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Apr 11 2014
amcole6
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65 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Tumamoc HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2014
amcole6
Hiking3.04 Miles 714 AEG
Hiking3.04 Miles   1 Hour   19 Mns   2.31 mph
714 ft AEG
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Well, it's been done! I never thought I'd be able to do this climb but after a rather intense (for me) period of fitness work this year, the time came for me to attempt it. Taxes done and the top of Tumamoc held the last remaining virtual geocache in Tucson that I will likely be able to obtain. A friend offered to go with me (he does the hill twice a week) and I wasn't sure I wanted him to accompany me as I didn't want him to be frustrated with my speed, or lack of, nor did I want to feel that I needed to reach the top if I could not. But he came. I am glad he did.

We left the parking lot at 1900 hours. I was already intimidated by the scores of not-so-tired people coming off the hill, as well as the hill up close and personal. Hill?? More like cliff! We started out and when I saw the other types of people coming off that MOUNTAIN, including little kids and moms with strollers, I KNEW I had to conquer this. Ok, yeah, this sounds kinda intense for a 'hill'. I am not in top physical shape and this was huge for me! Onward with the story.

It had been a really really warm day so I was glad we left late. Up we went and it was hard, but I moved. Got to the building part and the sun sets and lights up the sky with a pink pastel color. NICE touch to keep me distracted! I did not carry water, trying to keep my load light (snicker) so I tanked up at the water fountain there. More upward. It gets dark but the partial moon and surreal overcast lights the roadway enough. Now my friend says it gets tougher. What?? TOUGHER? Dang mother earth! I move on. I find I can actually continue a conversation, sort of, through part of the second half. Don't get me wrong though. There is a lot less oxygen up there and I had to stop many times, just for a few moments, to catch my breath and stop gasping and embarrassing said friend. I apologize, but there isn't much oxygen left up there. I used up most of it. Bad me.

So friend continues to gently encourage me and provide positive feedback. We get to the top final switchbacks. He tells me it's the hardest part and dang, it is. I mean, whoa. That's steep. It's dark by now, which was probably a good thing. He points out the towers just up ahead. We are almost there. Really? Awesome 'possom! Suddenly, I feel even more empowered and plunge on! Not quickly, but on! Moments later, the terrain levels out, I'm looking at my feet so I am clueless, and he tells me I've done it! WOOHOOO!!! I swear, I was smiling so big, my face was hurting. True story!

So we amble over towards the side and take in the sights. Holy cow. All those lights. The streets, the traffic, the highway, the glow of Mt. Lemmon, cute couples nearby taking it in as well and the sky. Wow. Just wow! We pull out the cameras and take the required photos. I hear a poorwill down the hill which just makes everything that much cooler! I go over and find the sign for the required virtual geocache information. Find 4001 complete! I love me a good virtual geocache!!! Time to head down and it's pretty hard going straight down as well. I used a dimmed headlight just to make sure I didn't stumble on a crack and embarrass my friend by falling back downhill and thus winning the race back to the bottom. Just kidding. I did my hair and wore nice earrings in case I had to be airlifted out. A girl can never be too careful, ya know? (See Dec 31, 2013 hike for further....) Reached the bottom and found we completed the hill in just under 1 hour and 20 minutes with phototaking time. He praises me and says that was good time for this newbie!

