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Jan 06 2018
Bradshaws
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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Agua Fria River via BadgerCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2018
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Hiking4.00 Miles 235 AEG
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235 ft AEG
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my daughter and I have been sick with bronchitis for almost 3 months! It’s been endless doctor appointments, coughing and medicine. My daughter even broke 2 ribs from coughing so much but we both have been feeling better so I suggested a hike. We both wanted to get out of the house and I had to try out my new Nikon D3400 :) After hiking for about an hour we both quickly realized we weren’t as well as we thought :( We both were panting, coughing and sweating like an old overweight dog. I’ll be giving it a few more weeks before I hit the trail again

This was the first time I’ve ever been to the Agua Fria and it have absolutely NO WATER in it. It was a beautiful day but a very exhausting and rough day of hiking!
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Jun 12 2016
Bradshaws
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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Richinbar Pueblo and Mine RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2016
Bradshaws
Hiking3.85 Miles 523 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles
523 ft AEG
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Took my dad out for a hike to break in his new hip :)
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Apr 18 2016
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 Phoenix, AZ
Alcatraz and Goldengate swim, CA 
Alcatraz and Goldengate swim, CA
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2016
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I had to post the picture from my youngest daughter San Francisco swims... I know... I know :sk: ! It's not a hike, but it is most definitely an adventure :) My daughter swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco(1.4miles) in 42min on Saturday, then she swam from the south side of the Goldengate bridge to the north side (1.2miles) in 28 minutes on Sunday! : rambo : As Her father I couldn't be prouder!! She absolutely killed it!!! :DANCE: Just wanted to share

P.s. There are a few pictures from our walks around town between the swims ;) San Francisco is one of the most beautiful city's I've ever been to but it is by far the most expensive!!!

P.s.s I forgot to mention, she's only 14 :worthy:
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Mar 15 2016
Bradshaws
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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Workplace wildlife, AZ 
Workplace wildlife, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2016
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Got a couple shots with my new Nikon P610. A couple of puppies from the pack of coyotes that hang around my shop
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Feb 18 2016
Bradshaws
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43 male
 Joined Feb 12 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2016
Bradshaws
Hiking5.90 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.72 mph
1,260 ft AEG      10 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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absolutely beautiful day for a hike :) I haven't been on Go John for more than a year, I forgot how much I like this trail :) I know this trail so well I could do it with my eyes closed but I remember it being a LOT easier :lol:
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Dec 11 2015
Bradshaws
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 Phoenix, AZ
Amazing sunrise, AZ 
Amazing sunrise, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2015
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I know there has been a ongoing discussion on "hiking photos" but this is just too cool not to share. This is why Arizona Rock!!!
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Oct 24 2015
Bradshaws
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bobcat at work, AZ 
Bobcat at work, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2015
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I was going on my 11th hour at work and feeling a little low :( This changed everything :) absolutely made my day!
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Oct 20 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
New River / Cave Creek storms, AZ 
New River / Cave Creek storms, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2015
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The storms today were too cool not to share :)
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Apr 14 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Apache Wash Loop - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2015
Bradshaws
Hiking4.00 Miles 435 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   3.04 mph
435 ft AEG      5 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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This was the first time in a while I felt well enough to do an after work hike. With all the cool pictures coming out of the Phoenix Sonoran preserve, I had to check out the new (new to me) trails on the north side.
I drive through the preserve everyday on my way home from work and on my drive I can see 2 Great Horned Owl nests from my car. I was hoping to see one on my hike today and check out all the cactus flowers. Lots of flowers but no owls :( This trail is beautiful. There are more types of chollas on this tiny loop than anywhere I've ever seen.
Its a cool little loop :) I'll be hiking this a lot
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Mar 31 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Richinbar Pueblo and Mine RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2015
Bradshaws
Hiking2.50 Miles 523 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.67 mph
523 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
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I've been sick for what seems like forever. I've had strep throat, then bronchitis and then pneumonia :( I haven't been able to get out hiking for months. This was the first day I've felt well enough to try and I had the day off and both my girls are on spring break so I wanted to take the kids out to explore some of the ruins out here.

