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Friday Fitness Hike

For Friday’s hike, Linda, Amy, Bill, Kathy, and I met at the Trailhead Staging Area.  The five of us hiked the Scenic Trail.  After that, Linda and I continued on and explored Stoneman Wash.

Equestrians saddle their horses just before sunrise.

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Sunrise in the rear window of my F-150; the moon is still on its way to setting just over the cab.

2013-09-20-DSC08932-mediumA view from the Scenic Trail early in the hike.

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Linda, Bill, Kathy, and Amy hike up the one substantial hill on the Scenic Trail.  It’s only about 200 feet of elevation gain.

2013-09-20-DSC08962-mediumThe view from partway up the hill.  Amy suggested we stop for water; good thing we did, or I would have missed this picture!

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Another view from approximately the same location.

2013-09-20-DSC08983-mediumA petroglyph can be seen along the trail.

2013-09-20-DSC09013-medium Another “scenic” view from the Scenic Trail.

2013-09-20-DSC09031-medium A view from the Pemberton, shortly before crossing the road:

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A view of a small feeder wash to Stoneman Wash.  This can be seen from the Pemberton just before descending a short hill leading down into (and across) Stoneman Wash.

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Dried and cracked clay near the former clay mining test site.  I wouldn’t have thought to take this photo, but I saw Linda photographing it with her camera, so I decided to give it a try too.

2013-09-20-DSC09102-medium Another view of Red Mountain.

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A palo verde at the top of a small bluff along Stoneman Wash.

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The same bluff as above, viewed from a short ways further up the wash:

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A large palo verde tree in Stoneman Wash:

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Linda poses next to a large saguaro.  It really was leaning that much.

2013-09-20-DSC09255-medium A bright yellow flower with a small white spider in the tortoise enclosure.  We looked for tortoises in the enclosure, but did not see any.

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