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Nov 05 2010
T Harris
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Baboquivari & Chiricahua, AZ 
Baboquivari & Chiricahua, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2010
T Harris
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I decided to go on a spur of the moment trip to two places i've been wanting to visit for a long time. I stayed up all night and left home at midnight and headed to Baboquivari. It's kind of scary going to a new place in the middle of the night when border patrol is searching the nearby desert with a spot light. This honestly might have been the first sun rise i've ever experienced since I really started photography. Believe me...I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON. It's definately way harder trying to find a composition and focus in the dark (i'll stick to sunsets, thank you). At around 9:30 I headed to Chiricahua and got to the park at about 1. I decided to do the Echo Canyon trail because it's the only one i've ever heard of. The parking lot was full when I got there, but around sunset I had the place to myself. I did a bunch of climbing on some hoodoos to get the sel portrait shot and sunset shots. It's amazing to me that you can go from sweating your ass off to freezing and having goose bumps within 45 minutes.
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Nov 02 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2010
T Harris
Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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I really didn't want to miss the color in West Fork this year, so I decided to head up after class on Tuesday. I got out at 10:00 and was at the trail head by 12:45 (I got into town at about 11:35) and hiked in since the lot was completely full. I wanted to go as far as I could and see Joel's famous spots from last year. Walking through that water to get there is freezing, although not as cold as when i fell through the ice last january, haha. At about 4:45 I headed back and really pushed myself. I didn't stop to rest or drink (did that on the go) until I got to my car. I wanted to get out near Bell Rock for some star trails before the sun was completely down so I could get my focus...that didn't happen. It's really hard to try and focus when it's dark and you're doing long exposures. I did two seperate exposures and left. I wish I would have stayed longer, but I was on 4 hours of sleep after hiking all day, and I had to get home to study for a test the next morning.
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Oct 15 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
 Triplogs 30

29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
San Francisco Peaks, AZ 
San Francisco Peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2010
T Harris
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I really really really wanted to go on the HAZ workshop last weekend but because of school work, I couldn't make it. I still wanted to shoot some fall color so I decided to go this weekend. I also got an invite to the NAU football game from a friend on the team, so that basically sealed it. After I got out of class at 10:30 on Thursday, I headed up to Flag. I've been wanting to visit Hart Prarie for some time now, but I was actually disapointed by the lack of color, and I wasn't expecting that area to be so hard to shoot. I ended up camping right near fr 151 where the first two photos were taken. I spoke to a couple hunters who were getting ready for hunting season to start the next day, and i'm guessing they lucked out because the elk were going crazy that night. The next day I decided to go to the other side of the peaks and it was very colorful out there. Friday was a let down since the sun only came out for about 30 minutes the entire day. I really didn't get any good light the entire trip so I had to look away from my grand landscapes and look more closely at the little things. You can see where I slept Friday night in the last photo, and it was COLD that night. A nightmare woke me up (I had a dream that I was bit 17 times by rattlesnakes, and yes 17, I remember counting) and I looked at the thermometer in the car and it said it was 30 inside! I know that probably isn't very cold, but to someone who has lived in Tucson and Phoenix their whole lives, it's freezing.
Culture
Culture
HAZ Rides
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Oct 03 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
 Triplogs 30

29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Santa Ritas, AZ 
Santa Ritas, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2010
T Harris
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After setting up two parties for my uncle, who happens to know everyone in Tucson, and dropping off my grandfather and cousin at the airport, I had the day to go hiking. Since I was already in south Tucson, I figured i'd give something new a try. I chose the Santa Rita mountains, and Madera Canyon in particular. I had no idea where I wanted to go, or what I wanted to see, but I drove as far up as I could and I started hiking. I picked the Josephine saddle trailhead for the hell of it, and like an idiot, I missed the turnoff and headed all the way to the mine. I still had plenty of time so I got on the right trail and headed straight up, it felt like. I got up to the junction of Agua Caliente saddle and Josephine and there was a note saying that an aggressive mama bear and her cub had been spotted on the trail twice in the past week. I decided to turn around (using my noggin for once) since I was by myself, the trail was right on the edge of a cliff and was about a foot wide. On the drive in I noticed an interesting view of the mountains and decided to head back there. It was about 4:15 when I turned around and I knew I had to book it to find a decent composition for sunset. By the time I got down, my knees felt like jello, and all I wanted to do was lay in bed. Thankfully I made it in time, and I feel like it was an overral success.
