The Arizona Trail Day 8: Many Rabid Animals

Monday, March 25, 2013 – 22.5 km

The caretaker brought me coffee this morning. I usually drink coffee once or twice per year to accept someone’s hospitality or seem more grown-up to a cute guy who never calls me again, probably because of the weird faces I make while drinking the coffee. He and I talked for awhile and he showed me a book about rattlesnakes, also mentioning that rabid animals are common in this area. That’s… good to know…

The trail started out easy today, crossing a pass that was just a gentle rise.


I was enjoying the scenery, but soon after I passed into the AZT’s sixth segment, the temperature rose to awful heights and I started to feel unwell. I took a break and sipped water in the shade until I felt slightly better. When I started off again the trail began weaving in and out of canyons, and finding unexpected water higher up in one, I stopped to camp nearby for the night.

Practically a swimming pool in Arizona.

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