August 22nd, 2016 ~ Day 150
Another beautiful sunrise over the mountains this morning. Parking off Central south of Thunderbird, Eric and I hiked Shaw Butte Trail 306. Arriving just before six, it seemed this morning was much cooler.
The trail starts out going uphill immediately. Even with the cooler temperatures, the workout can get you sweating quickly.
I had a little more time today, so we planned to do the whole loop. I wanted to take pictures of the old restaurant Cloud 9, which is on the backside of the mountain.
From what I’ve read Cloud 9, was originally a home that was turned into a restaurant and had burned down in the late 60’s. They never bothered to restore the building after the fire.
What you see in the pictures are all that remains. I thought 9 had been here before, but everything I saw today seemed so foreign to me. I don’t remember the stairs or the ledge facing the city. It was really interesting to see a little piece of history.
From Cloud 9 we headed down the backside of the mountain. I’m not sure I’d is from the storms, but the trail was very rocky. Slipping and sliding, my knees were killing me going down.
Towards the end of our hike, we got the pleasure of seeing a horse on the trail. It’s nice to have little surprises while hiking. Makes each hike an adventure.
I can’t believe it’s been 150 days and far I’ve come. Awonderful journey in this amazing life! Our hike totaled 3.8 miles. A great way to start the day!