Arizona Trail

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?


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.

Blurry mica on my sweaty little paw.

The trail entered pastureland where I’m camping tonight.


By Krista/Bane

Thru-hiker, LASHer and packrafter from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Enjoys walking slowly, seeking out ice cream whenever possible, and just generally being uninspirational.

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