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Feb 17 2021
gummo
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Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2021
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Hiking5.35 Miles 1,318 AEG
Hiking5.35 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   2.74 mph
1,318 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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Feb 15 2021
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Bog - Kent Springs LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2021
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.60 mph
1,600 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
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I thought the canyon would be crowded for President's Day, but that wasn't the case. Trailhead temp was 51F, not cold enough to go shirtless. It was drier than I thought, but there was some puddles in the creek. I got lost by taking the wrong trail back to the car, but it wasn't too bad. I had camera issues, but I didn't see much anyway this trip.
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Feb 14 2021
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Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2021
gummo
Hiking11.00 Miles 3,140 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   1.88 mph
3,140 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Trail temp was @ 39F at the start. I did the Big Loop for my cold weather training™. I wasn't able to get out as much as I hoped in the mountains this winter, so I was not sure what my cold tolerance was. It wasn't too bad. I did the loop in my winter shorts and shoes. I was hoping that it would snow here, but it didn't. Snow covered the southern Chiricahuas but missed the monument.

I passed 29 people on the loop. Only one asked if I were cold. She stated that she was wearing 4 layers including a thick coat and a hooded sweater.

The sun shined at the end of the hike. The trail temp at the end was @46F, so it really never warmed up. People were friendly. The hike and being exposed to the cold was not too challenging, but it was still a good hike.
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Feb 13 2021
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Natural Bridge Trail - Chiricahua N.M.Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2021
gummo
Hiking4.80 Miles 681 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.06 mph
681 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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I'm slow compared to every else on here. It might be because I'm always on the lookout for wildlife, but I'm somewhat sure this is how fast I can go. Not that I mind too much. I did take a few minutes to try to catch a bird (I'm not going to explain), but other than that I walked the whole time.
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Feb 08 2021
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Broadway CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2021
gummo
Hiking3.70 Miles 960 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   1.93 mph
960 ft AEG      13 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Feb 07 2021
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2021
gummo
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   2.47 mph
1,350 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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This will probably be my workout trail until mid-March. It wasn't as crowded as I thought, and I don't remember it being hard before, so I must be getting out of shape. I am coming off an injury, which may explain why I was dragging today.
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Jan 31 2021
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Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
gummo
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,967 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   2.47 mph
1,967 ft AEG      11 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
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Partners none no partners
It wasn't as crowded as I thought. Car issues kept me local this weekend. I would have preferred to hike in snow. Lots of side-blotched lizards though. No photos.
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Jan 18 2021
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Vault Mine Trail #77Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2021
gummo
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   1.73 mph
2,360 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Did the loop. Up Vault Mine and down Super Trail. Did some scouting also. I didn't see much wildlife besides a deer and a few birds. I'm working on getting my stamina up. Much warmer than yesterday, but there's supposed to be a cold front coming in this week.
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Jan 17 2021
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Bog - Kent Springs LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2021
gummo
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   1.81 mph
1,600 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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39F at the start @ 8AM. Air temp was 58F when I ended. No wildlife. I saw people starting the hike near the end after 10AM.
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Nov 29 2020
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Murchison Falls National ParkAfrica, WW
Africa, WW
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Scenic Drive
Scenic Drive
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Since covid cases were on the rise with Thanksgiving around the corner, I figured I'd play it safe and go to Uganda for a couple weeks. I have friends in Uganda and am looking to add more to the list. The flight was difficult because I got zero hours of sleep on it and followed it up with an additional zero more hours of sleep when I arrived. I am thankful that I missed the gunfire driven by political strife that took place a day before I arrived (We ain't the only country that has fierce political division).

After a few days rest in Kampala, I started the safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park to look for lions. The first day, we did not find any. We only found one on the second day. The lions in the southern section climb fig trees, a behavior that is not seen anyway else in the world. They sleep in trees to cool off and escape the biting insects.

The safari lead to Sempaya hot springs and then Murchison Falls National Park. The ferry to the falls was closed. They are getting excess rainfall there. The grass was high, making it difficult to find animals.

One of the first animals that I saw on the 2nd day in Murchison was a leopard early morning. The group that I was with attempted to find lion but with no success. The lodge was empty, so we mainly had the park to ourselves, minus the rangers and construction crew. Lizards, warthogs, and waterbucks were common near the lodge.

This was my 5th trip to Uganda. By far, there were more baboons and Jackson's hornbills during this trip. A snake was seen crossing the road in Queen Elizabeth Nat'l Park. It looked like a small black mamba, but it was too quick to identify. I found a sick or injured bat in the lobby of the lodge. I found a African crawled frog in the pool and many of the lizards walking the lodge grounds. Some lizards were found at the ferry near the river. After Murchison Falls, the group ventured to Aruu Falls with a short but steep hike and back to Kampala.