Named place
Named place
Mount Wrightson
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Apr 11 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Four Peaks Trail #130Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2010
T Harris
Hiking11.75 Miles 6,340 AEG
Hiking11.75 Miles
6,340 ft AEG
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This is from 3 seperate trips out in the Four Peaks Wilderness over the last month. I some how ended up not even getting a shot of the peaks themself.
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Mar 16 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2010
T Harris
Hiking3.90 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles
1,113 ft AEG
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Still working on my photography project, so i decided to go on this hike, which i've wanted to do since I saw Joel's incredible photos from there. I've been recovering from a pulled calf muscle, and I was probably at 75%. To keep from tightening up, I pushed myself more than I usually do, and I tired myself out quick. I saw tons of people on the trail, but once I got over the ridge(whatever you wanna call it), I only saw a couple people. I found the composition I wanted with about an hour until good light, so I passed the time by listening to Stone Temple Pilots, throwing rocks at agaves, and pacing back and forth. At one point a humming bird flew over by me and was bathing in the water, which was interesting. I really only took 2 pictures, but I wanted to post them on here so I put a self portrait, and a snap shot of the area, on the way back. The hike back was pretty creepy...it seemed like every couple hundred feet or so, some kind of critter would scurry by or rustle around in the bushes, and this is how i felt the entire time :scared: To make it even worse...I came from the crosscut trail because I'm a poor college student and I don't have the money to spend on the shortcut through the park.
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Mar 11 2010
T Harris
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Superstition View - Silly MtnPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2010
T Harris
Hiking1.00 Miles 172 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
172 ft AEG
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This is about 3/4 of the first part of my final project for my photo 4 class. The first 3 were taken around LaBarge Canyon overview, with the 3rd one facing canyon lake from there. The one with the lone Saguaro is out in the middle nowhere pretty much, the one with the water was a mountain stream from the Tortilla trail. The one with a little pool of water is from 1st water trail near the black mesa part. And finally the two prickly pears are from the Tortilla trail with the last one being a negative (decided to mess around and see what it looked like).
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Feb 26 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Tortilla-Fish MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2010
T Harris
Hiking5.75 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles
1,490 ft AEG
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I just took the Tortilla trailhead out to Peter's trail and back. I've driven by the trail head a million times, and I decided to check it out today. I also needed to take another roll of film for class (doing my final project on the Supes). I really didn't take very many shot with my normal camera, and these were the ones. I thought there was going to be a better sunset (storm clouds ruined it), but i'll take a moonrise too (the last photo).
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Feb 20 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
La Barge Canyon ViewPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2010
T Harris
Hiking4.60 Miles 930 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.07 mph
930 ft AEG
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I'm doing my final project/portfolio on the Supes, and I needed to shoot a roll of film. I've always wanted to do this hike, but I just hadn't gotten around to doing it. I left the car at about 3:30, and got up to the view point by 4:30. I sat around waiting for the sunset (I looked at the weather beforehand, and it was supposed to clear up a bit). At around 5 or so, the sun was peeking out from the clouds right after some rain, and there was some incredible light. Hopefully once I make prints of the shots, I can put them up here.
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Feb 19 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Second Water - Black Mesa cut LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2010
T Harris
Hiking9.33 Miles 462 AEG
Hiking9.33 Miles   4 Hrs      2.33 mph
462 ft AEG
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My dad wanted to go on a hike with me, and he heard about this trail. I thought it was kind of on the boring side, but it was a good being out there with my dad.
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Feb 14 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Signal HillTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2010
T Harris
Hiking0.60 Miles 160 AEG
Hiking0.60 Miles
160 ft AEG
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I originally planned on going to Tanque Verde Falls with my cousin, but he couldn't make the trip out there. I've been to Signal Hill (last summer) and I thought it would be cool to try my astrophotography with a petroglyph in the foreground. When I was there last summer, I drove through the Tucson Mountains and thought they were interesting. I on explored the mountains a little bit and took a shot at sunset, and went to Signal Hill. Not the most exciting hike ever, but it's nice to get back into the desert, since I've been doing so much creek related hiking lately.
