The Arizona Trail Day 60: Can a Cannibal Be Likeable?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

And lo, the flow of bikers ended, leaving me alone again. The AZT descended through the forest from the Little Spring trail junction, joining a dirt road with good views of Humphreys Peak.

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An open area reminded me of the Canelo Hills, except more spread out with long stretches of flat land between the rises.

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I made camp in the most sheltered spot I could find. While I was unpacking, I saw a stink beetle approaching my gear.

Stink beetles gross me out. They didn’t at first, but a week or two ago I saw one doing what looked like feeding on the guts of a fellow stink beetle, and I question whether you can really like a creature after you’ve seen it engage in cannibalism. I kicked this one away with my boot and thought it was gone, but when I looked down a short while later, a stink beetle was lying prone on its back where I had been stepping. I guess I stepped on it? I couldn’t tell whether it was dead – it was lying there in perfect form like a plastic bug you would buy for Halloween. That made it creepier, so I placed a rock on it. Out of sight, out of mind…

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