Again, this is a lengthy log and I am certain that is a boring hike for most Hike Arizona people. Not for this old gal who is moving forward in regaining her youth. Consider this my own personal blog and ignore it! I then txt'd all the kids to let them know of the accomplishment. One writes back that he's never done that hike ...maybe I can take him next week...WHAT HAVE I DONE???!! I have to do it again??! On the flip side, I DID smile all the way home and felt so great that once I got home, I pulled the dog out (since he wasn't allowed on Tumamoc) and took him on a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood in the dark up the top of Houghton. Heard racoons and an elf owl. Life is good... :)
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Mar 19 2014
amcole6
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65 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2014
amcole6
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   2.37 mph
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Another evening to night hike on Shantz Trail from Broadway. Headed south from there to the picnic area, then to the SNP road. Turned north as the sun started to set and headed back, all this in an effort to get in shape and to prep for an upcoming July PCT hike. Light flowers, perfect temps. Saw quail and jack rabbits. Heard elf owls and far, far off coyotes. Startled sleeping birds in a bush who in turn startled me. The moon was late to rise so I was off trail by the time it finally arrived. Lost 10 pounds in the last 60 days so these pathetic little hikes will continue to show up here as a testament to my efforts. So there!! :D :D
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Mar 14 2014
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65 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Shantz Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2014
amcole6
Hiking3.56 Miles
Hiking3.56 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.14 mph
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An evening/night hike under an almost full moon. I did 3.56 miles as an easy walk through the desert, heading south to the picnic area from Broadway, and then back north again. Took me 1 hr 40 minutes. The owls were talking for quite a long time and I also heard a flicker along with them...in darkness. Made me curious about what was upsetting the two of them. Later, the coyotes started up and it was delightful. The moon over Mica Mountain illuminating the saguaros......priceless. Creosote is in bloom, and some smaller flowers. No reptiles tonight.
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Feb 20 2014
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65 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Encinas TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2014
amcole6
Hiking1.56 Miles 164 AEG
Hiking1.56 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   1.44 mph
164 ft AEG
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This was a delightful little hike! I did not do a long distance. My main goal today was to get a Virtual geocache on the Encinas Trail, "Surveying the Desert", GC27BF. True geocaches are not allowed in Saguaro National Park and so this virtual, requiring information from a benchmark, works instead.

I approached from Tucson by way of Golden Gate Road. The road was in great shape, recently graded, and fine for passenger cars. While I usually always cache with my dog, they are also not allowed in Saguaro National Park so today, I hiked alone. I parked at the Ezkiminzin Picnic area. Not finding a real trailhead in the picnic area, I may have missed it, I just dropped down the hill to the wash and headed generally west until I figured out that the trail was basically a mostly level, open wash, quite sandy, which made the journey a bit more work.

The views were nice, the trail empty, and the smaller wildflowers were starting to bloom. Again, I only did about .8 miles in and then returned. The climb back out was a bit of a workout for me, but if I can do it, anyone can! :) I took an hour, but that was with lots of stops for taking pictures, gathering the needed info at the benchmark, and just goofing off.