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Feb 13 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sutherland Trail #6Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2010
T Harris
Hiking12.00 Miles 7,000 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles
7,000 ft AEG
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I'm visiting family down in Tucson this weekend, and I decided to head down early to go hiking. I decided to take the Sutherland Trail, which I've hiked before, to some canyon i've wanted to explore. Once I finally got to the canyon, I headed about a mile back, without taking many photos. I did experiment with a neutral density filter I have, but haven't really used because it's for my old lens (First picture). The second picture is a little dissapointing, because I thought the white flowers would show up more than they do, but i'm still happy with it. The first time I hiked part of this trail, my cousin pointed out this seasonal, double waterfall. It was dry that time, but not this time. I was planning on waiting for the sunset to get this picture, and I had to climb up a mountain to get a good vantage point. I was sitting on a huge boulder that I just kept imagining falling down. I got to the spot about an hour before the sunset, which was kind of a drag but I was listening to the Fugees while watching the mountain turn colors. When I finally got to the bottom, it was just about dark, and like my last photoset, i'm still experimenting with astro photography. There was no moon, I was by myself, and my battery was dying, so I didn't put a lot of time into it. I took this photo (last one) and decided to leave afterwords, becaus I was so paranoid with every little noise :scared: . I think if I would have tried a little bit longer, the milky way would have shown better, but i'm still learning. I used a flashlight to light the saguaro for half of the 60 second exposure. I also put the saguaro at an angle so it looks like it's pointing to the stars.
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Jan 25 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 25 2010
T Harris
Canyoneering5.80 Miles 700 AEG
Canyoneering5.80 Miles
700 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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I was upset with the way my photos from this place turned out last time, so I wanted to go back. This trip started off pretty lame with millions and millions of snow birds all driving down to Tortilla Flat. The average speed from Idaho road to to Tortilla flat was inbetween 25 & 30 mph...and that's including most of the way being a 50 mph zone. Stuck in the mile long convey, I was frustrated from the beginning. I finally got down to Fish Creek and I looked up at one of the canyon walls, and there was a waterfall coming down it. I'm sure a bunch of you have seen these walls before, so you know they're huge. I walked towards it to take a picture, and with my 10mm lens, I barely got it in frame (1st picture). I then went down to the creek, and man, it was rushing, the water took up almost the entire canyon floor. Last time I went, the creek was about a foot wide, and this time, that was all there was to walk. I wanted to get to the fold, and I really had to push myself to get there. I had to cross the creek a total of 4 times the whole trip, and on the way back, all ten of my toes were numb. I really didn't take very many pictures, just because I was so focused on getting to the fold, but I think these photos are better than last times. I got out of the canyon at 6 o'clock, and decided to wait until it was completely dark to go home. I've been interested in trying star trails, and I decided this would probably be a good place and time to try. The moon was too bright, and I don't have a shutter release cable (getting one soon) so it kind of moved a little. I just decided to put it on here anyway for fun (last picture), it's so weird that it looks like day time, even though it was shot in darkness. (it was a 7 & 1/2 minute exposure).
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Jan 23 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
First Water TH to Canyon LakePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2010
T Harris
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,589 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles
1,589 ft AEG
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Just like a couple photo sets ago...I have no idea what the name of this place is. After the rain, I went out in search of some running water, and I knew the road past Tortilla Flat would be closed. Knowing this, I decided to pull off the side of the road to hike in an area i've always seen cars at. I found this huge canyon, and looked all around for a place to get down, and finally found one. I was surprised at how much water there was, it was like a raging river, and there were parts where i couldn't pass because there was so much water. Around 4:00 or so, I decided to find a different way out because the way I came down would be impossible to get up. After climbing this giant mountain with loose rock, and almost slipping once, I finally made it up, and boy was I tired. :stretch: Once I was at the top, I stumbled to find a place to sit, and decided to sit near the edge of a cliff so I would have a nice view while recovering. Suddenly, a rainbow appeared over Canyon lake, and it only lasted for about a minute. I frantically took my camera out of my bag, set up my tripod, and composed the picture as fast and as well as I could. So I think the last picture turned out really well for not putting any time or thought into it. The hike I posted this as would be the best guess of where this place is. It's off the road right before you start turning east on the Apache Trail, and not too far from the Canyon Lake overlook, I believe. The tiny little parking area is right next to a telephone pole thing, and there is barely a trail. If anyone has any ideas of what canyon this is, I would appreciate it. Sorry for how bad this write up is, i'm up way too late, and i wanted to post this.
