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Mar 10 2019
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Siphon Draw Trail #53Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2019
rayhuston
Hiking6.64 Miles 1,730 AEG
Hiking6.64 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   1.63 mph
1,730 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
Myself and a friend from work are the only remaining members of the company hiking club, as it were. Sheri asked if I would take her to the Flatiron today. As it turned out, she was still coughing from a cold and struggled to get to the Basin. I have been struggling with some knee pain and was only too happy to let it go today.

We stopped at the Basin for a bit to watch the others (busy for a Sunday), then dropped back down to the Palmer trail, took that to the Prospector Trail, Treasure Loop, then up to the saddle below the Praying Hands. We had a brief snack at the saddle while we checked out the views. I pointed out some other trails we have been on together in the past. We explored a cool alcove on the way back down from the saddle, then finished on the Treasure Loop trail.

Great day out, even if we didn't achieve our objective today.
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Jan 19 2019
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2019
rayhuston
Hiking2.38 Miles 162 AEG
Hiking2.38 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   1.88 mph
162 ft AEG
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LostintheDesert
My wife wanted to go on one of her favorite loop hikes from Lost Dutchman State Park. Before we left, she showed me a quote from John Muir about his dislike of the word hiking. "I don't like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains - not hike!..." So off we went on our mountain saunter. In front of it anyway.

Gorgeous day, the kind you want to enjoy all day long. We started late, however, and we were both starving so breakfast won out.
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Nov 24 2018
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking2.87 Miles 555 AEG
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Out for a walk in the park at my wife’s favorite hiking destination. Lot's of people out having fun.
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Nov 24 2018
kenandjude
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42 male
 Joined Jan 30 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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kenandjude
Hiking2.87 Miles 555 AEG
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Nothing fancy. Just went out in the evening as a family and enjoyed a full moon hike.
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Oct 04 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.40 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   2.36 mph
850 ft AEG
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Parked at Cholla day use. Walked over to Discovery Interpretive Trail. Then Siphon Draw, Jacob's, Prospectors,Palmer Mine, Praying Hands, Treasure loop. Great weather! Saw a Tarantula, Gopher Snake, one Mule deer, two Mule deer. :D :y:
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Tortoise Hiking. Stop and smell the Petrichor.
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Mar 25 2018
Daytripper
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68 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2018
Daytripper
Hiking2.65 Miles 202 AEG
Hiking2.65 Miles      50 Mns   3.18 mph
202 ft AEG
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Time to renew annual state park pass, decided to do a short hike while here. The winter visitors have yet to leave, crowds at all stops along Apache trail. Took a peek at the new cabins near completion,you won’t have to rough it at LDP much longer.Took discovery trail to siphon draw to crosscut then took the mountain bike trail back to discovery, temps were in the 70’s for the afternoon.
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Jan 06 2018
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking2.47 Miles 198 AEG
Hiking2.47 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   2.09 mph
198 ft AEG
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Rhonda and I got out for a variation of her favorite loop. Hazy and a tad humid, but nice to be out. Parking lots were in overflow. Flatiron is probably crowded today.
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Nov 27 2017
kbunny
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47 female
 Joined Nov 19 2010
 chicago/chandler
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2017
kbunny
Hiking3.50 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   4 Hrs      0.95 mph
555 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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I finally made it up Siphon Draw!

No, not all the way up - what do you think I am, one of you in-shape locals?! :lol:

Our pasty Midwestern butts got, I'd guess, about two-thirds of the way to the basin, turning around just as the climb became truly challenging. Far enough to get a good sense of how the incredible formations of the Superstition front range close in around you and the Flatiron looms above as you ascend. (For those familiar with the trail, our turnaround point was just past the pair of rocks south of the trail that lean together to create an inviting little cave-like space.)

We'd started by taking Jacobs Crosscut south from the Treasure Loop to Siphon Draw, a welcome warm-up but I was itching to get up close to the mountains. The afternoon was overcast, perfect hiking weather but, sadly, less than ideal for showing off the landforms at their best. I was actually looking for the clandestine Palmer Mine turnoff, thinking we'd do an extended loop that way, but I must have missed it completely, or else it's further up the trail than I expected based on the descriptions. As it was, after descending Siphon Draw we hiked up Prospector's, where I did notice what I guessed to be the other end of the mine trail snaking in from the south. Then down Treasure Loop for a total route of about 3-3.5 miles,the final stretch graced by a typically spectacular Valley sunset and simultaneous moonrise over the Supes behind us. And we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a tarantula we narrowly avoided stomping on as it scurried underground!

