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24 December 2011

Hiking: Lake Pleasant, Pipeline Canyon Trail

Today Cierra and I went on a Christmas Eve Day hike. The docent-led hike at Lake Pleasant's Pipeline Canyon Trail was titled "The Desert In Winter Hike". It was a good day for Cierra to show off her love of hiking and her good manners to about 15 people.
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The trail is two miles one way, an out and back hike. A small group of us took a side tour to Cottonwood Wash, making the total hike 4.43 miles.

The beginning of the hike.

Our docent, Frank.

Looking up the hillside at lichen.

Frank, talking to the group about the cactus in the area.

I've been hiking solo so much of the time that it was interesting to see strangers share their stories and click with random things they have in common.

Around the bend we ascend to the floating bridge and views of Lake Pleasant. There's no water under the floating bridge this time of year, it's sitting on the ground.

A type of cholla, I had to cringe when Frank pulled a sticker off of it to show everyone how sharp they are. Cholla may be beautiful to look at, but they are my least favorite cactus.

This is Cierra's innocent "Oh, hi!" face.

Views from the trail.

Our docent, Frank, talking to fellow hikers.

Happy hikers. It was a beautiful day.

Stopping to listen and learn.

Indian Mesa.

Cierra getting some love.

It's Santa Claus! Cierra, tell Santa a few of the items from my wish list!

Views from the trail.

My pretty girl.

Cierra modeling next to a tree that is likely hundreds of years old.

After the hike, a few of us stayed with Frank to explore Cottonwood Wash and its riparian area.

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