Hmmm, Superbowl Sunday is here. Many Americans have been waiting with excitement to see "The Big Game of The Year." Me? Not so much. Instead of watching the game, I met up with fellow SparkFriend, HIKERBECKY, and tried out a trail new to me, the Quartzite Trail in the Phoenix Mountain Preserves.
Today was gorgeous weather. Low 60s (F), overcast and threatening rain. However, the trail was dry and it hadn't started to rain, so off we went! Here we are near the beginning, me on the left and HIKERBECKY on the right.
The trail had over 400 feet of altitude gain. May not sound like a lot, yet that occurred over just 1.25 miles... Here's a rather steep bit we navigated. Tell you, I felt that burn in my hamstrings!
Seeing a pretty site (the rocks in the foreground) gave me a great excuse for a short breather after that steep incline, so Becky kindly followed my instructions to pose near them.
Though the trail went further, with two choices, it was sprinkling a bit, so we decided to call it done at this "rest stop."
Here's me, "Mountain Pose" on the Mountain:
We enjoyed our break, snacking & catching up on our hydration. Becky snapped this with the telephoto on, overlooking our city, Phoenix. Those spiky things in the front are my favorite desert plant: the Ocotillo.
Here's the same view, without the telephoto:
Near the end of the hike, here I am all happy and full of great endorphins. It was a lovely, short workout hike of only 75 minutes. I'd have liked to hike longer, though I admit it was auspicious we stopped when we did to turn back. Shortly after we arrived at our cars, the rain decided it was time to pick up speed!
And here are the two of us in front of a giant quartzite rock -- the rock for which the trail is named!
What a lovely way to spend Superbowl Sunday!