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Nov 28 2020
azdesertfather
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Wild Mustang - Alamo Spring LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2020
azdesertfather
Hiking10.26 Miles 1,635 AEG
Hiking10.26 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   3.46 mph
1,635 ft AEG
 
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Got off a plane from a thanksgiving trip to Georgia, drove by the house to drop off my suitcase and grab a water bottle, and headed to the Tortolitas. Went up to Wild Mustang and then over to Alamo Spring, took Alamo Spring partially down and without noticing it at the time, got onto Wild Burro, but just decided to stick with it. Saw a small, non poisonous snake on Wild Mustang whose body was the diameter of a penny, about two feet long. Enjoyed most of the afternoon alone, though did run into a few at the start and finish. Beautiful day.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Oct 12 2020
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Telegraph Pass - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2020
azdesertfather
Hiking4.85 Miles 1,061 AEG
Hiking4.85 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   3.38 mph
1,061 ft AEG
 
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Needed some space to clear my head after work today. Hiked from the Desert Foothills TH to near the top of the Estrella range where the towers are. Turned around less than a quarter mile from the top.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Aug 14 2020
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
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 Photos 1,195
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2020
azdesertfather
Hiking14.08 Miles 4,135 AEG
Hiking14.08 Miles   6 Hrs   28 Mns   2.52 mph
4,135 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
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After spending my weekdays for all of 2020 looking for work, I decided to celebrate finally landing a full time job again this week by picking a hike that my out of shape body would struggle a little with. Wrightson did not disappoint!

Arrived at 9am with a friend. It was sprinkling a little but quickly stopped, and was sunny the rest of the day. Went up Super Trail, did the ring around Wrightson, exiting at Baldy Saddle long enough to bag the peak, then back around the rest of the ring to Josephine Saddle and down Old Baldy Trail. Lots more bugs today above 8500 feet than normal, but none of them were the biting kind. We just inhaled a little extra protein!

Ended the hike in JJiii fashion, craving a slurpee. Today the sour apple one was too tempting to pass up!
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Baldy Spring Dripping Dripping
Small stagnant pool

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bellows Spring Dripping Dripping
A few drops a minute, almost nothing

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Small stagnant pool
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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Jun 09 2020
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
 Routes 59
 Photos 1,195
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Honey Bee Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2020
azdesertfather
Hiking6.08 Miles 1,134 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   3.23 mph
1,134 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
May 25 2020
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
 Routes 59
 Photos 1,195
 Triplogs 805

47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Honey Bee Canyon Loop TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2020
azdesertfather
Hiking6.30 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   3.47 mph
350 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Wildflowers Observation None
Hiked alone.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Apr 24 2020
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 Guides 12
 Routes 59
 Photos 1,195
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Passey-Packrat Loop, AZ 
Passey-Packrat Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2020
azdesertfather
Hiking2.70 Miles 310 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   2.70 mph
310 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Quick walk with a friend. Saw my first Gila monster of the season.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Apr 17 2020
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 Photos 1,195
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Bushmaster Peak - TMPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2020
azdesertfather
Hiking4.02 Miles 1,672 AEG
Hiking4.02 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   1.42 mph
1,672 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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MountainguyAZ
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Another good Tucson peak to cross off the list. This one is going to have little actual trail, so make sure you are comfortable blazing your own. We did the loop clockwise. Just before getting to the ridgeline we ran into one confused hiker who followed us from that point to the end.

As you get to the ridge line you will see some paths up there...my advice? Ignore them all and follow the top. A couple of times we followed a path just on one side or the other and then it petered out and we had hard, steep bushwhacking to the top on loose scree to get back to the top of the ridge. Nice winds whipping on the top, blowing from the south.

