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Phoenix - Day Two (b)

After my wonderful journey around a marvelous desert botanic garden I went off looking for a rock feature called the Hole-in-the-Wall. What I didn't realize is that the entrance to the main park and the drive to the conveniently located parking lot was in back of the botanic garden. I passed it on the way to the turn off to the garden. Unfortunately there was no mention of the rock formation on the sign so I ended up just a little off course. Well, maybe more than just a little. After driving back and forth a couple of times I settled on a small parking area along the side of the road and proceeded up over what I later learned was Big Butte. There was no sign saying what it was called but the first thing I saw was a small amphitheater constructed in the hill so I thought I'd found the right place.
I decided to climb up and look for the hole. I did find a lot of shallow caves/holes but nothing that went all the way through.
When I got to the top I had this marvelous view. The butte that could be seen was not the one I was looking for, nether was the one I was standing atop of. The Hole-in-the-Wall was off to the left side out of the picture and probably about a mile away.
I still had time to wander and I was determined to find this hole so down and off I went. There were three rock formations across from Big Butte and I just had to guess which one to head toward. Another hiker had mentioned that there were palm trees near it so that rules out at least one location. It was a nice long hike over some pretty barren looking landscape but at least I could keep the summits in view and the back view was cool, too. To see how high I climbed.
The Hole-in-the Wall turned out to be a much easier climb after Big Butte. It had nice neat carved steps and a short climb to reach the hole. The view was pretty nice, too. I got someone to take my picture to document that I was actually there.
Then I needed to make the trek back and decided to go back over Big Butte instead of walking around the base. I figured I made it over once I could do it one more time. It was an amazing climb! I discovered two important things that day. One, that I'm in much better shape than I was a few years ago and that heights were not as much a problem as they used to be.
My last views on the way down the front side of Big Butte was that same amphitheater and a curious rock formation across the road. Looks like a big cat snaring to me.



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Jan. 17th, 2017 07:14 pm (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2017 08:56 pm (UTC)
Really awesome!

I like the snarling cat rock. :D
I wonder how long it has been snarling like that...
Jan. 17th, 2017 10:37 pm (UTC)
Probably a long, long time. It's like a fierce sentinel guarding the valley below.
Jan. 17th, 2017 09:52 pm (UTC)
Amazing photos and well done you on that climb!
Jan. 17th, 2017 10:31 pm (UTC)
That is definitely a big plus to this getting in shape and losing weight.
Jan. 18th, 2017 07:12 pm (UTC)
That was quite the hike! Love the pictures hun.

I think that rock looks like a Guinea Pig... ;)

Jan. 18th, 2017 10:10 pm (UTC)
*tilts head* You know...it could be. I see the flatten ears and all.
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