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Jul 03 2014
Trishness
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Alaska Range/Denali Fly By, AK 
Alaska Range/Denali Fly By, AK
 
Flying avatar Jul 03 2014
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I was fortunate to spend two glorious weeks in Alaska in July 2014 with my high-school friend Robin who moved to Fairbanks in 1982 from Connecticut. And after 32 years in Alaska, I think I can conclusively say she is a native. Given that aspect my trip in this region was not going to be the usual, run of the mill, touristy glacier boat ride with 500 other people that I want to push overboard or spending a week in tourist shops in Healy or at the “Million Dollar Thruway” at the entrance to Denali National Park on the Parks Highway at overpriced hotels. This was a journey that just blew my mind. It’s the real deal folks and off the beaten path….way off the beaten path and more like at the end of the road. That suited me just fine.

July 3rd we left Fairbanks and headed down the Parks Highway (AK 3) toward Denali National Park which is about 125 miles or a two hour drive. It was a beautiful day with clear blue skies! We passed through the towns of Nenana and Healy and just north of Healy is Stampede Road. For any of you who read the book “Into the Wild” about Chris McCandless and his untimely death in interior Alaska, this was the road that he took, crossed the Savage River and eventually hiked on the Stampede Trail to his final destination at the “Magic Bus No 142”.

There are a few choices when visiting Denali NP. You cannot simply drive in, pay a fee and drive the 92 miles on the Park Road. I think they offer a lottery every September and if you win, you can drive the road as far as road conditions allow…but this is July so no lottery. You are allowed to drive 15 miles in to the Savage River trailhead but no farther than that. The other options are #1 Book a flight in a puddle-jumper prop plane and take the bus out 92 miles, #2 take the bus in and take the puddle jumper flight out, #3 take the bus in and take the bus out or #4 hike in/bike in out and hope to get a ride on the bus (if there is room). Robin and I decided on option #1 and we had made reservations with KatAir for a flight to Kantishna at the Skyline Lodge. We did a fly-by of the Alaska Range leaving out of Denali Airport with our pilot Andy who pointed out the different glaciers and peaks. It was the most outstanding, amazing, spectacular, beauteous thing I have ever seen in my life and when we came up on Denali itself, I thought to myself….”how can you see something like this and not believe in God?” We landed at the Kantishna airstrip and were taken via ATVs to our lodging at Skyline Lodge but not before mosquitoes the size of B-52’s descended upon us. We got out the bug juice which is a necessity in Alaska. Kantishna is the “end of the road”at mile 92 on Denali Park Road…..anything further you need to do on foot. Skyline Lodge is the base for the KatAir pilots that ferry peeps back and forth from Denali airstrip, it is also self-sufficient in terms of solar power, composting and all around earth friendly. The rooms are bare basic with a bed and a loft area….no wifi, no tv, no cell phone. There are no bathrooms in the rooms but in the main facility there are common areas with bathrooms and showers. In my journal I noted that it was 11 PM and still light out, then became what’s known as “civil twilight” until 1 AM, then light again at 3 AM.

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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
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Feb 16 2014
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2014
Trishness
Hiking5.15 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   3 Hrs      2.29 mph
700 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Feb 09 2014
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Weaver's Needle Loop from Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2014
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Hiking13.80 Miles 3,122 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.65 mph
3,122 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Miles included some side trips
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Jan 25 2014
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
County Line TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2014
Trishness
Hiking5.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
100 ft AEG
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Loop hike comprised of Meridian- :next: County Line-- :next: Ruidoso-- :next: Cats Peak and back out Meridian. Needed to test out my foot after being grounded for months with painful plantar fasciitis. Five miles seems like the magic number for now.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
May 19 2013
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Echo Canyon Loop - Chiricahua NMTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2013
Trishness
Hiking3.30 Miles 544 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.89 mph
544 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Did this great loop hike in the Chiracahuas counterclockwise. Reminded me of Bryce with the rock formations. Lots of burnout still apparent from the Horseshoe Two fire in 2011. The grottoes were very cool and Echo Park must have been a gorgeous oasis pre-2011.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
May 18 2013
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Silver Spur Meadow TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2013
Trishness
Hiking2.80 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.80 mph
150 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Was staying at the Bonita Campground and started out with the dwindling sunset. Made it to Stafford Cabin and then on to Faraway Ranch. What a gorgeous area rich in history! Saw many deer that didn't seem to care that I was there. And a fox and a coatimundi who did care that I was there as they scampered off as soon as they heard me. The Ranch is amazing! Hiked back in the dark with the only sound being my feet hitting the trail and my trail companions quiet chatter.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Feb 09 2013
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Madera Canyon - Nature Trail to WrightsonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2013
Trishness
Hiking4.25 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   1.96 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Madera Canyon Winter Adventure 2013

