Wicked Hive

Gold Canyon, Arizona

We went for a great hike the other day in Usery Mountain Regional Park.

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It’s a short hike at almost four miles round trip, and it’s got a decent vertical climb of almost a thousand feet.

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Rich and Wally hiked it on a Tuesday and there were very few people. Way different population count on a Saturday. I’m guessing we passed at least otwo hundred people.

The scenery is beautiful from both the bottom

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and the top of the hike.

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There’s an amazing ‘something’ above the Wind Cave.

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Turns out it’s an active beehive.

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Wicked! It looks like some alien’s brain from Star Trek.

The actual Wind Cave was okay but not as impressive to me as the beehive. I think most people hike to the cave, rest a bit in the shade, and then hike down. One hiker/runner passed us several times as he did the trail three times in succession. Impressive!

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There is a municipal shooting range under the PHOENIX sign where dozens of shooters serenaded hikers with volumes of rounds sounding like fireworks.

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As we came down the trail, we passed some of Santa’s elves…

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Guess they were taking a break from making toys.