Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hot 'n Steamy

Weather:  95°, sunny, humid

Time:  32 minutes

About this hike:  The weather tells the tale as far as why my time was not sub-30 minutes today.  Despite uncrowded parking and trails, the heat and humidity slowed me down.  I was hoping for some clouds and cooler temps since we had a monsoon last night— but no such luck.  This may have been the first time I ever drained a large Powerade plus two water bottles (my standard hydration packout).  I always pack extra because if you had just enough, you didn't have enough—that's my rule.

Nothing particularly interesting happened today good or bad.  I was asked to play photog—as I often am—for a couple.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

(Not) Hating on Tourists...

Weather:  90°, cloudy, peaks of sunshine

Time:  Completely forgot to start the timer on my phone

About this hike:  The overcast skies and reasonably low humidity made for a comfortable hike this morning, considering it's July in Phoenix.  I met a hiker from Seattle and a tourist couple from Colorado Springs.  Everyone was very friendly and it was nice to meet some out of towners (this in spite of my constant complaints about tourists during the winter months!).

All around a great hike and glad I did so this morning.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Piestewa Peak

Weather:  95°, sunny, very humid

Time:  Lost due to answering a text and causing the timer app to shut down

About this hike:  An overnight rain made for very high humidity today.  Along with the sun that finally broke thru the clouds, this made for a tiring hike.  Regardless, I survived it and love that I got to do both of my favorite mountains this holiday weekend.

I typically wear a red baseball hat when I hike, and today a hummingbird saw it and buzzed around my head, nearly hitting me.  It scared me and I swatted at it like a big bug.

Friday, July 4, 2014

History Repeats on the 4th!

Weather:  88°, overcast, very humid, sprinkles

Time:  32 minutes

About this hike:  This 4th of July is starting off a lot like 2012.  After a huge haboob and monsoon last night (and no power for over 3 hours!) the skies are overcast and murky over the Valley.  While finishing up my hike it sprinkled a bit as I was nearing the trailhead, so nowhere near the epic downpour and subsequent flash floods of 2012.

Thirty-two minutes isn't a bad time, but it's not a sub-thirty either.  That said, I stopped quite a bit as the humidity really got to me.  For whatever reason it bothers me more than 95° and sun, granted the cloud cover was a nice break from the sun's rays.

Parking was a breeze today at the Echo trailhead.  One very patriotic man was hiking in an American flag banana hammock--and nothing else.  I didn't take a photo; you'll just have to trust me on this one.

Was a great hike today. This one's for #MERICA!

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