I always say I will return to a spot, then when I get the rare chance to hike I always want to go somewhere new! But having finally made it to Lost Dutchman, I regret that my eagerness to experience Siphon Draw made us skip the first leg of Treasure Loop that goes past the Praying Hands. (On the way back tiredness and fading light made us take the faster way down, as it always seems to go with us; it was at this point I joked to Sid, "Hey, it's not full dark and we're not lost - we must be getting better at this!") It was such a thrill to get up close to this range I've been admiring from afar (and exploring from other locations) for years, it made me just want more!
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Apr 01 2017
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking3.00 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.00 mph
555 ft AEG
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Final Four this afternoon, so a day hike will have to wait until tomorrow, in spite of ideal conditions for a local hike. Actually, today's schedule was decided by Rhonda, who wanted to take advantage of cool temps for one last Rhonda's Loop at LDSP before it's too hot. It's getting a bit parched out there now, with fox tail sprouting everywhere. Still it was nice with a cool breeze and the park was packed. Followed up with breakfast burritos from The Burrito Shack. It was packed, too.
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Feb 17 2017
rayhuston
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 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking2.40 Miles 182 AEG
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Short stroll around the park with the family. Cloudy and breezy day, but quite a few people out anyway.
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Nov 12 2016
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking2.10 Miles 184 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles      54 Mns   2.33 mph
184 ft AEG
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The whole family is in town so we took a trip out to Lost Dutchman and did a variation of Rhonda's favorite loop. We didn't get started until after 8:30 :o so it was busy!

Beautiful morning in the park.
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Nov 01 2016
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking2.87 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking2.87 Miles      87 Mns   1.98 mph
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Rhonda's loop followed by some touristy stuff at the Goldfield mining camp across the highway. Then breakfast at Micky D's on Apache Hwy. Excellent morning.

After 27 days over 90+in October, November starts it off right with 60 something temps at LDSP. Woohoo!
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Dec 20 2015
hikingaz2
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75 male
 Joined Dec 16 2011
 Mesa,Az
Reverse FlatironPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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hikingaz2
Hiking10.70 Miles 3,376 AEG
Hiking10.70 Miles   11 Hrs   58 Mns   1.88 mph
3,376 ft AEG   6 Hrs   17 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
Time to get this off our Bucket List. Thanks to Vincent and gmaclachian's routes we had a big idea where we went wrong in the past attempts. Thought we were all set, but then decided we wanted a few more miles and do an off route extension after we topped out behind the Hoodoos, hooking up with the ridgeline trail via a small saddle we had spotted previously. Parked at the second parking spot off 1st water and up we went. All went well, 3/4th of the way up we startled a couple of : rein : but to quick for a pic. Got up and over the Hoodoos East of 5024 and spotted the saddle we wanted to go down and connect with the ridgeline trail back to Flatiron. This is such a beautiful hike and especially up on top past the 1st set of Hoodoos my camera wouldn't stop clicking :M2C: :D . Started down and ran in to a wall of trees and bushes, couldn't go thru or under as they were really thick. ](*,) Backed out and worked our way up and around the North side of the Thicket. Hooked up with the ridgeline and up and over connecting with the Reverse Flatiron Route. Decided not to head over to Flatiron due to setting sun. Headed down Siphon Draw to Jacob's Crosscut and headed North to parking lot. Got dark on us and missed a sign , we ended up over at the Cholla Campground area, all in all was a great hike, but happy I was able to cross it off my Bucket List....
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Nov 29 2015
SkyIslander18
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49 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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SkyIslander18
Hiking4.00 Miles 560 AEG
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After our Pass Mountain hike, we returned to our campsite at Lost Dutchman SP with a little energy left for the loop. We hiked the trails counter clock-wise at sunset and walked the park roads back to camp in the dark. I always enjoy hiking these short Dutchman park trails. Dinner and campfire ended the long, very fun day!
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Nov 08 2015
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking3.00 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   2.14 mph
555 ft AEG
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Rhonda's favorite loop on a gorgeous morning at Lost Dutchman.
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Oct 11 2015
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63 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Palmer Mine Big Loop, AZ 
Palmer Mine Big Loop, AZ
 
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tibber
Hiking4.50 Miles 715 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.45 mph
715 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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Day 2, Hike 2 of the TibberFest/60th Birthday Bash. 13 of us would be hiking this Loop, well part of us anyway as some would go back from Palmer Mine to go up Siphon Draw. I can't tell you how much this made me :D smile to have so many people to hike with that I've hiked with over my short time hiking. I am one lucky hiker.

Larry had the route, Larry got nominated trip leader. He got us to the mine but was a little nervous about herding 12 cats. I can't remember what my niece asked Larry but his response was, "I usually hike alone." :lol: Oh well, not today. We headed up the trail from the Main Campground via the Mining Camp restaurant trail, merged with Siphon Draw and then turned at the trail that goes to the left after the Crosscut.