My plan was to drive to Madera Canyon on Friday 02-08-13 and spend the weekend in one of my favorite RnR places in the state......Santa Rita Lodge. I was planning on hiking Old Baldy Trail to Josephine Saddle and then come down the Super Trail early Saturday morning and then going to Tubac to see some friends. The forecast called for "partly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain". I get to the lodge late Friday afternoon, cook dinner and slumber in. When I wake up on Saturday morning at 6:30 AM there is "five inches of partly cloudy" on all the vehicles at the lodge and a total white out all around. It's snowing like blazes. I guess that would be a NO for hiking my proposed hike so I got a little more shut eye. If there is 5 inches of snow at 5,000' there's going to be a boatload at 7,000+. I get up a bit later and find out that Madera Canyon Road has been shut down/closed off/ no admittance.....so I'm kind of stuck up here I know this is so sad ?

I decided to opt for a hike on Madera Nature trail which was hard to follow in the snow so I wind up just going up the creek a few miles. The skies cleared Saturday afternoon and gave gorgeous snow views of the Santa Ritas and Mt Wrightson. I also spent some time at the birding area in Madera and met some great people......saw a hepatic tanager some juncos and also a coatimundi
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Jan 17 2013
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Cat Peaks LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2013
Trishness
Hiking4.40 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.20 mph
480 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Started end of Meridian Road to Cat's Peak Loop...side trip up Cat's Peak Pass and then back down and around the Peaks. Beautiful day to be out.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Nov 24 2012
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2012
Trishness
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.51 mph
1,125 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
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Had a hard time physically on my Thanksgiving Day hike in Lowest Labarge/Boulder Canyon Trail and wanted to see if it was just an off day or if there was something else that needed to be addressed healthwise. I ain't no spring chickie!!! Apparently it was an off day. Left the Meridian TH at 7:30 AM and was back to the Xterra around 12:15.

I think I'll hike to the saddle and back tomorrow
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Nov 22 2012
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
La Barge Lowest LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2012
Trishness
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   6 Hrs      1.31 mph
1,500 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Did Navig8tor's Lowest Labarge Loop with return on Boulder Canyon #103

As Fritski's title said, "Do it just to say you did it". This is my first time doing this hike in Lower Labarge. Headed out from Canyon Lake TH this Thanksgiving morning after telling my family we would be back by 3-3:30. Located the spur trail and headed down into the canyon. Let the bouldering begin! The canyon was rather pretty with some pools of water here and there....nothing much else to comment about here. At first it was fun but after the first mile I realized that bouldering is not high on my list of "fun things" to do. Some of the boulders were difficult to maneuver on/over due to my short legs and there was one particular section that was really tough for me to navigate. Thankfully Hank lent me a hand getting by this. :thanx: It was very slow moving for me through the boulders and I managed to torque my ankle numerous times, fell once and got pinned by a cholla. We finally got to the intersection of Boulder Canyon trail and I was already exhausted but elated that we were on a trail! I looked at hanks and said "WHO picked this hike?" Oh yeah, it was me. :--: Let me mention that it was unseasonably warm today with temps in the 80's. We took off up Boulder Canyon Trail and started hiking out. This was such an off day for me and I could barely hike a quarter mile and had to stop. I was sweating profusely, drinking tons of water but not feeling hydrated, had a racing heartbeat and felt weak and lightheaded. I knew I was experiencing signs of dehydration and the beginnings of heat exhaustion which kind of scared me. :--: We finally topped off and could see Canyon Lake knowing that it was all downhill and a short distance left. Hank was terrific as I was clearly having problems and told me "do what you need to do and go the speed you can go". We saw 4 people heading out in the AM and two people on the trail all day. We were over an hour late getting out. Probably bit off a bit more today than we should have.

