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Mar 26 2011
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Catalina State Park, AZ 
Catalina State Park, AZ
 
Car Camping avatar Mar 26 2011
jtaylor
Car Camping
Car Camping3 Days         
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Great Spring Break car camping with the fam at Catalina State Park. Although the park was pretty brown and dry, the camping was still fun. We spent one day at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which was awesome! One of our meals was a chicken pesto bake eaten inside the trailer. We also had s'mores over the grill, since fires were prohibited (bummer). Other than the museum, entertainment included reading, watching the prairie dogs wrestle, and trying to catch lizards.
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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
Mar 07 2011
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2011
jtaylor
Hiking8.80 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.51 mph
1,020 ft AEG
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Finally got a chance to log some miles. John and I started at Usery Pass Rd (a mile north of the Usery Park entrance) at 6am, intending to join up with the Pass Mountain Trail and loop back to the car before 10am. What a perfect day for this hike! The sun rose just as we wrapped around to the East side of the trail, and the wind cooled us off (and gave us a push)once the sun came up. Knowing we had a time crunch, we really cranked it out, taking only bathroom breaks. Ended-up back an the car by 9:30, albeit with sore feet. All-in-all, it was a d*mn good hike with a d*mn good friend!
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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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Feb 26 2011
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Bulldog Canyon Day Camping, AZ 
Bulldog Canyon Day Camping, AZ
 
Car Camping avatar Feb 26 2011
jtaylor
Car Camping
Car Camping
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I've been promising the kids for a while now that we could go "day camping" while Wendi is at work. The timing and weather were perfect on Saturday afternoon, so I took them to the closest place I know of to get into nature: Bulldog Canyon. Four miles down FR 3554, we found the shady wash we were looking for. We didn't really do anything except play in the dirt, climb rocks, read, and eat (and drink beer for dad), and it was everything I thought it would be and 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
Feb 20 2011
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Goldfield Souting AZ, AZ 
Goldfield Souting AZ, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Feb 20 2011
jtaylor
4x4 Trip
4x4 Trip
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Andrew and I had a couple hours to kill before a party, so we tried again to find the Three Lesser Peaks trailhead (I failed several weeks ago with John). It's much easier to navigate that area in daylight, so we found it without any problem. We hiked the first mile of the route. It was so nice out that we decided to go shirtless, which was little embarrassing when we bumped into someone unexpectedly. On the way out, I marked the route on my GPS. Can't wait to finally do the whole hike soon!
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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
Feb 19 2011
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Usery Pass Rd to PM Lookout, AZ 
Usery Pass Rd to PM Lookout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2011
jtaylor
Hiking2.50 Miles
Hiking2.50 Miles
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Another quick hike to what's become my usual destination. This time it was solo at sunrise, and included some nice meditation under the gray skies. A nice antidote to a flu-infected, homebound family.
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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
Feb 05 2011
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Usery Pass Rd to PM Lookout, AZ 
Usery Pass Rd to PM Lookout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2011
jtaylor
Hiking2.25 Miles
Hiking2.25 Miles
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Another round of our most frequented kid-hike. This time I went with Tom and his kids. The weather was perfect, and we took the opportunity to just hang out for a couple hours at the lookout. The kids climbed rocks while we BS'd and make some great hiking sticks. It had been a while since I just chilled out there. Must have been missing the forest for the trees...
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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
Jan 15 2011
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2011
jtaylor
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles
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Decided to try a new trail with the kids on Saturday. This one actually didn't work too well. Although there was little elevation gain, the large, loose rocks were challenging for little feet. It was also a little too exposed. We did find some relaxing shade in a wash before turning around, though. I didn't realize it, but Andrew was fighting off illness. He was dragging at the end there. Poor guy.
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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
Jan 11 2011
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Powder Mountain UT, AZ 
Powder Mountain UT, AZ
 
Ski SnwBoard avatar Jan 11 2011
jtaylor
Ski SnwBoard
Ski SnwBoard6 Days         
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Semi-regular ski/snow-play trip to Northern Utah with the family. I have accepted the fact that my role is now to pass the torch to my kids, rather than hike/backpack/ski/etc solely for myself. About 90% of my time was spent snowplowing with a 4- or 6-year old, and I didn't ski a single expert run. Similarly, most of my hikes these days are sub-3 miles. But it's an investment. By the end of this trip, Macy was leading me down the mountain and Andrew was just starting to go solo with the leash.
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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
Dec 26 2010
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Usery Pass Rd to PM Lookout, AZ 
Usery Pass Rd to PM Lookout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2010
jtaylor
Hiking2.25 Miles
Hiking2.25 Miles
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Post Christmas hike with my kids and Sam & Ben. Macy rocked this one and it was good to see her enjoy herself on the trail again. I tossed about 40lbs of firewood in my pack to get at least some exercise!
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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
Dec 18 2010
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Goldfield Scouting, AZ 
Goldfield Scouting, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Dec 18 2010
jtaylor
4x4 Trip1.50 Miles
4x4 Trip1.50 Miles
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Got turned around trying to find the Three Lesser Peaks trailhead with John, so we ended up hiking Prickly and scouting some of the roads instead. We'll get there next time!

P.S. Thanks for breakfast, John!
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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
Dec 05 2010
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Usery Pass Rd to PM trail/saddle, AZ 
Usery Pass Rd to PM trail/saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2010
jtaylor
Hiking4.50 Miles
Hiking4.50 Miles
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After going here yesterday with the kids, I wanted to get back for some exercise. John and I had to be back by 8:45, so we hit the trail just before sunrise. We rounded the Northern tip of Pass Mountain just at sunrise. It was an amazing scene with the Goldfields silhouetted in front of the sun. We had to turn around before reaching the saddle, but we found a great rock outcropping for a quick break.
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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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Dec 04 2010
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Usery Pass Rd to PM Lookout, AZ 
Usery Pass Rd to PM Lookout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2010
jtaylor
Hiking2.25 Miles
Hiking2.25 Miles
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Since Macy has been complaining a bit about hiking, I thought she'd enjoy going with her best friends, the Unruhs. It worked perfectly. All of the kids had a great time and we even had to get on them about not going too far ahead of us.

