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Sep 25 2020
RickVincent
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 Guides 4
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 Photos 3,366
 Triplogs 680

51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Sep 25 2020
RickVincent
Kayak6.00 Miles
Kayak6.00 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   5.14 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Put in at 5:25am by headlamp at Snaggletooth Rapid. Take out at Goldfield. Millions of tiny moths to contend with down some stretches of the river. I accidentally consumed at least one. Other than that, the weather was beautiful. Early morning run down the Salt is always therapeutic.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Sep 20 2020
RickVincent
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Sep 20 2020
RickVincent
Kayak9.00 Miles
Kayak9.00 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Met up with Troy for his first trip down the Salt. Put in at WU and took out at PhonD. Casual pace today. Knocked it out in around 2 hours. First time seeing Dave and Jeanine since the rescue. They were pulling over to the right side, this time in a much safer spot. Flow rate 960cfs.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Sep 18 2020
RickVincent
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Sep 18 2020
RickVincent
Kayak6.50 Miles
Kayak6.50 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Met up with Patrick and Tommy. Tommy brought a different, bigger sit on top kayak which caused him fits. Had trouble wheeling it down to the water. Wheels kept on coming off. It was dark when we started. He hit a rock almost right from the beginning. He didn't tip, but got hung up for a minute. Later, at Foxtail eddy, his kayak hit the eddy, which is like hitting the brakes. His kayak spun to the right and tossed him out the left of his boat. Bet he will bring the little boat next time. 1260cfs on the flow today.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Sep 11 2020
RickVincent
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Sep 11 2020
RickVincent
Kayak6.00 Miles
Kayak6.00 Miles   1 Hour      6.00 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Put in at Snaggletooth Rapid in the dark around 5:20am. Didn't have adequate sunlight to turn off the headlamps until after Pinball, around the bend as we were approaching the Bridge. Millions of tiny moths swarming a few inches above the river surface. They were a bit of a pain. Don't taste very good either. Glad I had sunglasses for them to deflect off of. Took out at Goldfield at 6:45am. USGS river flow rate at 1260cfs.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Sep 06 2020
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Fish Creek Trail #60Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2020
RickVincent
Hiking2.60 Miles
Hiking2.60 Miles
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1st trip
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Started from Wildcat Bridge. Hiked in about 1.3 miles, set up hammocks, then hiked out same way.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Sep 04 2020
RickVincent
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
West Baldy Trail #94Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2020
RickVincent
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles
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Hiked in about 2.5 miles to our fav spot. Set up some hammocks and enjoyed.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Aug 28 2020
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 28 2020
RickVincent
Kayak8.25 Miles
Kayak8.25 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
THE RESCUE

Strong flow today 1380 cfs. Put in at Snaggletooth and took out at PhonD. Lost track of time on this run due to a rescue situation. Somewhere after exit 4, I spotted a couple in an inflatable Sea Eagle kayak, trying to make their way to the right edge of the river. It looked like a horrible spot to try and stop. I spotted a strainer just about 15-20 feet downstream from where they were attempting to land. I said to my friend, Patrick, "This is about to go bad."

Sure enough, they lost their fight against the current, the boat was now backwards. They tried to eddy out to the edge, but the current just pulled them right into the tree branches. Kayak went sideways, tipped over and both occupants were in the water. The guy went underneath the boat and strainer. He popped up on the other side. The woman immediately grabbed a branch above her head and hung on.

Patrick and I made our way to the edge (downstream of the strainer). Patrick remained on the water, while I caught an eddy and jumped out of my kayak. (2 miles earlier, I had just picked up a large floatie cushion that tubers left behind. Trash clean up on every trip). I grabbed the floatie and started fighting my way along the edge in waist deep water. The man was now on land and saw me. He yelled out several times, "That's my wife."

The current looked slow, but felt much more powerful. Each step took effort, but grabbing branches, I was able to pull myself along towards the woman. The kayak was still pinned against the strainer, and the woman was pressed up against the kayak. I watched her hands slowly slipping as I got closer. I kept reminding her that I was there and getting close. By the time I reached her, I could see that the lower lip of her mouth was just 1/2" above the current that was wrapping around the back of her head. (She was wearing a PFD). I handed her the floatie. Looking down stream I saw that Patrick was in a good safety position down river. I told the woman to hold onto the floatie and then let go of the branch. She listened and did as I suggested. I watched her float down to Patrick where he was able to bring her to a safe spot on the left edge of the river. Before getting myself out of this mess, I tried my best to dislodge the kayak. No luck and I didn't feel safe enough to try much harder.