Would I do this trail again? Probably not......bouldering is really not my forte. But I did it once!

As soon as we got to the parking lot I turned the AC on in the X and immediately started feeling better. We were a hour and a half later than expected so dinner was going to be late OH WELL! Drove back to AJ and enjoyed a sumptuous feast! Turkey, stuffing, mashies and all the good things that go with Thanksgiving.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Aug 24 2012
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Car Camping avatar Aug 24 2012
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Car Camping
Car Camping3 Days         
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mazatzal
Oregon_Hiker
This was my second trip to "Camp Grasshopper" this summer and I had been looking forward to this all week. I just wanted a break from the oppressive heat and humidity this last week. So I leave work early on Friday and cruise up the Beeline. I'm clipping along about 75MPH or so and this white Dodge Ram pickup goes screaming by me towing a swaying pop-up. OKIE DOKIE then.......I let off the gas and let him get FAR ahead of me thinking I might see him a few miles up the road, off the road. Thankfully this is not the case. I decide to drive in FR 300 from the Beeline just because I haven't been on this section in several months....I forgot how narrow it is! At one point past the really burned out area I was going downhill and this huge Ford F-350 was coming around a blind curve......I hit the brake and slid a little on the gravel but we both escaped unharmed. When I finally arrived at the turnoff for the remote FR where Camp Grasshopper is located I immediately encounter LARGE mini-ponds of standing water where deep dry potholes were last time I was here a month ago. :o This gave me cause for pause and I recall some of them being deep......which ones were they? HMMMMM.... I negotiate them slow and steady since I am a 2WD high clearance and get mud splattered all over the place. I arrive at camp at 4:30 and see Hank and Larry already back from their daily adventure. They remark on my mud-splattered X-Terra and then tell me it has rained almost two inches since Wed night and it appears another monsoon storm is on its way as dark clouds move in quickly and thunder reverberates amidst the pines. No time to get my tent set up because not 20 minutes after my arrival the skies open up and we scatter for cover. Thunder, lightning and hail OH MY! Look boys! I brought more rain!!!!! :guilty: After a while it subsides and we sit down for a quick dinner of yummy "Grasshopper Goulash", shoot the breeze and then head off to our respective shelters for sleep. I decide to just sleep in the X-terra.

Saturday 5:30 AM: I wake with the first light and decide that it's time for walk into the woods because nature calls. I'm still kind of sleepy and there's a fine mist enveloping Barbershop Canyon as I make my way to a stand of small growth pines at the edge of the canyon where I stop dead in my tracks. This is what I'm going to call "a close encounter of the bear kind". :scared: Not 50 yards from me is a small-ish black bear who sees me and high-tails it out of there in the opposite direction. I'm not sure if it was heading toward me and our camp or was heading into the canyon but as soon as it saw me it bolted and all I saw was a large black backside lumbering away into the mist....FAST (In MHO the best side to see is the backside) I'm speechless......and slowly back up until I'm in view of the covered camp kitchen and realize I still have to go...but I ain't going out there!!! I could tell it wasn't a full grown bear but wasn't sure if was an older cub and then worried about where mama bear was or if it was a first year. After all it was just two weeks ago that Todd saw a Mama and older cubs over at Buck Springs. Who knows how far these bears travel? Hank and Larry finally got up and I relayed my story...... "you didn't scream or anything" they said.......I told them I was speechless but would have screamed silly if the bear came at me instead of running away from me. OK, Saturday is turning into an interesting day. We think Richard (matzatal), his wife and possibly a few other HAZ'ers may show up around 9AM. Hank and Larry leave at 10 AM for their day hiking trip into a previously unexplored draw and I decide to be a slug and just have RnR at the camp. I read, I nap, I enjoy. :GB: Richard and Sarah arrive around 2PM......Hor's Devourves and a little bit of happy hour are in order. They are delightful, personable people and I'm happy we were able to meet. We have green chile enchiladas and Charro beans for dinner.