This is from the trailhead a mile North of Usery Park Rd, connecting to the Pass Mountain trail and then off to the Viewpoint at the Northern end of Pass Mountain. Not sure if the RT distance is accurate.
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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
Nov 27 2010
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
PricklyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2010
jtaylor
Hiking2.20 Miles 190 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
190 ft AEG
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Did this one with Andrew today. The first 1/2 mile was a disappointment, as we were basically hiking in a 4x4 playground. But I'm glad we kept with it. As AZLOT69 mentions in his photoset, the wash at the end is "quite secluded with awesome views." In fact, the silence was pleasantly deafening.

Of course, we had to briefly join the 4x4 fun before leaving. Follow that up with an ice cream cone and it made for a perfect father/son getaway!
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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
Nov 26 2010
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Cave Trail #233Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2010
jtaylor
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,400 ft AEG
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John and I decided to hike the Cave Trail for Black Friday. Although it was probably below freezing when we started, the sun warmed us up quick. The views were great, and we both agreed that this trail is better than the crowded Peralta Trail (although we did return on that route). The lone pine was peaceful as always (interesting paraphernalia in the register box, though).
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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
Nov 15 2010
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Tom's Thumb Shuttle Hike, AZ 
Tom's Thumb Shuttle Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2010
jtaylor
Hiking7.25 Miles
Hiking7.25 Miles
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After several shorter trips, I was aching to get a little mileage under my belt and on my new shoes. John and I met up with Gary and friends at the Gateway trailhead and shuttled up to the North Access trailhead. The weather was perfect and the granite boulders were beautiful. It was amazing how those boulders just disappeared a few steps beyond Tom's thumb as we began to descend into the canyon. From that point, we enjoyed a diverse variety of other rocks (wish Preston was there to name them for us), and we were surprised when we came upon Mountain Spring.

After the hike, I watched some football, took a long nap, and went to the park with the family. All in all, a d*mn fine Sunday.
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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
Nov 12 2010
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Bulldog Canyon, AZ 
Bulldog Canyon, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Nov 12 2010
jtaylor
4x4 Trip 600 AEG
4x4 Trip
600 ft AEG
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Veteran's Day exploration with Tom and all the kids. I had the 4Runner and he brought his XTerra. Lots of fun, although we accidentally got off course. Scared the kids to tears at one section, which was rather humorous. This was the second time Tom and I went 4wheeling together. The first time, he lost a tire; this time, he lost his running boards. Looks better without them anyway!

Not sure I'll go back. But if I do, I'd like to hike Prickly.
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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
Oct 29 2010
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Fossil Creek - Mazatzal Wilderness AreaCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2010
jtaylor
Hiking0.25 Miles
Hiking0.25 Miles
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Finally got back to Fossil Creek. It's a little different with young kids in tow, so I didn't get in very much hiking/exploring - especially after Andrew's friend Ben split his chin open. But it was fun and beautiful nonetheless. We parked at the bottom of Fossil Springs road and trekked-in maybe a quarter mile. Ironically, the first pool we encountered was the best. Macy was pretty adventurous in the water; Andrew, not so much. After patching up Ben we hit Pizza Factory for some awesome grub. Followed that up with a cream pie shake from Sonic, which pretty much put me over the edge.
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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
Oct 16 2010
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Chiricahua ShuttleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Car Camping avatar Oct 16 2010
jtaylor
Car Camping
Car Camping
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Great Fall break trip with the family. Took the tent trailer to Bonita Canyon campground (maiden towing voyage for the 4Runner). Arrived later than expected on Thursday PM and explored the meadow areas near the campground, which included spotting some deer. Spent Friday exploring the monument, which was awesome! About twenty steps into our first hike, the kids stepped right over a baby rattler. Thankfully, no one got bit, but the snake was seriously torqued-off. Got some great pics of the kids at the Echo Canyon Grottoes. We enjoyed lunch at Massai Point, where the temps dropped when a few storm clouds rolled in. Beer tastes better at higher elevations, by the way.

After a sleepless and rain-soaked night, we packed-up and hit Apple Annie's in Willcox. A dozen apples, half-dozen cider donuts, and squash/pumpkin/veggie cornucopia later, we're home safe. All-in-all, a d*mn fine trip. Wendi suggested that I get back there with Preston and John to get some serious hiking in. I think I'll do that... :D
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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
Oct 09 2010
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Bluff Springs Trail #235Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2010
jtaylor
Hiking2.00 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
1,350 ft AEG
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Since it's finally nice out, I took the kids out to Peralta this weekend. We usually take the Dutchman Trail, but the kids opted for Bluff Springs this time. With the steep, exposed climb, they were about done after a mile. Other than some whining on the descent, all went well.
Wrapped it up with a mac'n cheese lunch in the shade of a palo verde tree!

Side note: Despite nonot's tip about the climb wearing kids out, I was the only one napping after lunch...
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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
Oct 03 2010
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Lone Mountain 2809 - E J PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2010
jtaylor
Hiking2.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Just got some new hiking shoes (Vasque Blur - per recommendation from Preston). This was their maiden voyage, so I thought I'd start logging my trips at the same time.

This one was a quick, early-morning jaunt up E.J. Peak with John. The critters were out enjoying the weather, including a little snake that John almost stepped on (NOT a rattler).

The shoes felt awesome and I look forward to loading up the miles on them.
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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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