The Arizona Trail Day 14: But Fool Me 50 Times

Sunday, March 31, 2013 – 16.1 km

Happy Easter! I was woken this morning by Pops C’s packing up as he left at a freakishly early hour that I prefer to not even think about. The two weekend backpackers were more on par with my schedule. When I dragged myself out of my tent and started making breakfast, one of them came over to give me Easter chocolate. Aw thanks! But I saved part for the trail and it melted in my pocket. Aw shucks.

The Rincons are beautiful – beautiful trees, beautiful shade, the scent of pine. I couldn’t resist lingering and didn’t leave the campsite until 10:00 AM. On my way out, I saw an unfamiliar blond-haired woman with no pack. A stealth camper maybe?

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Today’s hike was a long slog down to make up for yesterday’s long slog up. The soil was filled with mica and sparkling like snow. Yesterday I thought that I had found a large piece, but it was just a fragment of a food wrapper. Then slightly further along the trail I found another food wrapper. But fool me THREE times… I did find some actual large pieces of mica today, and beautiful rose quartz as well. Yeah, I’m admiring rocks, got a problem with that? The best time for admiring rocks is on steep uphills or steep downhills, you know.

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Blurry mica on my sweaty little paw.

The trail entered pastureland where I’m camping tonight.

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