As for the Covid regluations: Uganda required masks at all times inside businesses, but they did not enforce it. I did, however, require to get a PCR test 3 days before my trip and 5 days before leaving the country. The airport enforced strict regulations as tourists were turned away if they didn't have PCR tests before boarding. Mask rules goes as follows: Before entering a hotel, park, and some restaurants & museums, you must wear a mask. After they take your temperature and you sanitize your hands, then you can remove your mask if you want when inside. All staff wear masks. No one seems to worry about getting Covid-19. Only about a few hundred get infected each day. I kept getting asked, "Why are so many Americans dying from Covid-19?"

Cases in Uganda are rising slightly but not nearly what it's like in the US. In fact, it's not even a topic of concern here. It's more concerning to contract malaria than Covid-19. It felt relief not talking about Covid-19 or politics.
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Nov 06 2020
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Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2020
gummo
Hiking4.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Well, I'm still finding snakes in November, and they're thirsty. I saw one coachwhip. He was obviously dehydrated. He was thin, slow for a coachwhip, and its poop was hard (he tried to poop on me when I caught it).

He tried to bite me but he could not strike very well. As soon as I start spraying water on him (I carry a spray bottle with me when I hike in the desert), he calmed down and started drinking right away. I grew impatient, so I dunked his head in the water to get him to drink faster. He drank for about a half hour and took up more than half of the water I had. Video:



On the next day (11/7), I saw a baby patch-nosed snake that also drank water. Snakes are stressed due to the drought, so I'm doing my part to give them water when I can. I've never seen so many thirsty reptiles.
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Aug 26 2020
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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2020
gummo
Hiking6.50 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles
320 ft AEG
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Smokey! I didn't know there was a fire in the area, but I managed to get onto the trail and do a little scouting. I only saw a night snake. The main entertainment was after the hike. I stopped at Taco Bell to get an egg burrito. A thin, elderly, big bearded, and unmasked man came up to me to tell me that the coronavirus was like HIV and not airborne. He stated that his senator (whoever that is) told him and that the government is lying to us.

My first thought was, "So why do you believe in that one senator who also works for the government?" He had that blank stare that is common with mentally ill folks, so I felt sorry for him and listened. He told me that the virus was spread by eating meat. I told me that I don't eat meat, except fish once in a while.

I tested him out by saying that I don't trust anything Trump says to see if he was just a extreme far-right winger, but he replied, "They all lie." He talked about service in Cambodia (not Vietnam) and how oil is controlled by Saddam Hussein (I don't think he knows that he's dead). It was evident to me that he lonely and wanted to be hear and feelings validated, like most people.

Because he had a bindi (Hindi forehead dot) and spoke about the perils of eating meat, I assume he wanted to push is vegetarian agenda over any political tribal affiliation. I'm not sure why he was supporting a restaurant who serves meat.

The good news here is that my hobby of looking for snakes seems a lot more normal now than what others are doing and thinking right now. :D
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May 13 2020
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Hawes Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2020
gummo
Hiking5.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
400 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A lot of people were happy to see more springtime snakes on their hikes, but now it seems like scorpions are starting to decorate the nighttime trails with their presence. Snake activity seems to be slowing down a bit in the East Valley, so we need to change up our hiking habits to increase the likelihood to seeing them. I'll stick to my nightly habits for now because coral snake season is here until mid-June.
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Apr 16 2020
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Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2020
gummo
Hiking5.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.11 mph
100 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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A slow start to 2020 in finding snakes, but finally, there is hope. I found 4 different species of snakes in 2 hours. I also saw an owl dive bomb a rabbit and miss in front of me. Lots of rodents out as well.
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Mar 01 2020
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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2020
gummo
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   2.05 mph
1,194 ft AEG
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I can't tell the difference between a Southwest Orangetip butterfly and a Sara Orangetip butterfly. :?
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Aug 31 2019
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Hawes Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2019
gummo
Hiking5.00 Miles 400 AEG
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400 ft AEG
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I went out this morning to try to find some critters that I can photograph with the skull. I saw 2 baby diamondbacks. I gave them both water, but the one escaped into a hole before I could get it into focus. If you see a hiker with a spray bottle and skull, that's me.

