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Friday Fitness Hike

On Friday’s hike, Janet, Linda, Bob, and I hiked from the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead to Gardener’s Wall, and then from Gardener’s Wall to Tom’s Thumb. We then proceeded to the top of the East End Trail. We had planned to do a route down the East End Trail, but it had begun raining fairly hard, so we headed back down the Tom’s Thumb Trail instead, for a hike that was somewhat under five miles.

A view from the parking lot prior to starting the hike:

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Sandwash Groundel on the Tom’s Thumb Trail.

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This is the view to the east as we hiked up the Tom’s Thumb Trail:

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Troon and Pinnacle Peak:

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Tom’s Thumb:

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Janet, Linda, and Bob wait for me while I use my camera:

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Another view of Tom’s Thumb as we start making our way towards Gardener’s Wall:

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Gardener’s Wall and Tom’s Thumb:

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This is another view of Gardener’s Wall. The trail appeared to go between these rocks, but we turned back and found another way.

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Linda and Bob make their way up the steep trail to Gardener’s Wall.

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Janet, after completing a mantling move:

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Janet and Linda on their way towards the “cave”.

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The cave:

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Janet, Linda, and Bob on the traverse past Gardener’s Wall. Note the cairn by Janet’s hand. (It really is a trail!)20150424-_DSC5609-Edit-medium

Bob looks for the trail from a high vantage point.

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Globemallow:

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Linda and Janet, proceeding upward again.

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A view of Glass Dome after making it to the top, next to Gardener’s Wall.

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Views of Tom’s Thumb:

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It’s raining in Scottsdale.

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It was raining lightly when I took this photo. This was my last photo of the day – it began raining much harder after taking this shot.

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