SlowJoe texted me last month to let me know that he'd be in town this weekend because his new bride's parents are renting a place in Apache Junction for the winter. I was sick for the last half of last week, and wasn't able to run. Joe sent me a text apologizing that he wasn't able to touch base with me earlier while they were there, but I told him it was ok because I was sick anyway. So we planned on doing a run/hike this morning in the Superstition Mountains. Then I realized I had a client coming over at 10am. We planned on meeting at 7:30am. It was a 30 minute drive. So to be home and ready for my client at 10am, I would have to turn around somewhere near 8:15am.
I decided to get there early, and left shortly after 6:30am. I texted Joe to let him know, hoping maybe he'd come early, too, so that I could have a little extra time out on the trail. But he texted back saying he was still on target for 7:30am. He had sent me a link for directions to get there, but they ended up being directions to a gated community. So, he ended up getting to the trailhead before I did after sending me a pin of his location. I was only about 5 minutes away.
They were kind enough to wait while I took a few minutes to stretch. I'm not much of a hiker, but I was feeling much better and was anxious to join them. We started out hiking for most of the way. We passed this sweet old lady which was Julie's (Joe's new bride) mother. We kept hiking and we could see Julie's father up the trail, but we couldn't catch him. It wasn't until we started running the flats and the downhills that we caught him. He's in pretty good shape.
We made our way up to the ancient hieroglyphics. 1950's we're guessing.
There's a small pond there with a trickle of a waterfall. I always wonder where the water comes from any time I see a stream. Especially in a dry desert. It was at this poin that we kept going up and got off the trail. We bushwacked it for a little while until Joe got us back on the trail.
We probably went another half to three quarters of a mile and it was getting a little late, so I told them I'd need to turn back around. We snapped a selfie and some more pictures and hugged goodbye. Even though I was a sweaty mess.