After leaving the peak we noticed a spot where someone had spray painted a big white arrow down a steep canyon. It had his initials and the number “87” on it, FYI. It looked steep and the gap track I had from HAZ didn’t take this route so we didn’t risk it. We kept going to the end of the ridge line and then started second guessing ourselves, seeing how steep the drop off looked on that eastern end! We did follow the official HAZ track down the (lesser) steep northern face and carefully made it down to the drainage.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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Apr 04 2020
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Safford Peak (Sombrero)Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
azdesertfather
Hiking3.92 Miles 1,581 AEG
Hiking3.92 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   1.59 mph
1,581 ft AEG      36 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Got my son out of the home quarantine for some sunshine and fresh air. Perfect day to hike the Sombrero, we finished at noon and it was 76 degrees. A couple of his friends met us at the trailhead and I played monitor, keeping the boys 6 feet apart at all times. Only my son didn’t make it to the top, he got within a tenth of a mile and just didn’t want to do the last climb to the top. Took a different trail down than up, see route posted.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lots of brittlebush, some poppies, dandelions, and other flowers
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Jan 26 2020
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Ragged TopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2020
azdesertfather
Hiking4.31 Miles 1,822 AEG
Hiking4.31 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   1.51 mph
1,822 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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Great place to get away and destress. Had trouble at first getting there, following the Google route on HAZ rather than the written directions. But once I followed the written directions I found my way. The turnoff is an immediate left after the cattle guard and will be ok for a high clearance vehicle without 4WD.

No real trails out there, just a few rough roads and open desert to bushwhack. Did the loop in a clockwise direction, going up the SW gulley and down the NW one. When I started to make the final ascent up to Ragged Top itself, was surprised to encounter two different young couples up there. Enjoyed the peak for nearly an hour to myself.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Oct 30 2019
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 Guides 12
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 Photos 1,195
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Roger's RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2019
azdesertfather
Hiking7.64 Miles 2,175 AEG
Hiking7.64 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   2.11 mph
2,175 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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A friend (veteran Santa Ritas hiker who had had trouble finding Roger’s Rock on his own by talking to other hikers) wanted me to help him navigate to it today. He does presentations at the different Pima County public libraries on the Santa Ritas, and is a docent taking kids groups on short hikes every week to learn about the history, plants and wildlife in Madera Canyon. I had never been to Roger's Rock either, but I knew how to find it thanks to HAZ!

We started off shortly after 7am, and it was probably 50 degrees at the time. It was a day full of deer and turkeys...just before reaching the trailhead, we counted off 20+ turkeys along the road in one area and a few more in another area. We saw several deer families as well, both on the road and on the trail during the day.

I decided to do the route described in this description (as a loop), but to hike it counter clockwise. Upon reaching the first switchback at the southernmost part of the loop on the Super Trail, he was telling me a New Age hangout spot off trail further up canyon, where they channel energy. On the way there, however, there is a spot known as The Curse. It's a spot with over a dozen petroglyphs (made in the last century, not by native Americans) and a curse etched into the rocks around them that reads, "WHOSOEVER SHALL DEFILE THIS PLACE, SHALL INVITE THE SUBTLE WRATH OF ITS SPIRITS." He knew about it because of an old hermit he has encountered several times in the Santa Ritas and befriended, who knows about all the little odd places in the range like this.

We then continued around to the Roger's Rock turnoff. On that little stretch, we were looking for black bear, because we ran into 3 piles of fresh scat who apparently has a healthy diet of manzanita berries :lol: . Enjoyed some nice northern views out of Madera Canyon before heading back to the loop. Up there we noticed mine tailings along the ridge to the right in 4 different places, and an open mine shaft down below as well.

Before reaching the PIpeline Trail we took the Kent Spring Trail turnoff, to visit Sylvester Spring and Kent Spring...a steeper little section but doable. Kent was stagnant, but right next to it on the other side of the trail, a stream was flowing well, strangely enough. Coming back out we missed the Pipeline Trail...or actually I did, he didn't...we went a ways and I had to eat crow, tell him he was right, and head back.

