Another crystal clear winter morning in the desert finds me at the trailhead. Today I will go the opposite direction from my previous hike in this area, starting at Broadway and connecting to the Cloudview trail. The sun is just about to peek over the mountain peaks.

The Saguaro’s give me comfort as I make my way along the rocky path. Depression temporarily leaves my mind, one of the main reasons I keep hiking. Cheaper than any therapists office, and undoubtedly more productive.

Five miles in and I rest, drink and take in my surroundings before turning around and heading back. I should be able to get home in time to enjoy some weekend football on the TV.

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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