SUNDAY 1AM: I'm awakened by lights inside my X-terra. I sit up and see headlamps/spotlights from two people moving down into Barbershop Canyon. WhatTheHeck??? :doh: I'm thinking it's either insane HAZ'ers out for a night hike, people lost on Cabin Loop trail or hunters. I watch the lights for an hour and eventually they are at the bottom of Barbershop and there is a glow. It's just creepy. We determine the next morning it was probably hunters scoping out the territory.

SUNDAY 9AM: Great community breakfast of eggs, assorted meats, english muffins and fruit salad. (thanks Hank and Larry)~~~~I pack up and leave "camp grasshopper". On my way out FR 139 my "low tire" idiot light comes on. GREAT! I've got 25 miles of FR to go so I stop periodically and check it out. Tires are a little low but nothing bad and no flat. I make it to Clint's Well and add some air. Low tire light is still on and stayed on until I was heading downhill out of Payson. I've heard of this happening before with those sensors sending false readings due to temperature and elevation change.
Great weekend with two fabulous people! Thanks for allowing this little munchkin to camp there. I enjoyed the company, conversation and wine immensely! And I saw my FIRST bear.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Aug 11 2012
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Upper Buck Spring Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2012
Trishness
Hiking5.50 Miles 470 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.83 mph
470 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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cindyl
outdoor_lover
tibber
A group of us gals from the HAZ Summerfest 2012 decided to do a little something on the wild OOPS I mean mild side so Angela, Pam, Cindy and I took off from Buck Springs Cabin on the non-existent trail to Upper Buck Springs. We were looking for a 5-6 mile hike and loads of fun and certainly found it here. We actually just trekked across a wide open, gorgeous meadow until we got to the end and then decided we were all dyslexic because we were trying to follow chumley's trip log and then finally figured out he had started at the opposite end (I presume he started from FR 137). Anyway...we trekked across this meadow and came to the unlocked riparian area and decided to hike through it. Got to opposite end and is there a gate? That would be a NO...so everyone waited until the munchkin (that would be me) could find a way through the fence without getting zapped. YAY.....we got out the other side and continued up the meadow. We saw tons of flowers and butterflies and stopped to take many pictures...eventually coming upon the spring. Then it was onward to the big tooth maple forest and eventually onto a forest road which I presume is FR 137. We did cross the road and started down the other side when we all realized that "this ain't right" and retraced our steps. Headed back the way we came.

What a gorgeous hike! We encountered one very docile horned lizard on the way back and had great photo ops as the puffy clouds rolled in and it was plenty toasty out in the open meadow. I'd love to come back a revisit the area in the fall with those big tooth maples in full glory.

Thanks ladies for a laugh and fun filled day. We had one mishap on this hike and that was Cindy's camera case. Searched everywhere but didn't find it.
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nothing dripping from the pipe but pooled and filterable just off the trail
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Aug 10 2012
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Cabin Loop - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Car Camping avatar Aug 10 2012
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Car Camping 5 AEG
Car Camping
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HAZ - Event
Alex
AndreyP
BEEBEE
chumley
cindyl
coreyprator
joebartels
JoelHazelton
Jonnybackpack
JuanJaimeiii
juliachaos
koonpup
laurabalaura
nonot
Oregon_Hiker
outdoor_lover
SamuelJD
The_Eagle
tibber
This was probably the best time I've had all summer! I had a great road-trip partner (Tibber), terrific and equally dyslexic hiking partners on the trail (Pam, Angela and Cindy) trying to follow a trip log backwards on Upper Buck Springs AND the most entertaining group of people I've ever encountered. NOT Julia and the Hiking boys. I do have to thank the ladies for making me the sacrificial lamb when we went through the riparian area....."let's send the munchkin and see if she gets zapped" trying to get through the electric fence. "Get the SENSATION" has a new meaning to me but I found a way through it.

