Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thankful for Camelback

Weather:  63°, sunny

Time:  28 minutes

About this hike:  Record tied! Love these cooler temps, and my time shows it!  That is a slightly adjusted time wherein I stopped the clock a little before the summit. This is to make up for stoppages beyond my control such as children, people paralyzed with fear at the railings, selfie-stick hawking tourists, etc.

The mountain was crowded, but there were breaks without a ton of people. It was better than Piestewa was yesterday.

"Lot Full" was displayed when I arrived at the parking lot, and a cross-armed ranger was enforcing it.  Not willing to circle around, I parked at my secret spot (which remains un-named) down the street.  By the time I got to the trailhead (~10 min.) there were plenty of parking spots.  Makes me question the validity of this little show of power.

Regardless, a good hike and I am thankful for this afternoon adventure to wrap up Thanksgiving weekend.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Post-Thanksgiving Piestewa

Weather:  60°, sunny

Time:  35 minutes

About this hike: This wasn't a solo hike, hence the time.  Regardless, it was a good opportunity to burn off some Thanksgiving calories.

The mountain was crowded today, as expected during a holiday weekend that involved feasting.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thankful for a Good and Safe Hike

Weather:  70°, overcast, breezy

Time:  30 minutes

About this hike:  Back in the 30-and-Under Club.  It feels so good.  Mountain was crowded today with what I presume were tourists and out-of-town visitors.  It got a little irritating at times, but overall I maintained a steady pace and had an enjoyable pre-Turkey Day hike.

Notable today there is a palo verde tree at the summit that is decorated.  I'm not certain if this is in honor of the victims in Paris or an attempt at an early Christmas tree.... I expect the traditional main Christmas tree to go up there shortly.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Afternoon Delight on Camelback

Weather:  78°, sunny, breezy

Time:  32 minutes

About this hike:  This hike was routine as they come.  I love the cooler temps making an afternoon hike possible.  Parking wasn't bad although the mountain did have it's share of activity.

Nothing else to report today.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Motivation Tuesday at Cameback

Weather:  77°, sunny, breezy

Time:  32 minutes

About this hike:  This was an after-work hike.  Parking wasn't a big issue, but by the time I got off the mountain the lot was pretty full.  The trails suffered for it.  I was surprised at how crowded it was on a weekday afternoon, but perhaps I'm not the only one taking advantage of our cooler afternoon temperatures.  I love this time of year...but truly, I love all seasons in Arizona.

The time it took me to get up the mountain was disappointing, especially considering I rarely paused to take a rest.  Regardless, I always welcome the opportunity to climb my favorite PHX mountain.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sunday Afternoon at Piestewa

Weather:  82°, sunny

Time:  26 minutes

About this hike:  Loving the cooler (relatively speaking!) afternoon temperatures.  Took advantage of this Sunday afternoon and hiked up Piestewa.

At the trailhead I learned that despite having a small car, I can't parallel park to save my life.  It's a wonder I passed the driver license exam back 14 year ago.  That said, it was nice to be able to park in the main lot instead of off-site.

Overall a very nice hike!