We got a late start... Well, it was a late start for me but a crazy early start for both my teenage girls. :roll: got to the trailhead at 9:30ish. There use to be an opening in the fence for people to get through but it has been closed off. Now there's a large gate that is locked but the gate is easily climbed and has no signs that would indicate that you shouldn't ;) so over we went.

The mesa is covered in these 6 foot tall weeds that are covered in bright yellow flowers and knee high fox tail grass. My plans were to check out the ruins south of the mine. Unfortunately by the time we reached the mine my oldest daughter was having trouble breathing. One of the MANY flowers out the was making her sinuses go crazy. I foolishly dismissed her first complaint but when I turned around to listen to her second set of complaints OMG!! :o Her eyes were starting to close and she was pouring snot and tears!! I broke out the first aid and got some Benadryl in her. Needless to say we beelined it back to the car. By the time we got to the car she was doing much better and is back to normal now :) . The only thing she hasn't been around before were the tall yellow flowered weeds. I'll have to get some allergy meds in her before we hit the trail next.
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Jan 18 2015
Bradshaws
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43 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Boyce ThompsonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2015
Bradshaws
Hiking2.25 Miles 100 AEG
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With sickness bouncing around my house, I had to get out. Me and the wife were still a little weak so we desided to check out Boyce Thompson. So I dusted off an old camera that has a little better zoom than my regular hiking camera so I could get some bird shots. The zoom on this camera is very slow but I did do too bad. I finally captured my unicorn... Kinda I took about 20-30 pictures and only 5-6 were in focus :doh: I think this may have been enough to push me into a new camera.

It was a good day. Only got lost once :lol: I can't wait to check this place out in Spring

Dropped by Arizona Wilderness Brewing for a couple beers and somthing to eat... I wish this place was closer to my side of town 8-[
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Dec 20 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project, AZ 
Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2014
Bradshaws
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
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Wow!?! :-k Where to start.... Two things became very clear to me today. Number one(and the most obvious) I am TOTALLY out of shape!! :doh: I don't think I could have made it to the top if I had wings. Number two - I now know why it is so hard to save the Wild place in America, there are way, way too many people that don't understand what the "wilderness" or "outdoors" are or what they used for ](*,) Now, the others have done a very good job describing the negative comments that we received from our fellow hikers on the trail while we were volunteering our time.( We also receicved many good comments as well but as the saying goes " one OH :pk: ! wipes out two AT A BOYS " I, on the other hand don't have the patience or tact that these saints have, God bless them! I have ZERO patience for ignorance and even less for people that use that ignorance to try and insult me. I had half a dozen people angrily question what I was doing and letting me know how stupid it was that I was doing it. One, rather unpleasant woman let me know that now that "I" removed the markers people are going to get lost! And she wanted to know what I thought about that?!? "Well.... If someone can get lost on the trail up to Flatiron.... Maybe they should be out here..." She glared into my eyes, scoffed and stormed off :lol: I HATE STUPID PEOPLE! :x I have much less of that warm fuzzy feeling I got from doing this last year :cry: But I will never stop doing whatever I can to clean, maintain and improve the outdoors :D

But, I was very happy to see everyone again and it was nice to meet skillpore and rayhuston :) Thank you Pam for introducing me to Arizona Wilderness brewery :D and I had the opportunity to meet Chumley, Tough_Boots, Clairebear and John9L at the brewery :) it was nice to meet you all
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Dec 15 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Badger Ruin via Badger Spring TH, AZ 
Badger Ruin via Badger Spring TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2014
Bradshaws
Hiking3.50 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs      2.10 mph
600 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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After checking out some satellite pictures and photo sets of Hansenaz, I wanted to check out some old ruins south of Badger Springs TH.

