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Morning Hike in the Santa Ritas.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Yesterday, I enjoyed a morning in the great outdoors with the hiking club. This route in the Santa Rita’s was just under 4 miles and was rated moderate with 700 ft. elevation gain on a rocky dirt road. We had 10 people on the hike which is the maximum allowed due to Covid. I have enjoyed the smaller group which gives you more opportunity to get to know people.

I feel so fortunate to be in a community with an organized hiking club. We meet every Thursday morning and usually there are about 10 or more hikes of various difficulties to choose from. Each hike has a leader and a "sweep" who brings up the rear and makes sure everyone is accounted for. The sweep also carries first aid in case of an emergency or injury. With several hundred active members, I usually try to arrive about an hour in advance to make sure I am able to take the hike I want as it is first come first serve and groups are now limited to just 8-10 people (down from 25).

Next week, there are 3 different hikes I'm considering... decisions decisions! lol

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