The Arizona Trail Day 72: Backpacker Ken Doll

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – 19.6 km

Pops C suggested that we walk the last few days of the AZT together and hitchhike out to Lake Powell, where one of his in-laws could drive us to Flagstaff. The AZT ends at the Stateline Campground in the middle of nowhere and I had no plan about how to get out of said middle of nowhere, so I was initially in favour. Upon consideration though, I wanted to finish the trail alone like I had hiked the rest of it, and didn’t want an exit plan to impact my hike itself. We made a tentative agreement to meet at the Stateline CG, then I left the North Rim.

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The trail was mostly on road through forest today. A few days ago I met a group of people who told me that an AZT section hiker was heading SOBO to the canyon from… either the border or Jacob Lake, I can’t remember. They described him as ‘high-tech’. Since normally you would describe someone via their height, hair colour, etc., I found that odd, but I ran into the hiker just after noon today, and yeah, he did look high-tech! And shiny, like he had just gotten on the trail. It was like meeting a backpacker Ken doll. He said hello but didn’t seem to want to talk, which was understandable due to his proximity to the rim and the fact that it was starting to rain.

The rain continued all afternoon. Mostly it was just drizzle, but there was hard rain for about an hour and five minutes of hail. The pellets were too small to hurt, and I turned my umbrella upside down to capture some for a picture that didn’t turn out. Around 6:30 PM the rain ended and I made camp. Three deer were hanging around, engaging in behaviour that they seemed to find very entertaining and I found very creepy. They would sneak up on me from one direction, then make a huffing sound when I spotted them and bound away to pop up somewhere else. Are they garbage deer (deer that chew on your stuff)…?

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