On our way out, we stopped to look at the interpretive trail by the Proctor parking area, which gave us another half mile. He wanted to take a picture of a gravesite off the trail of an old Arizona pioneer, for a 3rd, new presentation he's writing on death stories in the Santa Ritas over the decades.
Flora
Flora
Desert Hackberry
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Limited trees change color in Madera Canyon, but the ones that do we’re turning color nicely
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Oct 25 2019
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
 Routes 59
 Photos 1,195
 Triplogs 805

47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Linda Vista Trail - LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2019
azdesertfather
Hiking2.89 Miles 463 AEG
Hiking2.89 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   2.63 mph
463 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
no photosets
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Oct 21 2019
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 Guides 12
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 Photos 1,195
 Triplogs 805

47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Buster MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2019
azdesertfather
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,954 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   1.87 mph
1,954 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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For years I’ve had this as the only Catalina SP trail I hadn’t done. I held off for years because a man sick with colon cancer wanted to do it with me when he got to feeling better, and he died a couple of years ago. Mark, the trip today was for you bro...RIP.

Was a little concerned about taking the right unmarked trails but had little trouble. Whoa, that was a workout tho. A couple of false summits before I finally saw the end, I was working against the clock that day so I’m so glad I made it in time with some time to spare to enjoy the summit. Nice views of the area behind Buster before the significant mountains of the Catalinas rise up, near to see back there from atop Buster. Took a nice little break up top to soak it all in.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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Oct 20 2019
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 Guides 12
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 Photos 1,195
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Casa Grande Mountain Ridgeline TrailSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2019
azdesertfather
Hiking3.55 Miles 1,072 AEG
Hiking3.55 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   3.04 mph
1,072 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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First hike in the Casa Grande Mts, nice little spot. Did this as a quick one while there.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Oct 16 2019
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 Guides 12
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 Photos 1,195
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2019
azdesertfather
Hiking4.71 Miles 1,182 AEG
Hiking4.71 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.88 mph
1,182 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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Only one on the trail today, never saw another person. Nice and warm, in 80s and sunny. Trail in good shape. Took a nice, long, restful break at the end, with the area to myself!
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Oct 15 2019
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 Guides 12
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Overton Loop Trail, AZ 
Overton Loop Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2019
azdesertfather
Hiking2.00 Miles 25 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
25 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Sep 07 2019
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
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 Photos 1,195
 Triplogs 805

47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Jammed Log Pools, AZ 
Jammed Log Pools, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2019
azdesertfather
Hiking2.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   1.36 mph
300 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Aug 19 2019
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 Guides 12
 Routes 59
 Photos 1,195
 Triplogs 805

47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Linda Vista Trail - LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2019
azdesertfather
Hiking2.00 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
450 ft AEG
 
no photosets
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Partners none no partners
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Jul 04 2019
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 Guides 12
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Pusch's FlatironTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2019
azdesertfather
Hiking2.81 Miles 1,115 AEG
Hiking2.81 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.01 mph
1,115 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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Annual tradition for watching the fireworks. Tonight I saw 5 shows, the one at Oro Valley Aquatic Center being the big one, front & center.
0:48 up, 0:36 down.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Jun 15 2019
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 Guides 12
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 Photos 1,195
 Triplogs 805

47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2019
azdesertfather
Hiking5.36 Miles 1,686 AEG
Hiking5.36 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.70 mph
1,686 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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Only went to Josephine Saddle for the sake of time. Just over an hour up, just under an hour down.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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May 18 2019
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Cave of the Bells, AZ 
Cave of the Bells, AZ
 
Caving avatar May 18 2019
azdesertfather
Caving2.00 Miles 75 AEG
Caving2.00 Miles
75 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Drove all way to farthest parking area (my 4WD was required). Walked down to cave, very secured with iron gate. Used ropes a couple of times initially inside, really helpful. Explored to the right, back to tag 12. Then went back to near the entrance and went to the left, and down to the lake edge.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
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average hiking speed 2.11 mph
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