What an awesome and diverse group of people who somehow all "clicked" in all the right ways. It was such a pleasure to meet face to face with everyone who were so friendly yet so different. We had people from all walks of life, all age groups and all levels of hiking who share that common bond of "loving the outdoors", "hitting the trail" and embracing it all. Just a GREAT group of people that I'm very happy I took a chance on and got to meet in person. JOE...great to finally meet you after all these years! I know y'all got to see the some of the Perseid light show but the most active time was at 2-4 AM so there was a method to me going to bed at 10 PM. The night sky was abundant with shooting stars~

Thanks everyone for a great weekend....I apologize if I don't have you on my list of camping partners. I'm a bit forgetful and had one pumpkin time trying to find everyone in the thousands of registered users.

Y'all are the BEST....thanks for a great weekend.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Jul 29 2012
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 Apache Junction,
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2012
Trishness
Hiking6.25 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.92 mph
2,900 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Hit the trail at 5:00 AM and was having my "second" breakfast by 10:00 AM at the Feed Bag in AJ. Then took a nap.

Not all of you know this about me but I've been a smoker for 35 years.....smoked alot when I was younger in my 20's and have really cut down the last 10 years. It's an oxymoron to be a HIKER & A SMOKER so I decided to totally quit and have been tobacco free for the last 4 weeks with a little help. So this morning I wanted to test myself and see how I would do.

#1 I feel like a CHAMPION for not smoking tobacco for 4 weeks :y:

#2 I didn't gain ANY weight (I really can't afford to do that)

#3 I didn't feel nearly as short of breath hiking up Flatiron as I did in the past. Was I short of breath...UH...yeah...it's steep! But not like I was before.

Life is so good and offers you many many opportunities to improve yourself.....however slight the improvements may be. This was my time to really do something healthy for ME! :DANCE:
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Jun 30 2012
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2012
Trishness
Hiking7.40 Miles 583 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   3.29 mph
583 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Started out at 4:30 AM this morning from Broadway TH and hiked to Siphon Draw trail intersection and back to the Broadway TH. I was contemplating heading up Siphon Draw but it was already getting warm. The desert is amazingly cool and serene in the early morning hours. Well...not so cool in June as it was already 92 degrees when I arrived back at Broadway TH! Saw a desert tortoise and one very unhappy buzzworm. Lots of birds....saw a male and female cardinal (my FAV bird) and numerous hummingbirds as well as cactus wren. Was toasty by the time I got off the trail at 7:30. I needed to stretch my legs! It's very very dry out there.

The Supes were shrouded in an ethereal cloud of ????SMOG????. It was just hazy but not fog.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Jun 23 2012
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Kendrick Peak Trail #22Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2012
Trishness
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.73 mph
2,400 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Beautiful hike with spectacular views. I made it JUST shy of the saddle when I started feeling woozy, dizzy and lightheaded. Stopped in the shade for 15 mins to rest, hydrated some more and ate some protein but still felt weird so knew the elevation was gettin' to me. I could "SEE & "TOUCH" the peak but knew I had to hike back down which frustrated me to no end. Had a beautiful day with no T-storms. LOVED the area of the ferns on the hillside, the quaking aspens, pines and fir.....Lots of people on the trail today. It's a huffer going uphill and I sweated buckets :sweat:
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
May 31 2012
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Burr Trail - Notom Bullfrog RoadSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Scenic Drive avatar May 31 2012
Trishness
Scenic Drive70.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Scenic Drive70.00 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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Yep finally got there
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
May 30 2012
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Slot Canyons of Dry Fork Coyote GulchSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Canyoneering avatar May 30 2012
Trishness
Canyoneering4.50 Miles 300 AEG
Canyoneering4.50 Miles
300 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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Paintninaz
WHERE IN THE HOLE ARE WE?????

