Hikes, Heat and Hangin' out...

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Yesterday we drove south about twenty miles and found our goal, North Mountain Park.  The trails there were short, at least the ones we found. We got in about two miles of fairly steep and twisty trails and it was good.  Not too much scenic or photo worthy, however.  It was a cloudy day and not too hot, so we took a long walk through the park at about sunset.  The sky was beautiful, but I had only the phone for shooting pics.  Some of you may have got one of them.

It's been nice enough to sleep with the roof vent open.  It's getting down only to the mid-fifties now and comfortable.  Lots of folks are leaving the park, presumably to head north and home for the warmer months.

This morning, I went out to the Sooby to find that the key was on all night.  Not good.  I tried to get a jump-start from someone at the office, but didn't find much cooperation.  I called AAA and the jumper guy showed up in about half an hour.  Nice service and well worth the cost, in my opinion.

We finally got on the road and drove a short distance to the Sonoran Desert Preserve.  There are lots of trails there for man, horse and mountain bike.  We actually saw more cyclists than hikers.  One cyclist had the misfortune to have a flat, so we passed him and his partner as he fixed the tire.  Quite a bit later they finally passed us and we soon lost sight of them. This was a tough five-mile hike, with lots of climbs and descents.  It went around Dixie Mountain, in full view of Phoenix.  By the time we finished up, there were only two other cars in the parking lot.  It was hot by then, about eighty-five degrees.  I was bushed!  I looked at my Walmart Special trekking poles and noticed that one had disassembled itself somewhere on the hike.  I'll take them back when I find the next handy store.

We drove to a Costco not far from our park and I purchased a pair of carbon fiber poles.  These look to be of better quality than those from the W-place.  We had a couple of Polish Sausages for lunch.  I still felt like I needed more to eat due to the exercise.  I saw that they have hand-dipped, almond-coated, ice cream bars on a stick for only a buck and a half... God is good!  I got one and Lynn and I shared it, more or less.  It was huge and well covered with chocolate and nuts. I'll bet it weighed a good pound...Nice!

Oh, I forgot to mention that there are numerous geocaches in the Sonoran Preserve.  We found one at the beginning of our hike, but were too busy sweating and hiking to look for any others.  I really can't imagine how hot it must be here in summer.  I'll be glad to get up north by then.

Lynnie is leaving tomorrow afternoon for Helena, so she's been busy packing and looking for the things that she put under other things. Luckily she's found most of what she sought.  She did a couple of batches of laundry and is almost set to hit the skies.  Soon to be where some of you are.  She'll be happier at home, I think.
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John Louis Willard on

I am getting up to go to fridge for a Bananna smoothy, Mom lived them and so.... Ya I need one now thanks to your ice cream post yummmmy

Dennis on

Glad to see ymou are still enjoying it down in AZ before the real heat sets in. Sunsets down there can be awesome. Stay safe.

mike noble on

So by now you are all by your lonesome. We just got back from San Jose--great trip with as usual, lots of photos but did not even have time to do a travel blog. Sounds like it is heating up there a bit. Hopefully, you have plenty of reading materials in Lynn's absence. See you in May or is it June?

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