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This page is meant for folks to post their thoughts on the Saturday group run. I (Neil) will post a blurb about who showed up and where it was held. From there, I hope that other runners will share their thoughts since we often have different experiences on the same run. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Arizona Trail - Picture Canyon

Arriving at the Sandy Seep Traihead, the 13 runners made a group decision to head south into unchartered trail country for all, the Picture Canyon Arizona Trail segment. As we headed out, our dilemma became the first trail junction sign...which way did we really need to go? Choosing the correct direction, we ran downhill through the dark culvert under Highway 89. We wondered if we might step on some tansient trying to stay warm, but we made it through the tunnel without incident. Once south of 89, the seemingly gentle terrain was easy to run. Why, because it was virtually all DOWNHILL, which meant only one thing...what goes down, must go up....ahhh...Before turning around we enjoyed the 1000 year old petroglyphs along the Rio De Flag. Thanks to the efforts of many local groups, this section of the Rio De Flag has been cleaned up and the large archaeological site along the canyon has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. We crossed the Rio De Flag with all the dogs enjoying a swim in the creek. We unfortunately had to turn around at some point and face the uphill climb in the soft cinders, working at least twice as hard as heading out. This is certainly a run we will incorporate regularly. We then returned to the Seasoned Kitchen for some of Tony's chocolate chip muffins and lates! Download photos from today's run.