I made it back to my kayak and started yelling for the man's attention. He had tried to make his way to where his wife was stuck, but the foliage is just so thick. I called out, and could hear him asking about his wife. I yelled out that she was safe. I walked up onto the land to make sure he could locate me through the thick jungle-like terrain. I felt a sharp sting and burn. Then another, then another. Something was stinging me and I couldn't make out what it was. I retreated back to the water and continued yelling for the guy to follow my voice. He would have no way across the river without swimming and I didn't know if he had a PFD. He finally popped out of the bushes. I told him to come my way into the water and warned him that he may get stung. He did get stung and then just kind of jumped/fell into the water next to me.

I opened up the back of my kayak where I keep a spare plastic pool tube, a hand air pump, and some rope (all things I have found in the river and kept, btw). I aired up the tube with the pump, he ploppped his ass in the tube and I tied it to my kayak with the rope. Towed him (Dave) to the downriver left location where Pat was with his wife (Jeanette). She was fine, maybe a little shaken up and worried about her husband. He was cut up from the branches under water and from fighting through the thick brush on land. They were both thankful that Patrick and I were in the perfect position to help them. If we had already passed, it would have been difficult to get to them by water and as Dave learned, movement over land was anything but easy.

Shortly after, some other kayakers came along. From a distance, we could see this next kayaker making his way towards the stranded kayak. Again, I'm thinking to myself, "Bad idea." No sooner, plop, he tipped and went into the river. His partner had stayed her distance from the obstacle. The guy gets right back in his kayak, and then we watch as the stranded kayak just seemed to come loose. Apparently, he had hooked into it and his kayak and current pulled it loose as he tipped. I don't know exactly. I got Dave and Jeanette's attention who had walked up onto land and out of sight. Told them we got their kayak. Patrick grabbed the kayak with some help from the guy who tipped. We got Dave and Jeanette back in their kayak and I set up a tow rope behind my kayak.

While I towed, Patrick cruised the right bank and came across one of their paddles. Dave had also lost a camera and his eyeglasses in the tip. Patrick gave them the paddle and than they were happy to separate from us and go on their own way. We talked with the other couple, who had knocked loose the kayak, for the rest of our run to Phon D.

I think Dave and Jeanette learned a lesson this day about strainers. They are an older couple, that I would estimate to be in their late 70's. They were out for a day of bird watching and wanted to pull over to the right for a closer look (through binoculars) at an eagle's nest they know about. They got out of this situation with a lost camera, eyeglasses and a paddle. Their day could have gone much worse.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Aug 14 2020
RickVincent
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 Guides 4
 Routes 5
 Photos 3,366
 Triplogs 680

51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 14 2020
RickVincent
Kayak9.00 Miles
Kayak9.00 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   4.70 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Met up with Patrick and Tommy. Tommy got his new Lifeline yak. We put in at WU and paddled to Phon. 1280 cfs today. Great flow.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Aug 07 2020
RickVincent
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 Guides 4
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 Photos 3,366
 Triplogs 680

51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 07 2020
RickVincent
Kayak9.00 Miles
Kayak9.00 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   3.86 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Met up with Pat and Tommy, the usual time (4:30am). Ran WU to Phon today. Put Tommy in the inflatable. I'm sure he will be buying his own yak, if he hasn't already. I got doused at Pinball today. Dropped into a hole and the next rapid just came right over the bow. It makes for a refreshing start at 5:30 in the morning. We pulled aside, dumped boats and continued on. 1220 cfs flow this morning. Highest yet of this season.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Jul 31 2020
RickVincent
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 Guides 4
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 Photos 3,366
 Triplogs 680

51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 31 2020
RickVincent
Kayak11.25 Miles
Kayak11.25 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   5.53 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Finally some great flow for our 11 mile paddle from Snaggletooth rapid to Granite Reef. The 1120 cfs flow definitely pushed us down river at a faster clip. We ended up taking out just over 2 hours after we had started. Nothing out of the ordinary on this weekly trip. Lots of horses and blue heron among the several other varieties of wildlife.
_____________________
This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Jul 23 2020
RickVincent
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 Guides 4
 Routes 5
 Photos 3,366
 Triplogs 680

