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Jun 02 2020
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64 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
Mogollon Rim Revisit, AZ 
Mogollon Rim Revisit, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 02 2020
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Hiking6.25 Miles 634 AEG
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634 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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It has been many decades since Mrs. SloFolks and I have been up on the rim. We remedied that this morning with a loop and re-exploration of the Wood's Canyon Lake area plus a short jaunt on the Rim Vista Trail. Back when we were dating and also early in our marriage we used to bring our Mastiff/Shepard mix "Payson" up to Woods Canyon Lake for him to unwind and play in the water. This area was so little used back in the late 70's and early 80's that there was no problem letting him off his leash. That would certainly not be doable now!

We were the second car in the lot at 7:40 and the the car that was already there was packed with five large guys waiting to buy beer when the store opened at eight o'clock. We had planned to do the loop around the lake twice...once in each direction as posted last week by @Daytripper. We ventured off the Blue Diamond trail a LOT as there was so much to see. It was great to smell the pines again at 7600'. After our first "lap" the parking lot was over flowing and it was a mass of humanity lining the lake to fish and also hitting the trails. We decided to cut and run and drove out to the rim road and after a cheese stick and a ZipFizz we hiked along the rim trail doing an 'out and back' to the car.

With only slightly over 600 feet of AEG the 7600' of elevation had my funky lungs feeling like we did 1600'. Cathy was getting a slight headache so we decided to head down to where the oxygen was. :) We drove towards Payson to grab some breakfast and I was looking for the Creekside Inn and Restaurant @ Christopher Creek just to see if it was still there. The divided highway that wasn't there last time completely took it out of view and it is no longer a visible roadside business. I used to play guitar there with a friend on some weekends but that was back in the day when my hair was brown and my teeth were white. I was kind of a big deal :lol: We ate instead at the 260 Cafe and had our first "sit down" restaurant meal since the Covid problem started. The food was good and the pancakes were very different...I'll explain in the photo caption.
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May 26 2020
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64 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   3.17 mph
575 ft AEG      1 Min Break4 LBS Pack
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4:45am start. Usual exercise/workout hike from home. Startled a family unit of peccaries. :o
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May 19 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
East Desert Fire Lasso Loop, AZ 
East Desert Fire Lasso Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 19 2020
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Hiking6.50 Miles 810 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   2.20 mph
810 ft AEG      5 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
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Went out not only for some exercise but to also scope out the extent of the damage caused by the "East Desert" fire near our home. We started at 5am from the P.A. Seitts Trailhead and after crossing the creek (still flowing!) we entered the Cave Creek Regional Park through permit only State Trust Land.

We decided that a CCW loop using the Military, Flat Rock, Quartz, Go John, and Slate trails would give us some good vantage points of the burn. Good news to report...the entire southern 2/3 of the park is untouched by the fire. As we approached the northern section of Go John loop we could smell the fire. The footprint of the 50% contained fire shown on the incident report shows the northern section of the Go John Trail was taken by the fire. [ photo ] By the time we were getting close enough for some photos a helicopter did several passes over our heads. I'm not super-smart, but I can take a hint. We backtracked back down to the Quartz trail to take to the Slate and then completed the loop.

I sure hope no long lasting damage was done to the northern section of the park and the Go John Trail. That section of the Go John is my favorite even with the encroachment of development from the north. I'll have to wait until the fire crews have left to get in closer to really see the extent of the burn. Stay tuned!
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May 12 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Smith Ravine Trail #297Prescott, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 12 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,434 AEG
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We needed a hike and we needed it not to be in the valley of the oven. There are several on our list in the rim country but we tend to put those off because living in Cave Creek we have to go so far south in order to go north. Seems every time I opened HAZ over the last couple of weeks a lot of folks were hitting the Bradshaws. One hike that kept popping up in the triplogs was Smith Ravine Trail #297 so we decided to give it a go.

We have a dear friend named Bob that lives in Prescott and we invited him to join us. He agreed and met him at the trailhead for a 7am start. The trail starts at 6000' and goes up immediately. Like a tough golf course, it greets you with a firm handshake on the first hole. After less than 1/8th of a mile I was already short of breath and Bob reminded us that they have only 0-1 up there and not the 0-2 that we were accustomed to. :lol: Cathy and I eventually settled into a rhythm that would allow us to continue. We need to do more hiking at higher elevations it seems.