Lastly, originally I was going to do this as a night hike with a friend. Last minute, I got lucky and found that there is a sign at Golden Gate Road and Picture Rocks prohibiting entrance on Golden Gate after sunset. I am glad I didn't waste a trip!
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Small wildflowers in bloom as well as the Creosote. Lupine are growing in the wash and will likely be blooming in a couple weeks.
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Feb 13 2014
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65 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Mica View - Cactus Forest LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2014
amcole6
Hiking2.53 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking2.53 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.90 mph
50 ft AEG
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I really don't know exactly what trail I did. I believe, based on the signs, it was part of the Shantz Trail. No matter. Accessed from Broadway at the entrance gate and headed south. Began at sundown, around 1810 hours, and finished off in the dark under a full moon around 1920 hours. Perfect temps, hiked alone. Nice sunset and the full moon later allowed for some walking with the headlamp off. Saw a jackrabbit, heard two packs of coyotes and the desert smelled like a florist! Took lots of pics. Hiked in, then turned around and retraced steps back to parking area.
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Feb 12 2014
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65 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Wildhorse Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2014
amcole6
Hiking1.05 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.05 Miles      33 Mns   1.91 mph
500 ft AEG
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Took an evening hike/walk with friend Jenison to debrief about a tough week. The moon was almost full and looked quite nice behind the saguaros. We started at the parking lot, headed east on the Douglas Spring trail, then took a right on the stock trail to finally head north back to Speedway and back to the parking lot. No big deal. But it was nice, only a light jacket was needed. No animals to be seen. I need to do more of this. Start time was 1900 hours and it was dark.
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Jun 16 2012
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65 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Grant Creek Trail #305Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2012
amcole6
Hiking0.75 Miles
Hiking0.75 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   0.50 mph
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Headed out on a short hike from Cunningham Campground out to grab a geocache on Grant Creek Trail #305. Not a tough hike for most people but with my foot pain, I took it real slow. Enjoyed the fern glen and the switchback up to the ridge where the cache was hidden. The surprise view from there was awesome! I had Chester the dog with me, a nice hike for him, I just felt I was a tad close to the road off and on and wanted to make sure I kept an eye on him and that he didn't wander off to far. Nice flowers, views, birds, and not too tough a hike.
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Oct 14 2010
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65 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Lakeshore Trail #340Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2010
amcole6
Hiking0.30 Miles 40 AEG
Hiking0.30 Miles      20 Mns   0.90 mph
40 ft AEG
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Up camping on Mt. Graham for a couple days, got up to Riggs Flat Lake and stopped to investigate. Did a slow meander on one side of the lake from the boat launch area to the dam, twice. Once to look around and another when I decided to go back and get my rod and try a few cast! A wonderful October day with nice temps. Everyone else was wearing sweatshirts, but I was mostly fine in a tank top. Tons of minnows in the water and you could see some smaller trout too. I ended up catching two rainbow trout on a kastmaster from shore, once from the dam and once just further south of there. A kingfisher flew back and forth making sure we all knew it was HIS territory! Nice lake, nice flat easy walk. I would have gone all the way around but my feet were hurting and I really wanted to spend some time fishing and caching...so much to do, so little time!
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Aug 14 2010
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65 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Mica View Trail - Saguaro NPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2010
amcole6
Hiking2.80 Miles
Hiking2.80 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.20 mph
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Evening hike with my son. Very nice. Level, easy, for us old coots. Saw a western blind snake, a bunch of tarantulas, some cool grasshoppers, and apparently a bobcat trailed us for a bit. Then found a bobcat skull in a pack rat nest at the end. Finished that off with a try for a local geocache, enjoyed the lightening in the distance and the cool night air. But did not enjoy my son's choice of Sharkie snacks....yuck.
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Jun 12 2010
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65 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Glen Canyon Dam OverlookNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2010
amcole6
Hiking0.08 Miles 2 AEG
Hiking0.08 Miles      30 Mns   0.16 mph
2 ft AEG
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A very nice walk to an awesome overlook of the river and the dam. The sandstone formations are very nice. Very windy, and I had just spent several hours getting my radiator hose fixed, so this was a nice finish to a frantic day 2 of a 22 day road trip. Three boats were cruising back up the river as I took one shot. I was surprised to find out that there was a tunnel carved out of the rock below the overlook that was used as part of the building process of the dam. Quite an educational stop.
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Jan 19 2010
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65 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Agua Caliente HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2010
amcole6
Hiking0.50 Miles 120 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles      40 Mns   0.75 mph
120 ft AEG
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Didn't go far, this is one steep hike pretty quick into the start. I had my dog with me, Chester, and he delighted in romping up the hill ahead of me. Nice views very quickly, great parking, and well maintained trail. Will have to try this again when I have more energy. Very quiet, peaceful, and no one was around anywhere.
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Apr 01 2007
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65 female
 Joined May 15 2008
 Tucson, Arizona
Agua Caliente Regional ParkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2007
amcole6
Hiking3.00 Miles 5 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour      3.00 mph
5 ft AEG
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April Fools Day and I took my out of town friend, and ex wildlife rescue pals, on a hike around the grounds at Agua Caliente Park. I love this place. Bullfrogs and turtles were everywhere. Dragonflies, and tons of birds. The park has a whiteboard with all the species of birds that are found there. On the first of each month, they erase all the logs, so people can log the new birds seen for that month. Well, the three of us must have spotted 30 species of birds that morning and we got to spend a great deal of time marking them as found on the board! It was so nice to go out hiking with friends who also enjoy bird and nature watching!
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Aug 26 2006
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65 female
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 Tucson, Arizona
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2006
amcole6
Hiking2.00 Miles
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Went up to meet my son on this trail since he had seen desert tortoise and I never had. Of course, by the time I met up with him, the tortoise was gone. But nice hike, beautiful views from the top of the ridges as the storm blew in and worried us that it would overcome us and we would get stabbed by lightening. Quiet, peaceful. Came back down in the dark and surprised a rattler on a boulder right on the side of the trail about hip height..that guy was MAD! But very beautiful. Nice hike. Need to try again so I get to see the tortoise!
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