51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 23 2020
RickVincent
Kayak8.25 Miles
Kayak8.25 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   4.50 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Super slow 345 cfs today. This is the lowest flow I've ever run the river. We put in at Snaggletooth rapid and paddled to Phon. Took an hour and 50 minutes. Usually knock this out in 1:15 to 1:30. Bump and drag more than usual. Had to get out of the kayak once to walk out of shallow water. Even at this low flow, it still makes for a great day on the river.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Jul 17 2020
RickVincent
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 17 2020
RickVincent
Kayak11.25 Miles
Kayak11.25 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   4.89 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Put in at Snaggletooth. USGS flow rate showing 613cfs. Horses everywhere and plenty of them who seemed to want to cross the river right in front of us. That always makes for some great up close moments. Beautiful creatures. We saw the raccoon again. Other than that, nothing remarkable. Just another great morning on the Salt.
_____________________
This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Jul 10 2020
RickVincent
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 Guides 4
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 Photos 3,366
 Triplogs 680

51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 10 2020
RickVincent
Kayak12.00 Miles
Kayak12.00 Miles   3 Hrs      4.00 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Put in 5:10am at Water Users. Finished up 3 hours later at Granite Reef. Plenty of horse encounters, a swimming raccoon and a killer sunrise were the highlights of this trip. Flow rate at 640cfs.
Named place
Named place
Four Peaks Wilderness
Meteorology
Meteorology
Sunrise
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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Jun 26 2020
RickVincent
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Creek Wilderness Loop via Goosecreek TH, CO 
Lost Creek Wilderness Loop via Goosecreek TH, CO
 
Backpack avatar Jun 26 2020
RickVincent
Backpack26.70 Miles 6,000 AEG
Backpack26.70 Miles4 Days         
6,000 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Flew to Denver with my friend Don to meet up with Chris. The three of us were on the trail just before noon on Friday. We camped at Lake Park the first night. Second night stayed at Refrigerator Gulch and 3rd night in an area near the Shaft House and old cabins.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Jun 12 2020
RickVincent
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 Guides 4
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 Triplogs 680

51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jun 12 2020
RickVincent
Kayak8.25 Miles
Kayak8.25 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
735 cfs.
Met up with Kelly. Put in at Snaggletooth and paddled down to Phon. Picked up a new Playmate. An actual Igloo Playmate cooler found floating down the river. It looked like a baby cradle. Pleased to find no baby. Plenty of horses along the way, along with the usual supply of Blue Heron and Red Wing black birds.

Casual pace today. This was Kelly's first river run in a kayak. Moved slower to enjoy nature, the wild horses and the lack of civilization that the Salt River provides just outside the metropolis.
_____________________
This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Jun 05 2020
RickVincent
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 Photos 3,366
 Triplogs 680

51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jun 05 2020
RickVincent
Kayak8.20 Miles
Kayak8.20 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
On the water bright and early, about quarter after 5am. Put in at Snaggletooth, take out at Phon. Didn't note take out time. I'm guessing that we ran it in about 1hr 45min. 725 cfs (estimate).
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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May 30 2020
RickVincent
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 Guides 4
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 Photos 3,366
 Triplogs 680

51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Crescent Lake Kayak, AZ 
Crescent Lake Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar May 30 2020
RickVincent
Kayak
Kayak
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Casual paddle around Crescent Lake in the White Mountains. Joined by Anna, Wendy and Earl. This was more of a get on the water and enjoy a few beers type of trip. Although there was some paddling required. Wind speeds in the teens, made for a lot of hard paddling against the current (and white caps). We would paddle into the wind, then float back and repeat. Good way to earn a beer on the float back. Ultimately, after a couple of wind runs, we decided to relax and tied off boats to a dock where we just enjoyed our drinks and conversation.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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May 22 2020
RickVincent
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 Guides 4
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar May 22 2020
RickVincent
Kayak12.00 Miles
Kayak12.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   4.80 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Dropped in at WU and took out at Granite. Saw a bald eagle today. 640 cfs
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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May 16 2020
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
West Baldy Trail #94Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 16 2020
RickVincent
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles
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Another trip up to the cabin in Nutrioso and another trip to the West Baldy Trail for a casual hike through the easy part (and most scenic) of the trail. Beautiful day with partial cloud cover and temps in the 70's with a light breeze at times.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
May 01 2020
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2020
RickVincent
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Great day to cool off at Salome Creek. Met up with Todd and Paul around 6am in Mesa, then made our way out to the Jug Trail via route 87. Great mix of hot temps, ideal water flow and spring colors. Surprised to see so many people out there on a Friday. Must be a lot of people on furlough or short work weeks.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
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