About the trail, it's great. Very reminiscent to us of a longer version of Brown's Trail #133 in the Four Peaks Wilderness, but without the views of Roosevelt Lake... Stunning vistas none the less. The standouts today were the blooming Manzanita's which were everywhere the Ponderosa Pines and the Oaks weren't. We only saw a few hikers all day, along with one sidelined mountain biker who appeared to need oxygen even more than me!
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Smattering of Lupine, lots of Manzanita in full bloom.

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May 10 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 10 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   2.94 mph
575 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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5 AM start...slow pace, even for us. High humidity was the culprit with virga visible all around the valley. Cannondale Kid would be proud of our perspiration. :) Also ran into a squadron of about 15 Javelinas doing what they do best...tearing things up and making a stink. The babies are adorable though.
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May 07 2020
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64 male
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 07 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles      59 Mns   3.34 mph
575 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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5 AM start under a beautiful full moon. We set a PB time :y: with no jogging, (whatever that is).
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May 04 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Seitts-Surrey Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 04 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.20 Miles 382 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   2.78 mph
382 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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Quick "beat the heat" clockwise loop starting from the P.A. Seitts trailhead. We were the second car there @ 5:20 and all spots were full upon our return. Saw one biker, one equine w/rider, and one doggo w/human at the finish.
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Apr 29 2020
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Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 29 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.08 mph
575 ft AEG      1 Min Break4 LBS Pack
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5 AM start for the LosDosBeatTheSunFolks. Low energy hike. :(
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Apr 27 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   3.12 mph
575 ft AEG      1 Min Break4 LBS Pack
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A little slower than we would have liked but high humidity and bad air quality got to us a little... (diesel fumes, trash day).
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Apr 18 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Surrey Hills-Menk Trail Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking5.43 Miles 570 AEG
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New loop from the house and no car needed. :D We used the fairly new addition to the Town of Cave Creek trail system the wraps around the western and southern sides of Surrey Hills. Route shown in photoset. Used primarily by mountain bikes it is a real gem for scenery and has decent tread and even some water in the washes. The remainder of the loop used the trails in the P.A. Seitts Preserve and the Louis Menk Nature Overlook Trail. The little used far eastern portion of the Slate Trail completes the lasso. We went CW but in the future we would likely go CCW to get the elevation done earlier and increase the odds of NOT seeing other people. Sad that it only took a month to turn us into anti-social beings. :(
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Apr 15 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   2.94 mph
575 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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Our usual workout. No stops but slower than normal. I'm blaming the Stinknet and the heat. :(
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Apr 13 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ 
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking5.87 Miles 260 AEG
Hiking5.87 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.43 mph
260 ft AEG      20 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Mrs. SloFolks wanted to check on the owls and their young at the Sonoran Preserve North and I needed to start breaking in my new low top boots so this flat little hike was perfect for both of us. We started at the Apache Wash Trail Head and headed east and then north to where we knew some owl nests were located.

Nest number one had one juvenile present that looked about ready to fledge. Usually one or both parents are nearby during sunlight hours but we saw no one. On to nest number two. We saw one parent first sleeping in a nearby Saguaro. The nest had two Owlettes that still had much of their white down feathers showing through. We got some photos but used the zoom as to not get close enough to upset mom or dad. The adult gave us a show doing a flight to a nearby tree. On the return route Cathy spotted one of the parents from nest number one sleeping in a Palo Verde tree.

A weird thing happened with a bike rider at this point. He came up on us from behind and passed us on our left. There was tons of room and as he smiled and said hello his front tire hit a rock and the bike did a complete 180. He tried to put his leg out but MISSED the ground somehow while he hit the front handbrake. He went down quickly and his helmeted head smashed into my left knee. The physics of all this seemed improbable to impossible. Nobody got hurt, it was just such a strange occurrence.

Saw three owlettes and two adults and my new shoes were doing OK so success on both fronts. :) About one mile from the trailhead on the return I jokingly said to Cathy..."If we were to see a snake it would probably be near Apache Wash so I'm gonna fall back in behind you. Not 30 seconds later she came to an abrupt stop as a D-Back was in the grass on the side of the trail. Good eyes for her to see it. :app: I doubt I would have seen it. No rattle as he was just waking up I think. He did rattle and strike "the pose" as I urged him off the trail for the safety of others.
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Apr 10 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Cave Creek Indian Ruins at Chalk CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2020
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Hiking10.30 Miles 1,288 AEG
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This has been on my list and with warm weather closing in I figured I better do it now or it would have to wait until fall. Mrs. SloFolks passed on my invite so I asked @outdoor_lover to join me and she said yes! Pam takes a lot of pretty pictures and that slows her down to exactly my speed...perfect. Our double lasso loop is shown in the photoset.

