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There's a lot of awesome stuff covered here. Jacob Emerick is a web programmer with years of experience in scalable architecture and development of best practices. He also enjoys hiking the wilds of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This blog contains a mix of topics ranging between these two interests and more. read more

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Little Loop at Cave Creek

The boys heading down the desert trail

The weekend before Charlotte was scheduled to show up was a restless affair. Katie and I had spent months working our way through massive todo lists, checking and cleaning and buying and assembling and sorting, getting ready for the new baby and for my parents to visit and judge our rudimentary…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 25, 2017
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A Terrapin Exit

A good place to break for lunch

Eating lunch with a waterfall splashing a mere arm's distance away brought back fond memories of Michigan hiking. High cliffs overhead kept the sun off me, keeping the desert temperatures reasonable, and as long as I didn't let my foot dangle too far down the rock no needles poked at me. It was a…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 17, 2017
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Hidden Valley of the Superstitions

A fully woken morning on the Western Superstitions

Light quickly flooded into the western Superstitions, changing the rock formations from a dull red to bright yellow as the sky woke above. From my perch on the summit of Bluff Springs Mountain I watched the scene unfold as I shivered and ate a hasty breakfast. It was beautiful, mountains and…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 9, 2017
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Morning Ascent of Bluff Spring Mountain

Dark skies over Gold Canyon

There is a valley on top of Bluff Spring Mountain. It is a long valley, carved by a seasonal creek that starts near the peak, runs between towering ridges, and then pours down an impressive waterfall. The mountain and the valley are within a few miles of Peralta Trailhead yet are not directly…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 4, 2017
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A Girl Named Charlotte

One tired newborn girl

Our third child, Charlotte Emerick, was born early on February 13, 2017. She's our first daughter and the first granddaughter on either side of the family, which is evident by the amount of pink that has recently invaded our house. The pregnancy was easier for Katie this time around, with only a few…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted February 20, 2017
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Mazatzal Wilderness Dreaming

The idea of conquering the Mazatzal Wilderness has slowly taken over my daydreams and random internet browsing. And why shouldn't it? Hiking in Arizona has not been as free-ranging as my Michigan adventures, thanks to hostile terrain and less-than-amiable property owners, and exploring designated…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted February 13, 2017
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Three Sisters

Approaching Three Sisters

Legs singing in a cacophony of joy, I trotted down from the top of Superstition Mountain on a most welcome descent. This was the first downhill grade that I've been on for quite some time, plus the trail was wide and easy. Ahead of me the dark clouds drifted closer, threatening, yet all that…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted February 10, 2017
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Superstition Peak via Hieroglyphics

Making my way around Peak 5057

The gray clouds hung oppressively low overhead, muting the sunrise colors and darkening the usually-bright rock formations of Superstition Peak. I ignored the clouds and continued marching forward along Lost Goldmine Trail. Behind me, in my pack, my new phone chirped and an app I've been trying out,…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted February 7, 2017
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Turk's Head

Darkness over the Superstitions

Hard pellets of water smacked into my windshield and tumbled down onto the dry dirt tracks on Peralta Road. My foot quickly alternated between the gas and brake pedal, pushing the van forward as far as my headlights could see around the many bends and little rises and then slowing when the unknown…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted February 3, 2017
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Descent from Tortilla Peak

Last look back at the peak

Coming down the north side of Tortilla Peak was a hundred times easier than my climb up. A few simple hops over jagged rocks and then a long, clear chunk of bedrock sloped gently away. Man, this approach would have been a breeze. I looked back a few times at the peak, now bright under a rising…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 27, 2017
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