Back in the Superstitions

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One of the joys of my journey has been to reunite with Leanna, who lives in Apache Junction, AZ, a community which nestles into the Superstition Mountains. Here we are, on top of the world. And here is the picture I will be sending to my cardiologist …

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We ascended 1400 feet, a lot of it scrambling up all manner of rocky surfaces. Endurance checked out just fine. Here are some more shots from Sunday’s walk …

Note the rare site of water. Nature out here is massive and in your face and full of mind-boggling surprises. But the desert also provides an eye-opening study in the subtle and the micro, especially when it has a a few drops of water to work with …

More hike pics …

Next day, another hike, a different section of the Superstitions …

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More pics …

And this cool one …

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Not to mention this …

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And the moon thoughtfully posing with this big-ass rock …

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Leanna scaled a vertical face to get to this cave. I took the longer way up …

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The Day Two hike was technically an easier one, but I had to push myself harder, as I still hadn’t fully recovered from our excursion the day before. Leanna was a bit slower, too, but she still had plenty left in the tank. I had every excuse to call it a day for me, but then something crazy happened: Where I should have felt fatigue, I suddenly experienced exhilaration and a sense of breakthrough. Suddenly, I had energy to spare. I’m sure there’s a life lesson in this.

Meanwhile, a friggin’ crazy cholla cactus that thinks it’s a tree …

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Finally, back by the roadside …

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This chapel featured in the movie, Charro, starring Elvis. Always a successful hike that ends in a homage to the King.

 

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