
Run/Jog2.25 Miles
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Another quick run. This time to (partially) earn beer on the beach!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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Jul 03 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Kit Carson preserve trail run, CA 
Kit Carson preserve trail run, CA
 
Run/Jog avatar Jul 03 2019
jtaylor
Run/Jog2.25 Miles
Run/Jog2.25 Miles
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick run to burn off 6 hours of sitting and Julian pie!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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Jun 29 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jun 29 2019
jtaylor
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Figured this is routine enough that I broke down and bought a used board. This was its maiden voyage (to me anyway). Good way to beat the heat! Thanks to NoSnow for the sale and Mark for the pointers on the river! No horses yet and the water is still very murky. A lot of birds though and the water is refreshing. Hopefully no flesh eating bacteria...
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jun 21 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2019
jtaylor
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,222 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles
1,222 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Threw this together last-minute. Macy actually wanted to go and Gary called to say he was available for some adventuring. We got a late start after Lenny's breakfast but it was still cool up there. Beautiful, actually, with a nice breeze, columbines, crystal clear water, and even a hermit thrush's hauntingly-beautiful call. Macy wasn't thrilled with the last half-mile in either direction, but the kid got it done. It was drier than I expected. Bring on the monsoon rains!
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jun 14 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jun 14 2019
jtaylor
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
This one was with Gary and Powers. Water still murky, but still doesn't stop me from jumping in and we still spotted turtles.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 31 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar May 31 2019
jtaylor
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Great paddle with Chris to kick off summer. The water is pretty murky so far, but that didn't stop us from jumping in!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 24 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2019
jtaylor
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles
1,440 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Decided to sacrifice sleep for solitude and cool temps. This was the right call - I didn't see anyone the whole way up and while at Fremont Saddle and the birdsong was amazing. And my fingers were even a little chilled for the first quarter mile! I remember this being a relatively remote hike in high school; wonder how long until the entire road and parking lot resemble Hiero... But for now there is still this option for beating the crowds. Also, in the past year I did this trail in mid-August and late-May, and opted out of it in February because of the sleet/snow. Whaaaaaaaaat????
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 17 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Oak Flat Camp/Climb, AZ 
Oak Flat Camp/Climb, AZ
 
Car Camping avatar May 17 2019
jtaylor
Car Camping
Car Camping3 Days         
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Annual dads-kids trip (Waters, Schaefers, Stillwells, us). Andrew was insistent on leaving Friday, despite a busy schedule and poor planning on my part. Long story short, we didn't join our party until about 9:45pm. We still managed to set up our bedding and get s'mores before a reasonable-night's sleep. Saturday was a great day of climbing in Euro Dog Valley, some off-trail exploring, and chilling at camp. Also a quick drive to Family Dollar in Superior as penance for my aforementioned poor planning. Lazy morning Sunday and we were back down the hill by noon!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 10 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 10 2019
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Starting to get a little warm and buggy out there. Oh well, it's been a good run. Saguaros and palo verdes still blooming. Did this one with Gary before lunch and beer.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 03 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2019
jtaylor
Hiking3.85 Miles 971 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles
971 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick one before the heat and an appointment. The ocotillos, saguaros, and palo verdes are in full bloom. Sounds like a million-to-one ratio of bees to palo verdes out there!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 25 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Maxwell Trail #37Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 25 2019
jtaylor
Backpack6.00 Miles 1,280 AEG
Backpack6.00 Miles
1,280 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Chapman
PrestonSands
John flew out to do what has become an annual trip among high school buddies. We had several options on the table but West Clear Creek won-out with the high temps. I was worried about crowds, but the early season, Thursday start, and washed-out roads all gave us the canyon mostly to ourselves. The winter flooding wreaked havoc on the area but left quality campsites with plentiful firewood. And the pools were deep and ice cold and navigation was a little easier without the overgrowth (yet).

We stayed down from Thursday through Saturday afternoon, and then recharged in Prescott via Mexican food and warm showers and beds. Then John and I ran down the hill to get him to the airport. Preston - ever the adventurer - continued on for some more exploring.

One major concern: There was one party who left a smoldering campfire at the base of Tramway Saturday morning, including a log with heated embers outside the fire ring. It was a windy day and it could have been disastrous had we not found it and drowned it. I'm mentioning this in the hopes that - in a world of seven degrees of separation - someone might know these guys and educate them. It was a group of seven high school or college age kids, male and female, party name was Osborne(?) per the registry. They came and left via Maxwell between Friday afternoon (4/26) and Saturday morning (4/27). They drove a blue-grey, early-model Ford Escape. Looking for education; not retribution. We could have lost a treasure.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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Apr 19 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2019
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
No time to get up North so I opted for an early hike to the usual spot. Beautiful breezy morning with the cacti and ocotillo blooming!
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 12 2019
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 4
 Photos 368
 Triplogs 346

41 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pima Wash-Ridgeline Baloon, AZ 
Pima Wash-Ridgeline Baloon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2019
jtaylor
Hiking3.20 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
300 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick hike with Gary on what turned out to be a beautiful day. Followed-it up with Wilderness. Good stuff!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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