This is the trip that epitomizes "getting there is half the fun". I've been wanting to check out these slot canyons the last three trips I did to the Grand-Staircase Escalante area since 2007 and this time I got there. It is a long 26.1 mile trip down Hole-in-the-Rock Road to the well signed Dry Fork turnoff and is done easily in any high clearance vehicle although I would not want to be on this road after or during a rain storm. The road is very washboardy and we heard my cast iron skillets rattle the entire 26.1 miles. After the Dry Fork turnoff there is an additional 1.7 mile drive to the TH and some of this road is very sandy with one nice BIG rock shelf to navigate. I had no problem doing this in the X-Terra and I did see some passenger cars at the TH (must have been rental cars)

THE HIKE: We met some very cool people on this hike.....an elderly couple Bud & Linda from Sedona and Doug & Eva with their 12 y/o daughter Gwen from Atlanta. It's an immediate drop into the canyon over slickrock and down through fine sand. I noted this for the return trip back up (sucky part #1 and sucky part #2). Once in the canyon bottom, we easily found Peekaboo along the wash. We went over to it and I found that the carved foot holds are too high for my short legs and very slippery as it is well worn slickrock. I can't get up this!!!! :x Tracy is bit taller than me and has rock climbed so she managed to scramble up it and I decided that I would take the trail up the left side and try to drop in from the top/back side. Bud & Linda are also looking for a way into Peekaboo so the 3 of us trek off together. We get to the top and I try to drop in from above but again it is very smooth and slippery slickrock with a significant drop into the slot. I'm sure I can do it and then look at my new trail companions and think they will try to follow me so I tell them I'm not attempting it from above either. BUMMER. So we trekked back down the hill. Bud & Linda decide to hike out and I head on to Spooky looking for Tracy. I hike about 1/4 mile up the wash and just past a large sand dune head on a trail which eventually leads me to Spooky......no sign of Tracy but then I see her heading up the trail. She said Peekaboo was very slippery sandstone and convoluted so it was a lot of maneuvering. We head into Spooky. Bud had told me that Spooky was very narrow and I might have problems "no offense but your breasts will probably get in the way"....he was trying really hard not to insult me and I wasn't offended at all and just laughed it off. Once we started into Spooky I got quite a way back and dropped my pack.....then started to squeeze myself past the narrow section but eventually knew I can't go in farther. The quote of the day came from 12 y/o Gwen who said to her mother Eva who was waiting at the slot canyon entrance....."Mom, even Ms. Trish with her big boobies got really far into that slot, you can do it too!" We all had a good laugh. :sl:

We then had spent better than 3 hours in the canyon and decided to hike out. Eva, Doug and Gwen were heading on down Dry Fork, Tracy and I hiked out. Sucky part #1 as noted on the hike in was going up a steep incline in very fine sand. Sucky part #2 was the steep part on the slickrock.

Even though I was unable to even get into Peekaboo and could only get 3/4 of the way down Spooky this was a fun day! The canyon was beautiful and I'd love to return to the area to hike....maybe not narrow slots but to hike open trails.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
May 28 2012
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 Guides 14
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Lower Calf Creek FallsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 28 2012
Trishness
Hiking6.20 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles
100 ft AEG
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Wonderful hike to a beautiful waterfall. Although I've done this one before, Tracy had never seen it before so we just had to do it. I had forgotten this almost all in sand but the waterfall was at least 20 degrees cooler than the exposed hike. Lots of people out there today (Memorial Day) and there were people swimming that cold water.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
May 26 2012
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 Guides 14
 Photos 720
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Queen's Garden TrailSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 26 2012
Trishness
Hiking3.00 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
320 ft AEG
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Paintninaz
Very windy our entire stay at Bryce. This is one trail I'd never done before and it's an easy one compared to Fairyland, Navajo or Peekaboo. Great hoodoos to photograph.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
average hiking speed 2.22 mph
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