I didn't see too many lizards today. It's very dry. I'm starting to bring an extra gallon of water to water some of the cacti, because they're stressed and drying out. I was unable to catch one of the few whiptails that I saw this morning. I did catch a zebra-tail though. He posed nicely, but I need to use different lizards and other critters and a different skull in the future to do something different. I have a few other skulls that I can use for my next photos.
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Jul 17 2019
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Queen Elizabeth National ParkAfrica, WW
Africa, WW
Scenic Drive avatar Jul 17 2019
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Tour de Ugandan Part 3

Second time at Queen Elizabeth National Park. My first visit to the park was in October exactly 9 months ago. Weather was a sunny 80F +/-. June to July is part of the dry season; although their dry season started on July 13th, the day I arrived.

Last time I stayed at Queen Elizabeth, I stayed at the Buffalo Lodge. This trip I and my safari partners, Tiwanah and Brian, stayed at Bush Lodge. Although, Bush Lodge and Buffalo Lodge were very close to each other, they might as well be miles apart. They were very different. Bush Lodge is next to the water and very bushy. Snakes were more common in the area. The staff said that green mambas were commonly seen there, but I think the snakes that we seen were Jameson's mambas. Ugandas do not know their reptiles and amphibians too well. Buffalo Lodge lives up to their name. Cape buffaloes hang out outside the lodge. You were allowed to walk around at night at Buffalo Lodge, but you were not allowed to walk around at night at Bush Lodge because hippos came to feed in the area at night.

As soon as we settled in the room, I saw a snake hanging on the bathroom door. Bush Lodge has bandas with an outside shower. Buffalo Lodge has rooms and is totally indoors. The bandas are not that secure, so you share your space with geckos and arthropods and an occasional snake. As soon as I saw the snake, it fell off the door and squirmed up the wall. The staff had to move us to another banda. This is Africa.

On our night drive, I immediately noticed that there weren't as much wildlife as there was in October. A local told me that July was a tough month to see wildlife and fall and winter were the best months to see wildlife. One thing that I noticed about July were the numerous white butterflies. They were in abundances and many birds and geckos were feeding upon them. Some of my photos have white spots on them, which are actually butterflies. During this drive, we saw the usual suspects: kobs, vervet monkeys, a few elephants in the distance, waterbucks, ground birds, etc. We did see one sickly lion (no photo) and a leopard before retiring for the night.

During the night, we heard hippos grunting and chopping away on vegetation outside our banda. The next morning we continue with our safari. We ran across 4 lions (3 females and one cub). We then did the boat cruise and where hippos, fish eagles, crocs, and elephants were commonly seen.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is a must see. It's not the best African park to visit, but it's definitely a treat. Here are some final thoughts about Uganda and Africa in general:

1. Africans are better human beings in general. They are friendly and polite. They are simpler, humble, hard-working, and have an innocence about them that makes them more likeable.

2. Africans waste food like we do. I was taught to eat everything off your plate because there were people in Africa who were starving. Although, poverty is far worse than here, they rarely eat everything they're served.

3. After seeing African's megafauna and their exotic birds, it makes our wildlife less appealing.

4. Seeing the megafauna is humbling and makes me feel small in the larger scheme of things.

5. Food is different here. Not all of it is better. They don't know how to make pancakes and carrot juice, but their beef is superior to ours. I don't eat beef in the US anymore. I felt full and satisfied after eating their food.
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Jun 24 2019
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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2019
gummo
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   6 Hrs   8 Mns   1.84 mph
3,313 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
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Dec 22 2018
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Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2018
gummo
Hiking12.90 Miles 4,050 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   2.20 mph
4,050 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Hiked Mt. Wrightson again this month. I did this hike shirtless to continue with my cold weather training. Even though it was unseasonably warm (bees and lizards were out), most people were dressed like they were hiking Mt. Everest. Temperature at the trailhead was at 58F at 9:44am, and there were some icy patches. Temps varied during the hike, but there was plenty of sunshine to provide some free vitamin D for me. I also choose this hike in hopes that I would see a coati, which I ended up seeing. :D
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Dec 01 2018
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Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2018
gummo
Hiking10.40 Miles 4,043 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   6 Hrs   11 Mns   1.78 mph
4,043 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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I wanted to hike Wrightson again before the trail got too icy. Snow accumulated since I last visited, which was Monday. Start of the hike was 50F. On top, it was windy and near freezing, but I wasn't too cold. I hiked the trail in shorts with no shirt. I tested out my ability to withstand low temperatures. It was too bad. Only my finger tips got cold.

The people on the trail were cool and supportive too, unlike the hikers from Humphreys Peak. I know the photos make the area look unbearable to do with minimal clothing, but it's not as hard as you think. We were meant to withstand cold temperatures. You were just taught that you needed a jacket when it's cold and got accustom to the comfort of indoor heating. I'll probably do a few more cold weather hikes in minimal clothes before March.
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