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Jim Thompson Trail Day Hike
Sedona
April 14, 2018
by Ted Tenny
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group
Scenery is good at the trailhead. [photo by Bill]
front:  Bill, Mimi, Marilyn, Zen, Wendy, Susan, Steve
back: Joe, John S, Ted, Roger, Daniel, Darrell, Billie, Gretchen, Dottie, Nicole, Fred, John R

Many thanks to Bill Zimmermann for serving as deputy leader of the longer hike!

The Jim Thompson Trailhead, where I’ve hiked a number of times, is named after a local pioneer. Jim Thompson, 1841-1917, was born in Ireland. He came to the United States and eventually to Arizona, where he married Maggie James in 1880 and lived at his Indian Gardens Ranch in Oak Creek Canyon.

On today’s hike we really lucked out weather-wise: cool and clear, with a pleasant breeze.

After appointing Bill as deputy leader I suggested that he should lead and I should sweep. Then I faithfully kept the sweep position for the outward portion of the hike, talking with John and with Bill occasionally on my 2-way radio. After the others got out of sight I quit trying to catch up and stopped to take pictures of the scenery.

After a while Steve joined me on the trail. We talked mostly about photography. Then Gretchen joined us, going back toward the trailhead. Steve kept going toward Wilson Canyon while Gretchen and I walked back. We talked about lichens and other topics.

What a great day for hiking!

Ted   

rock
Coffeepot Rock stares intently at a tree.
rocks
Light and dark rocks in a dry streambed.
rock
Rat tat tat, Red Baron!
white
The flowers that bloom in the spring, Tra La ...
rock
Oof!  Will someone help me get the rest of the way up?
trail
The trail provides views of famous rock formations
rock
Sure looks like a tugboat to me.
pears
Prickly Pears grow out of the rocks.
rock
The old roundhouse.

Supplemental Report
by Bill Zimmermann
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Thirteen hikers made it to “TXL” were we had a food break. I suggested all hike at their own pace for a half hour up the canyon then turn around. Seven made it to “E”. Fred and I scrambled up past that to check out.

Eight hikers stopped in Cottonwood for lunch.

Bill   

group
Seven of us made it to the end of the Wilson Canyon Trail. [photo by Bill]
tree tree
Here’s reaching out to you. [photos by Wendy]
hikers
Trailblazers crossing a wash. [photo by John R.]
hikers
Hmmm, this looks interesting. [photo by Wendy]
rock
Many spectacular rock formations are along the trail. [photo by Wendy]
Sedona
Meanwhile, back in Sedona ... [photo by Wendy]
hikers
Trailblazers on the march. [photo by Wendy]
bridge
Midgley Bridge. [photo by Wendy]
bridge
Midgley Bridge. [photo by John R.]
Wilson
Wilson Mountain looms before us. [photo by Wendy]
junction
Trail junction. [photo by Wendy]
hikers
“We’re going that-a-way,” Bill advises. [photo by Wendy]
rocks
What’s this?  Hobnobbing with boulders?  [photo by Wendy]
lunch
Lunch in Cottonwood. [photo by Wendy]
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updated April 15, 2018