MNiC Feature SB Hike 2

The Super Bowl Hike 1


MNiC Feature SB Hike 2

Super Bowl Hike

Super Bowl Sunday was a weird one in Phoenix. Seattle brought a heavy fog I’ve never seen here before, and a drizzle. Boston brought traffic and a nice orange blanket of smog. As Lauren suggested, they were both probably due to the an atmospheric inversion–the fog and smog, not the traffic.

SB Lauren and I

 

We Don’t Share Well

We thought we’d take advantage of a rare opportunity to hike Piestewa Peak, on a weekend of low traffic. Lauren thought we should go in the morning to check out the fog. We ended up going in the evening, when I thought we might get some fun views of endless waves of ruby break lights in Glendale. Fog is cool, but I wanted to actually be able to see something if I was climbing a mountain. She may have been right, given that we couldn’t see anything later, either.

The Super Bowl is happening in that brown smudge just a bit right of center.

The Super Bowl is happening in that brown smudge just a bit right of center.

Normally, you can see the White Tank mountains fairly clearly, and the stadium is clearly visible. That day it was only discernible through the haze by the reflecting sun off its southern side.

The smog, fog, dust, and general haziness of the day did make for an oddly diffusely lit day and brilliant sunset. The trail was even emptier than we expected. We did, at least, get to watch the opening show flyby.

If you ever wondered what it would be like to visit a distant world with a bigger, brighter, sun . . .

If you ever wondered what it would be like to visit a distant world with a bigger, brighter, sun . . .

 

The sun really was odd, like I said, but we got to the top just as it was sinking low enough to put the North Mountain park (the largest urban park in the world) in relief.

 

 

 


About Connor Rickett

My name is Connor Rickett. I started out in the sciences, but left grad school to follow a dream of writing and traveling. Since then I have done a fair bit of both, visiting forty-five states and several provinces, and making a living (more or less) as a freelancer and ghostwriter. Feel free to swing by my business site, CitiesoftheMind.com


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