We started at 6am from the Spur Cross parking lot and it was COLD. We froze our :pk: off for the first two miles. I live just south of Spur Cross and during the winter it is usually a few degrees warmer up there than at my home, cool air sinking and all. It was 51* when I left home and 37* and very windy 5 minutes later. Go figure. Once moving I was OK with the exception of my hands and ears. FYI...Black Diamond trekking gloves do not provide any warmth...at all.

The absolute highlight of the trek up occurred during our first rest stop at Shulte Spring at the far east end of Chalk Canyon. Two F-15 fighter jets (I believe that's what they were...it happened so fast) flew over our heads clearing the canyon walls by not very much. The second hit his after burner and we could see the orange glow out of the engine. He did a super fast bank turning the air around his wings and tails to turn into water vapor. The sound was deafening and the visual was jaw dropping. Within just a few seconds they were screaming over Skull Mesa at a very low level and gone. They were having some big time fun!

To keep the triplog a reasonable length I'll provide more info in the photo captions. The ruins were interesting and we found lots of petroglyphs on top of the mesa near the remains of the 30 room settlement. Pottery shards were prevalent and the views from the top were incredible.
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Lots and lots of New Mexico Thistle along with all the other usual suspects.

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Apr 04 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ 
Surrey Hills / Black Mountain, AZ
 
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.28 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.12 mph
575 ft AEG      2 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Late start...paid the price with the sun and heat. :(
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Apr 01 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Cave Creek & Go John Canyon, AZ 
Cave Creek & Go John Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking4.70 Miles 360 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.09 mph
360 ft AEG      15 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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We had planned on making this a loop hike but three factors changed it to an out and back... heat, humidity, and people. We parked in a residential area north of New River Road and hiked over to Cave Creek and proceeded south off trail on some extraordinary beautiful bedrock following the creek. This led us to a large lake that we had found last year. It's part of the creek but the bedrock shelf is so large it has allowed this lake of sorts to exist along with a nice riparian area and bosque. Even during high CFM flow the "lake" is always very placid due to it's size.

We found remnants of a gold mining operation on both sides of the creek here. Gold settles on bedrock so that kind of made sense. After taking in the sights we did an about face and headed north up the creek to the mouth of Go John Canyon and then followed the northern bank of Go John Wash as we turned westerly. It was getting really warm and humid and we were now leaving State Trust Land. That means we were headed straight towards the Cave Creek Recreation Area and the throngs of new hikers that seem to be populating the trails.

So we decided to abort the 6.5 mile loop we had planned and just retraced our route back to the car. A happy and safe April to everyone.
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Mar 29 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Surrey Hills-Seitts-Overlook, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 29 2020
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Hiking4.56 Miles 730 AEG
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Same as our summertime 4am "Beat The Heat" hike. Left from our house and entered the trail system through Surrey Hills. Thought for sure this would still be kind of unknown with little to no people. Wrong. What a zoo. Saw more people on the Overlook Trail in 1/2 hour than we've seen in 2 years. :( Most all of them were not aware of social distancing even one iota. No camera so of course we saw more wildflowers than ever! Owl Clover was the king.
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Mar 25 2020
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Blue Wash and Camp Creek Falls, AZ 
Blue Wash and Camp Creek Falls, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2020
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Hiking3.47 Miles 557 AEG
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Having an underlying illness that COVID-19 seems to like making trouble for, I've been self quarantined for a while. Had to get out so thought I'd head over to Camp Creek Falls. I haven't been yet this year, and with the recent rains it promised to be nice. Driving out Cave Creek Road the turn off to Bartlett Lake was backed up several hundred yards with cars. Looked like lots of family units with small children. The Marina and Rattlesnake Cove are closed so I'm unsure of where they all were going.

When I arrived at the parking area near Blue Wash the usual assortment of horse trailers were present along with more cars than I've ever seen at this location. :o I gave thought to turning around and returning home but decided to give it a shot. A large sign at the gate stated groups of 10 or more were prohibited due to social distancing guidelines for the virus. All the times I've been here we've always had the falls to ourselves. Everyone is outside now though!

The hike down to Blue Wash to Camp Creek Wash was beautiful. About 1 inch of running water that would disappear then come to the surface again to make some noise over small rock cascades. As I approached the turn I could see that lots of folks missed the turn and kept going south while others mistakenly went up the Maricopa Trail turnoff just past Camp Creek. What a cluster muck. I cut the corner at one of the Fresco mine claims so as not to be seen and headed up to the falls. The water was really flowing down Camp Creek so I knew the falls would be roaring.