It was a bit warm and we were anxiously hoping to get to the shade of the mine. We could have gone on Jacob's to Prospector to get to the shade earlier but that was a steeper climb. The mine adit has a lot more overgrowth then when I was here last with Ambika. The mine has a great history though and I forwarded that to the non-HAZers so it will hopefully make it more memorable for them (I'll test them the next time I see them ;) ). We goofed around here and enjoyed the shade a bit before continuing on via some dips to the Prospector Trail intersection. We had the option to take it back down or continue on for a larger loop. It was no-contest as everyone opted for the bigger loop (it was a matter of time out on the trail for those that had later plans).

So the nine of us continued, visited for a moment at the Treasure Loop intersection and headed on down to the Jacob's Crosscut. Most folks had not done this trail or this hike so it was new and a nice way to start a Sunday. Larry and I lingered behind as the others picked up the pace.

Back at the campground, folks finished packing up and went their separate ways. It was nice of my brother to bring out Snowball as it came in handy for storage and late afternoon shade. Others brot food or wood or charcoal and it all worked out very well. It is a very nice campground and having the food truck come out for Saturday's meal worked perfectly. To finish off the weekend, we stopped at the Mammoth Steakhouse for lunch (great skins and wings; lucky for me Ambika gives me the leftovers to take home) with Wade & Mary Jo and Wendy & Ambika.

Thursday, Chumley got a few of us together (for those who couldn't make the weekend bash due to a backpack trip at Powers Garden) to celebrate the real 60th at the AZ Wilderness Brewery so that was a nice way to cap off my second 30th Birthday. As I've told others, I actually think I wouldn't mind turning 60 all over again cuz this was way too much fun :y: !

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Apr 12 2015
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking4.00 Miles 675 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   2.82 mph
675 ft AEG      6 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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LostintheDesert
Rhonda's Loop with an added side trip for me. Breakfast at Cobb's Diner after. I feel I can never go wrong in a place that plays old time country music and the waitress calls you "Hon." I love their biscuits and gravy; it's like having dessert for breakfast!
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Mar 08 2015
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 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Apache Junction,
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2015
AZLumberjack
Hiking3.20 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   3 Hrs      1.07 mph
555 ft AEG
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Just cooling my heels after hiking with Hank (Grasshopper) and I get an email from Angela (Tibber) for some wildflower hunting along the trails around the LDSP and Siphon Draw. Can't turn down an opportunity to hike with Angela, especially when she offered to buy me a beer afterwards :) so I gladly accepted.

We met at the Mining Camp Restaurant at 0830 and got our "stuff" together to chase the colorful wildflowers (hope, hope). The parking lot was quickly filling up and we could already see hoards of hikers on the trails. Once through the gates and on the trails, we were aware that this was going to be a little less than spectacular :-k Lots of Brittlebush in all stages of bloom but mostly still in the budding stage. We found tons of Chuparosa in full bloom in every wash in the foothills but Siphon Draw Wash was particularly colorful :D

We kept hoping and looking for the fields of golden Mexican Poppies, but only found a few sparse patches of the stunted golden beauties ](*,) The highlight of the day, however, was the discovery of a rare Red Poppy that was growing all by itself right alongside the Treasure Loop Trail :y: Lots of hikers out taking pictures of the flowers and the mountain and the trail up Siphon Draw had drawn the majority, as would be expected.

We finally turned around and headed back to the parking lot and along the way we ran into Spider Legs and Hike Mule on their return from 5024. We talked for a bit then all decided to go inside and have a cold beer. Nice meeting you guys and the good conversation.... Thanks Angela for the beer. The flowers weren't quite as expected, but it was a beautiful day to be out and next time I'll buy the beer :y:
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The Brittlebush needs a little time yet to get to full bloom. The Mexican Poppies are sparse and stunted. The Chuparosa is going crazy in the washes.
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
Feb 13 2015
rayhuston
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 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking3.11 Miles 567 AEG
Hiking3.11 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   1.99 mph
567 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I've been off all week. I spent the first part of the week in Oregon celebrating my mother's 80th birthday. Other than a short hike in the mud along Fall Creek near Eugene, I went on my first hike in more than two weeks yesterday. I was feeling it this morning and throughout this hike. It's amazing how quickly you lose your stamina if you don't keep it up.

My wife played hooky with me today. We took advantage of this fabulous morning by going out to Lost Dutchman for a saunter around Rhonda's favorite loop, then hit Cobb's diner for a late breakfast.

Wildflowers were isolated but starting to show up. It's green everywhere.
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Dec 25 2014
rayhuston
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 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking2.87 Miles 555 AEG
Hiking2.87 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   2.00 mph
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A late morning hike with the family followed by a very late breakfast at Cobb's diner. The two are becoming a Christmas tradition at our house. I used to have to cook on Christmas morning, so I like this new tradition. A lot!
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