I hit the trail a little later than I wanted but that's what happens when you hit the libations harder than you should on a Sunday night :sk: I got to the trailhead at 8:30-9ish. From the TH I scoped out my route, SW from the trailhead, straight up the ridge. It didn't look too bad 8-[ ... Now, when I got to the top of the mesa that ALL changed. Due to all the rain this weekend the ground was so soft! It felt like I was walking on a marshmallow and the mud stuck to my shoes like gum. The mud coupled with my drunken sweats made the going slow... It reminded me of the game we played as kids "can't touch the ground" :lol: I bounced from rock to rock. Every so often I would miss and load my shoe up with mud, making me stop to clean it out :doh:

From about 500 yards off I could make out my destination; a large set of ruins. From about 200 yards till I reach the ruins, there was pottery shards EVERYWHERE!!! THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of pottery shards :o For the next hour or so, I looked like someone who had lost a contact lens. It was amazing! There were SO many pieces out there. Big, small, painted, curved, flat, textured, red, blacked, thick and thin.... More pottery than I hve ever seen. I could have spent days out there and not seen it all :D also lots of obsidian shards from arrowhead and tool making it was so cool, I can't wait to go back!
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Dec 03 2014
Bradshaws
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 Phoenix, AZ
Desert Tortoise Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2014
Bradshaws
Hiking3.00 Miles 457 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   2.86 mph
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With the rain today I had to hit the trails. I had to be home by 4pm so it had to be short. Had to check out more of the trails on the south side of sonoran preserve. I took the Desert tortoise trail to the Valle verde trail. Cool little loop :) The views from the trails on this side are great but some of the backyards that back up to the preserve are so beautiful it's hard to look anywhere else :lol:
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Dec 01 2014
Bradshaws
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 Phoenix, AZ
Apache Wash Trail - Sonoran Preserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2014
Bradshaws
Hiking4.70 Miles 820 AEG
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My first after work hike in months!! My legs hurt like crazy but it feels good ;) It's probably because of the extra 20lbs hanging on my skeleton 8-[
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Sep 01 2014
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Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2014
Bradshaws
Hiking6.75 Miles 1,055 AEG
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Had the morning free so I went for a quick hike. It got a little warm at the end but great hike :) Made a loop with Overton/Go john
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Aug 16 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Charlebois from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2014
Bradshaws
Hiking17.80 Miles 2,490 AEG
Hiking17.80 Miles   15 Hrs   10 Mns   1.84 mph
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We started our hike at 5:40. It was an absolutely beautiful morning, not real hot with just enough humidity in the air that it seamed cooler than it actually was. We started the hike a an OK pace. We weren't going to break records but there was enough of a pace to get things done.

I knew it was going to be hot this day and because of this I wanted to have at least 1/3 of the hike done by the time the temps reached the 100s.
I had been watching the weather for several days and I thought that we would see an average high of 100-105. We did get 1/3 of the hike done by the time the temps reach 100 but the temp kept going up and up and up! Now with the temp at nearly 110, that pleasant little bit of humidity became unbearable. It was a factor that I had overlooked. Because of the humidity we were using much more water than either of us had anticipated. Knowing there would be water at the Charleboi spring, we didn't hold back on our water consumption. By the time we made it to Charleboi I had gone though 4 liters of water.

Once we reached Charleboi spring, Both of us were in desperate need of water, shade and rest. We both filled up everything we could, including our cloths, bottle and stomachs. After everything had been water it was time to rest. I found a spot in the roots of an enormous cottonwood, removed my shoes and laid down. I could have stayed there forever but we still had a long and VERY HOT hike ahead of us.

After resting for nearly 2 hours, pack up all out gear, gave our cloths one last wetting then headed out. Our pace was now MUCH slower. We left the spring and headed to the Master Map. At the Master Map, we took some pictures but my mind was in another place. I knew that the hike out was going to be an absolute KILLER and I could think of little else.

Now with my pack as heavy as can be and the temps as hot as they could be, we started back to the cars. I was completely burnt out. I could only muster up the strength to hike .25 - .5 a mile at a time. Between each one of these tiny spurts I would have to stop and rest and by rest I mean I would shed my pack and lay down in whatever shade I could find. In the beginning of our hike out, Larry and I stuck together but soon we found ourselves leapfrogging down the trail. He would stop and I would keep going, then I would stop and he would pass me by. This carried on for most of the hike out. It wasn't till the sun went down that I muster up ever bit of strength I had left( plus I drank my last 5hour energy and eat 2 caffeinated gels) put on my headlamp and told Larry I was going for it. Larry wished me luck and asked that I wait for him at the TH. The last 3 miles were a blur. I'm not sure if it was the dark, my speed or my state of delirium but I made it. At about 100 yards from the TH I could see the light from my headlamp reflecting off the signs at the parking lot. I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY!! I stumbled in to the parking lot then ran to my car. I dove into my car and turned on the A/C and began to drink all the cold water in my ice chest.