There were some people at the falls with small children and a couple of doggos. No one was up top so after a couple of photos I held my breath and climbed past the vectors of disease for some solitude on top of the falls. It was great till they saw me up there...now everyone was pointing and heading my way. I climbed up some rocks till they went by then I descended and started the trip back. On the way back up I ran into two large groups coming down. Apparently the 10 person limit didn't apply to them. I queried the second large group about if they saw the signage and the "leader" said "we're a church group". Oh, I didn't know Lutherans couldn't spread the virus. I suppose they are exempt from National Forest regulations also.

Oh well, this little trip was great none the less and it felt wonderful to get out.
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Mar 15 2020
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Union Peak Summit, AZ 
Union Peak Summit, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2020
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Hiking6.17 Miles 935 AEG
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We had a nice offer to hike in the Supes with @outdoor_lover and @tibber today but sadly had to decline due to a previous lunch engagement. We still wanted to get a hike in, so we copied a hike up Union Peak recently logged by @kingsnake. We cut a little mileage off one of his loops due to the heat and humidity. We were both experiencing "low energy" right from the start. :(

On the first hill up from the trailhead we stopped to see if the Great Horned Owl had any Owlettes yet. We saw her last year when we climbed Dixie Mountain. She was there and incubating some eggs but no babies have hatched yet. Maybe in a couple of more weeks.

The talking heads on the news say to stay away from crowds as a preventative measure against the CORVID-19 virus. This trailhead on a Sunday @ 8am was an absolute zoo so I'm fairly certain Cathy and I are now both infected. :scared:

Decent spring bloom display on the way up. Brittlebush and Lupine were the stalwarts but many others were blooming also. On the summit we witnessed quite a display of hundreds, if not thousands, of Arizona Blister Beatles. Like Ladybugs they congregate year after year in certain spots to party down and procreate. They were all having sex with one another like we weren't even there! :) Insex as Pam coined it last week on the 6L Ranch hike.
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Brittlebush, Lupine, Fiddleneck, Heliotrope, Scoorpionweed, Chicory, Globemallow, Owl Clover, and others.
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Mar 13 2020
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Surrey Hills & Black Mountain Trail, AZ 
Surrey Hills & Black Mountain Trail, AZ
 
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Hiking3.90 Miles 349 AEG
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Exercise hike leaving from our house. Climbed to the saddle of Surrey Hills then went partially up the Black Mountain Summit Trail in Cave Creek. Sky was turning black and when the thunder started we turned back. Made it home in the knick of time to stay dry.
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Mar 08 2020
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6L Ranch from Spur Cross, AZ 
6L Ranch from Spur Cross, AZ
 
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Hiking11.00 Miles 690 AEG
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This one's been on our list for a while. While we have hiked in this area many times we never made it quite as far north as the actual location of the 6L Ranch proper. The ranch was originally homesteaded in 1914 by brothers John and William Lewis. They have quite a history in the area having first settled in the Superstitions from Indiana before relocating to Cave Creek. They played fiddle and guitar (as Cathy and I also do) and they entertained the Cartwrights and other homesteaders along the creek on a weekly basis. Laissez les bon temps rouler.

HAZ member Sun_Ray (Brian), had originally planned to go with us in January but things came up with his schedule but now he was ready. We invited Tibber and Outdoor Lover (Angela and Pam) also seeing as it was International Women's Day. :) Brian informed us he couldn't do the entire trek but would go as far as the ranch entrance gate at the 4.2 mile mark before turning around. He brought along his dog Kai, who enjoyed the water as much as any pooch I've ever seen. We just couldn't help but smile and laugh at his delight.

The trek up the creek was one of the best and prettiest ever. There will some more green in the willows and sycamores in a couple of weeks but hey, it was near heaven up there. Temperatures were perfect, water was flowing great in the creek and the Cottonwoods were quaking in the perfect breeze. This is starting to sound like a romance novel. :? Being that far north we were able to see the full length of New River Mesa at the same time. Quite the sight. We followed the trail past the ranch boundary for a short while until it disappeared altogether. Angela and Pam found a great site at the creek where we took a break and ate some lunch on some huge boulders. I'm sure Tibber will likely have that on her video. It was a great spot. You can't help but wonder what it was like living there full time over 100 years ago. Then you start thinking about the Hohokam living there also, but 800-1000 years ago. :-k

The hike back was just as nice. More info will be added to the photo captions. We saw some neat things along the way. I suppose I should mention that this hike had at minimum 18 creek crossings. Some of them were very entertaining and that's all I'm going to say about that. :lol:
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