Repeating a route from a year or so ago, I wanted to revisit the sculpted rock washes after the recent rains. I was rewarded with flowing water through my favorite sections of the trail. I wanted to splash some water on my head to cool down a bit, but the pools were less-than cool and refreshing. On the way back, I really started to feel the heat (89 and humid) and ran through most of my water pretty quickly. Spotted another desert tortoise on trail - second one this week. They're loving the fresh greenery that's sprouted up.
Just had to get out and do a little late afternoon hike. Been a while since I was last here. Things have greened up nicely and the saguaros look less deflated. Heard the report of a pistol up the valley as I started out. Toward the top I found the source: some one had shot a rattler in the head and left it on the trail for all to see. I pushed it off to the side. What's wrong with people? Mother Nature saw my distress and, just up the trail, gave me a nice tortoise encounter. He or she was nom-nomming a leafy green plant.
Pre-birthday day trip up to Sedona for a little hiking. This was hike number one for the day. I parked at the Long Canyon trailhead and proceeded from there. Visited the Birthing Cave... tot of fuss over that. It's neat and all, but I wouldn't call this a top destination for Sedona. From there I went up top to the southern portion of Mescal Mountain for some great views over Sedona.
Pre-birthday day trip up to Sedona for a little hiking. This was hike number two for the day. I had originally thought about Doe Mountain, but the parking lot was packed, so I backtracked to Fay. I remember doing this as one of the first hikes I took with my (then) girlfriend (now wife) 23 years ago. Walked up to the end of the trail and followed the wash a ways until it became choked with vegetation. I had completely forgotten about the arch, and took a side trip up to see that. Neat little canyon.
Pre-birthday day trip up to Sedona for a little hiking. This was hike number three for the day. This was a cool little cap on the day. Very cool area - someplace out of the way to bring folks from out of town.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.