While I sat waiting for Larry, I notice lights behind me. I turned around and saw two men with flashlights looking at Larry's car. The first thing I thought was "someone is breaking into his car!" I put my car in reverse and floored it. My car went shooting across the parking lot. I turned on my headlights and sound my car around so it was facing the two men. When the light hit them I saw it was two sherifs officers and both were now pointing their flashlights at me and had their hands on their pistols. I put my hands up and shut off my car.

The Pinal County Sherifs were there for us. They had me get out of the car and go over to the map and show them where I last saw Larry. I showed them where I last saw Larry. I also told them that he would be out any minute now. The sherif explained to me that they had already dispatch the helicopter from Deer valley airport. I t had only been 5 - 10 minute later when Larry came walking out. All was well. The helicopter was turned around, phone calls were made and everyone was happy.
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Jun 15 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2014
Bradshaws
Hiking7.35 Miles 1,392 AEG
Hiking7.35 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.67 mph
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I'm a HUGE World Cup soccer fan so it was tuff to pull myself away from the TV but I haven't been out hiking for a week. ;) So, I got up early for a Father's Day hike :) I invited both my children and my wife but no takers.

I wanted to check out more of the trails out at Spur Cross. I got to the parking lot at 6:45am :) Only one other car in the lot, for that matter I only saw 1 mountain biker and 1 hiker. The trails were awesome :D Lots of birds out today. There was a cardinals within earshot and sight all day :D
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Jun 08 2014
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Woods Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2014
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Hiking6.75 Miles 1,565 AEG
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I was heading up to Pine to drop off some family so it was a perfect opportunity to get the wife and kids out on the trails. :D

We got to Woods canyon lake at 10:00am and were greeted to a TON of people :? The parking lot was full and they had lot attendants out managing traffic. The attendant told me that I could park in the dirt at the ends of the spaces if my car would fit. I went to check it out. As I pulled into the lot :o what?!?! an empty spot :y: Parked and got everyone outfitted with packs, cameras and sunscreen. After cutting through the campgrounds we got to the start of our hike(at least the start of my hike. the hike started at the car to my wife and kids :lol: )

At the dam we dropped down into the canyon. Everything is very green :) I only hope it will stay that way. I chose this hike because there is a lot to see and it's fairly flat. At about the 1 mile mark my youngest started complaining about her pack "It's SOOOO heavy" "It's scratching my arms" after about 20min I gave in. I strapped the pack to my front and I still had mine on my back. I've carried much heavier packs but the way that the weight was sitting on my body was just killing me :? but we push on. As long as it kept the wife and kids happy and hiking it was worth it :D

This is a great trail. The first time I went 2012 this canyon was untouched. The only trails were game trails but it has become more popular. There is now a well worn trail deep into the canyon with lots of foot prints. There are a few places where people have carved in trees and rocks, in one spot some kids have cut down a perfictly heathy tree. On this hike we ran into 4 groups of people. Even with the increace in trafic this area is still pretty prestine. I hope it stays that way :pray:
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May 23 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Flume Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2014
Bradshaws
Hiking6.50 Miles 590 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs      3.39 mph
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It was a beautiful day :) I was the only person in the park other than the people working at the visitor center. The agenda for today was the Flume trail. I parked at the Slate trailhead made a quick stop at the restrooms before hitting the trail. They have been working on them for months so I thought I'd check them out. They are now the nicest public restrooms I've been in for a very long time. :D

The Flume trail starts about halfway down the Slate trail. The trail from here until meets Old New River Rd. is very nice. The trail itself is a little rocky but easy going. From Old New River Rd. to the fence line (end) is as boring as a trail can be :oplz: I walked and walked and walked it never got any better ](*,) I was mad at myself for not turning around sooner. Other than the doldrums of the dirt road walk, it was a good day.
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