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Month: October 2016

Friday Fitness Hike

Mike, Janet, Nancy, Heather, and Sue joined me for a 10.5 mile hike out to the Dixie Mine.  We continued on up the wash until we got to the Prospector Trail. From there we hiked up to the Bell Pass Trail, over to the Windmill Trail, then to Coachwhip, and back on Dixie Mine.

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A view from the sidewalk, through the gated community, as we neared the trailhead.

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The view from the wash as we approached the panel of petroglyphs.

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Mike, Heather, Janet, Sue, and Nancy

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Approaching the waterfall…

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Bees were drawn to the puddle forcing us to take a somewhat steeper path than normal.

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Saguaros on the Prospector Trail.

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A view of the Fountain from the Bell Pass Trail.

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Looking back towards Thompson Peak from the Windmill Trail.

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Hedgehog Cactus on the Windmill Trail.

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Looking down the wash from the Windmill Trail.

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A view of Weaver’s Needle and the Flatiron through saguaros on the Coachwhip Trail.

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A dead tree with Four Peaks in the background.

 

Friday Fitness Hike

Amy, Janet, Mike, and I hiked 6.7 miles on Friday. We hiked to the pond and then explored some of the arroyos on the other side of the Pemberton Trail.

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View from the Pemberton just prior to dropping into Stoneman Wash

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Janet, Amy, and Mike

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Amy, beneath a crumbly wall

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We saw the barn owl several times on our hike.

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Amy and Mike

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Banks of Stoneman Wash

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An old Chevy in Stoneman Wash

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Note the small bird, a phainopepla, on the gnarly tree.

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Janet and Mike examine the remains of what might have been a truck.

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Two saguaros on the way into a box canyon.

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Leaving the box canyon.

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A deep channel in the wash.

 

Friday Fitness Hike

Marilyn, Bob, Mike, Linda, Nancy, Shawn, Lisa, Nick, and I hiked 8.4 miles starting at the Wagner Trailhead.

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Large boulders leaning towards each other:

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A view of Weaver’s Needle, far far away:

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A large saguaro in front of the McDowells:

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Marilyn, Bob, Mike, Linda, Nancy, Shawn, Lisa, and Nick:

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The desert is drying out again. I was surprised to see these flowers…20161014-_dsc9075-edit-edit-medium

A view from the Pemberton Trail:

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Mike identified this bird as a red tail hawk.20161014-_dsc9102-edit-medium

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Saguaros on the Delsie Trail:

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Friday Fitness Hike

Bob, Nick, Allen, Janet, Mike, Nancy, Lisa, and I hiked in the the Competive Track / Stoneman (Pemberton) Wash are on Friday.  Bob’s dog Sarge and Allen & Janet’s dog Bella trotted along on the hike too. Nancy, Lisa, Mike, and I hiked nine miles; the rest did a somewhat shorter hike.

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Lisa, Nancy, Janet, Nick, Allen, and Bob with Bella and Sarge leading the way

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Nick with his hand-made hiking stick

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Janet, Allen, Nick, Lisa, Nancy, Bob, and Mike with Bella and Sarge in front

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A Dead Palo Verde Tree; Did the Desert Misletoe kill it?

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One of the clay pits along the Pemberton Trail

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Another view of the clay pit

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Lisa, Nancy, and Mike

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Nancy hiking trhough a brushy wash

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Creosote Bush (I think)

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A view from the Tonto Tank Trail

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A view from the Technical Loop

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Another view from the Technical Loop

 

Callisto

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Jo and Danny

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Friday Fitness Hike

Linda and I hiked a 9.6 mile loop starting from the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead.  We hiked: Marcus Landslide, Boulder, Pemberton, Coachwhip, Windmill, East End, and returned on the Tom’s Thumb Trail.

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Mushroom rock and adjoining pinnacle just off of the Marcus Landslide Trail

 

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View of McDowell Mountain Park and Four Peaks from the Marcus Landslide Trail

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East End Trail

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View of Fountain Hills (in distance) from the East End Trail

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Side view of Gardener’s Wall with Tom’s Thumb above and to the right.

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Gardener’s Wall (left) and Tom’s Thumb (right).

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View from Tom’s Thumb Trail

 

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