Yeah! I have finally returned to my favorite trails in the McDowell Mountains above Scottsdale – the Calvary Hill Arizona.
This is a 6-mile hike with an elevation difference of 1,600 feet that emulates the Calvary Hill in Jerusalem, including the 14 stations of the cross. The summit is at the exact same elevation – 2,500 feet. All this was revealed to me by Master Yeshua at Easter 2013 during my 2013 Desert Quest (check out my 2013 Desert Quest (PDF) and Calvary Hill Arizona-Sept 2013). Here’s also a map of my that trail.
When I reached the summit, I played two tunes on my flute for the Mountain Spirits and the Santa Tierras (land fairies): Amazing Grace and El Condor Pasa. Here are my earlier recordings of these famous tunes:
Amazing Grace by ALTZAR – Calvary Hill Arizona – https://youtu.be/EnnefkWXsVk
El Condor Pasa in Boynton Canyon, Sedona, Arizona – https://youtu.be/CdY0MpWBzDY
And then I sent my love to the Santa Tierras at the Rainbow Shower who I know have been missing my music and attention.
So what took me so long to return? (I have been in Arizona over a month now).
Well, during my last days of working at the Rainbow Shower in Maui, I sustained an injury to my right knee tendons that hampered my walking. And the only thing you can do with tendon injuries is give them time to heal. So instead of hiking, during the last month I have been swimming laps every morning, gong on bike rides 2-3 times a week, and taking short walks around our neighborhood.
So today was the first serious “road test” for me knee. And knock on wood, I am still walking on it. 🙂
The temperature was in the mid 80s and the vistas beautiful. So I brought some home with me so I can share them also with you all.
On my way down, I also stopped and prayed at this beautiful Pachamama rock that resembles a Native American shaman with a buffalo spirit inside. I discovered it originally in 2008, just under the Calvary Hill summit.
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UPDATE NOV 11, 2016
VETERANS/REMEMBRANCE DAY HIKE TO PINNACLE PEAK, AND MORE…
How was your Veterans Day? (Remembrance Day in Europe and elsewhere – the end of World War I in 1918).
Mine started in dreamtime during the night. I had a dream in which people wearing a camouflage hat I have had for years (at least 8, maybe 10). In my dream, the hat symbolized a “peaceful warrior.” It was part of the outfit members of the new Trump Army wore. The hat features a stylized star with a diamond inset, symbolizing the sun.
You can see here at sunset this evening, along with a view of the American flags at my Eagle’s Nest home in Scottsdale.
HALF PRICE FOR VETERANS
Earlier in the day, I drove in my El Jeepo to Cave Creek to try to buy some cheap household items I need now that Elizabeth has moved all of her kitchen stuff out. The lady at the counter of the Kiwanis second hand store looked at me and asked, “are you military?” I was wearing my “peaceful warrior hat and an American flag scarf around my neck.
“No,” I replied smiling.
“Not in this lifetime,” I whispered to myself. I was pretty much finished with my warrior lifetimes by the start of 19th century. But that’s not something I would want to share at the checkout counter of a second hand store in Cave Creek, Arizona.
“Not unless you count working for 10 years as a war correspondent?” I wanted to say. But I didn’t. The items I was buying were cheap enough as it is.
“Just out of curiosity,” I said, “why did you ask me if I was military. Are you offering some special discounts to veterans on this day?”
“Yes, 50% off,” the lady replied.
“That’s great,” I said. “It’s a nice special tribute to our military.” An older man behind me was also smiling approvingly.
PINNACLE PEAK HIKE
By the time I got back home, I already had my own special tribute planned out. I was going to hike the Pinnacle Peak for the first time since coming back to Arizona a month and a half ago. And to do that, I was going to take my El Jeepo to the trailhead for the first time.
The hike itself was easy and uneventful. I have done it a number of times before in various temperatures ranging from freezing to 110F. Most people I had met smiled at me and said something nice. As I did to them.
Along the way, I also said my prayers. Including the pledge that I dedicate this hike to all the veterans around the world who fought in all noble causes and were willing to sacrifice their lives for them.
Here are some picture I brought back from the trail:
EL JEEPO: NOW A “TOURIST ATTRACTION” IN ARIZONA
When I got back down to the parking lot where I had left El Jeepo before starting my hike, I saw a young man sort of hovering around it. He was snapping pictures of El Jeepo with his camera.
“Isn’t this a cool car?” he said when he noticed me watching him.
“Glad you think so,” I said. “It’s mine.”
“Would mind now taking a picture of me, too, with my Jeep?”
And so he did.
“I call it El Jeepo,” I explained.
The man cracked up. “That is so cool,” he said, laughing out loud.
It turns out he was the owner of that red motorcycle you can see in the above picture to the left of the two Saguaros.
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
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UPDATE NOV 19, 2016
RETURN TO TOM’S THUMB
One reason this 4,000-ft peak on the McDowell Mountains above Scottsdale is called Tom’s Thumb is – you guessed it – it sticks out like a sore thumb over this mountain skyline. 🙂 Take a look.
I don’t know why, but today I felt compelled to go back to this trail. Maybe it’s because they are calling for a rare rain here in the Arizona desert tomorrow and the next few days.
Anyway, Tom’s Thumb is the hardest of all the hikes in my North Scottsdale neighborhood. The trail itself is actually quite nice, fine gravel, almost sand in places. – by contrast to the Calvary Hill Arizona trail, for example, which is very rough, big rocks and stones everywhere.
But is is quite steep. Which means, your heart and lungs work overtime on the way up, and your feet, thighs and joints on the way down. Often slipping and sliding. Ergo, my baseball shoes with cleats.
My baseball shoes with cleats and bright orange socks attracted a lot of attention on the trail, “like traffic signs,” I used to joke when people would comment about them. 🙂
It was a beautiful afternoon and a great hike with wonderful panoramic views, especially to the north and to the east. Take a look…