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Jan 15 2010
T Harris
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2010
T Harris
Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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I've been wanting to do this hike for a while, and I never got the chance during fall. My Dad and I planned a short little trip, and decided to do this one, even though there would be no fall color (but there were pretty much no people so....). I honestly wasn't expecting there to be so much snow, and the trails were ice. I was pretty much figure skating, and believe me, I'm really bad on ice. I'm happy to say I only fell once, because I was trying to hold onto a tree...bad idea. At the first creek crossing, not far from the first picture, I had two options. Either cross a couple logs and a few rocks which had some ice on them. Or walk over part of the water that was frozen. My dad decided he would walk over the ice, and i decided to follow him. I should have changed my mind when I heard some of the ice cracking, but I went for it anyway. Two steps in....ccccrrrraaaacccckkkkk.....my left leg went straight through to about half way up my shin. I have never felt colder water in my life (helps living in Phoenix and Tucson my whole life), and then I decided to keep going on, with a numb foot :doh: I really didn't get that many good photos, but i'll be back.....in season! :D
Named place
Named place
West Fork Oak Creek
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Jan 07 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Tortilla Creek - Lower LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 07 2010
T Harris
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 700 AEG
Canyoneering8.00 Miles
700 ft AEG
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If someone could help me on this, I would really appreciate it. I saw these canyons off the road when I was driving back from another hike the other day, and i wanted to go check it out. It's about a mile or two east from Tortilla Flat, not too far from the second creek crossing. There's a dirt road that goes up to the canyons and that's about all i can really give on where it is. We just went out and followed the creek bed (some pools, but not running at all) and went out a few miles. It was a pretty nice hike and would have been great if there was running water. The one bad thing about it was all the pricker bushes. They were EVERYWHERE, and i got stabbed a bunch of times. Once we got out a few miles and decided we didn't want to battle the prickers anymore, we climed one of the mountains (that's the second to last picture). After that, we headed back and waited for the sunset near the begining of the canyon.
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Jan 05 2010
T Harris
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 Photos 130
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 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 05 2010
T Harris
Canyoneering5.80 Miles 700 AEG
Canyoneering5.80 Miles   3 Hrs      1.93 mph
700 ft AEG
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My friend Austin just started hiking lately as a way to get exercise, and he's fallen in love with it. It's great for me because i've never had anyone to go with, and my parents get upset when I tell them I hike by myself. The only places he's hiked are in the Mcdowells, so i decided to show him a real hike, in some real mountains. We decided to go on the Upper Bridge section because i had never done the hike before (done the lower one). I was hoping for running water, but wasn't expecting it. I was actually pretty surprised by the amount of running water, which went on and off in places. It's definetely a tough hike with all the boulder hopping involved, and these boulders are HUGE. I had seen pictures of the fold on one of the canyon walls and made sure we got up to there. I'm taking a geology class next semester, and after seeing this, i'm actually excited about the class (even though it's still school). This was an awesome hike, and i plan on going back when there's more water.
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Nov 29 2009
T Harris
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2009
T Harris
Hiking3.00 Miles 2,822 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   4 Hrs      0.75 mph
2,822 ft AEG
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I got a new nd filter as an early birthday present from my parents, and i thought i would put it to use. When I left i got that feeling that i forgot something, but i couldn't think of what it was. When I finally got to the trailhead and stepped out of my car, i realized that i forgot my hiking shoes, and i had vans on. So to start, this wasn't the smartest trip i've had, and my ankles paid the price :stretch: . The other dumb thing i did was thinking that i could stand in the middle of the creek to get a couple good shots. It was about 50 degrees out, and i touched the water, and it really didn't feel that cold. I decided i would stand in the middle for a few minutes and deal with the pretty cold water. After about 2 minutes (1:30 setting up) my legs, knee high, started hurting. It was definetely a stupid idea, and the second picture was my "attempt." I really liked this hike, and was surprised by the fall colors still there, but i don't think i've ever seen so many trees on the ground in one area before. It really made it hard to take pictures of the creek.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Nov 11 2009
T Harris
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29 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Slide Rock State ParkSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2009
T Harris
Hiking0.60 Miles 24 AEG
Hiking0.60 Miles
24 ft AEG
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I went to Sedona planning on going to West Fork, but since i missed the leaves by a couple weeks, and since West Fork was packed (which i'm sure it always is), I decided to just wander around in Oak Creek Canyon. I started off kind of at the beginning, and there's one picture you can tell isn't from Slide Rock (obviously that's from the beginning part). I wandered my way down, until i got to slide rock, and realized that there was no one there!. :D I stayed around slide rock for a couple hours for the right light, hoping there would be a sunset (of course there wasn't). I was shocked though....no one at slide rock, even though the water was really cold, it's always packed. I've always thought that area was beautiful, and being there completely by myself for a few hours was awesome!
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May 21 2009
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Romero Canyon PoolsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2009
T Harris
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.22 mph
1,060 ft AEG
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Rained the entire time going up to the pools, and didn't rain a drop on my way back. I saw two people the whole hike. I really enjoyed it
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