The Arizona Trail Day 77: Civilization Is in the Other Direction

Sunday, June 02, 2013 The cicadas were noisy in the morning. I collected a few exoskeletons for my niece and started off. The temperature increased rapidly. I had plenty of water but was rationing it because I didn't know how long I would have to wait for Pops C at Stateline Campground. At the Buckskin …

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The Arizona Trail Day 76: Emergence

Saturday, June 01, 2013 Jacob Lake Inn has a reputation for making great cookies, so I bought some before I left today. They were underbaked. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo! I was so disappointed (I still ate them all). I'm giving the 'best cookies along the AZT' title to Summerhaven, since Summerhaven and Pine both had great-tasting cookies, but …

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The Arizona Trail Day 74: Screaming Children

Thursday, May 30, 2013 The AZT was entirely in forest today. At Telephone Hill, a short, steep climb ended in a major burn area with shrubbery and dandelions scattered around trees like black sticks. The wind sounded like children screaming. Freak me out, will you? I sat down, ate loads of chocolate and then automatoned …

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The Arizona Trail Day 71: I Could Leave Today or I Could Never Leave

Monday, May 27, 2013 When I went to the lodge this morning for breakfast, a family invited me to eat with them. Some of their relatives were attempting a rim-to-rim across the canyon, hiking the entire distance in one push. Previously I had thought that was something people did if they couldn't get a permit …

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The Arizona Trail Day 64: E Pluribus Unum

Monday, May 20, 2013 Helicopters were flying overhead all day, presumably carrying tourists wanting to view the Grand Canyon from above. They always seemed to appear when I was peeing, and I was paranoid that the occupants could see me. Then the pilots would have a discussion at the end of the day, like 'Did …

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The Arizona Trail Day 61: Stink Beetle Killer

Friday, May 17, 2013 AZ! Y U SO WINDY? A strong wind has been blowing almost every day for the past few weeks, and today it was especially nasty. During a brief period of calm I started off along the trail, then the torrent began in force and never went away. https://www.flickr.com/photos/186593395@N08/49446495076/in/dateposted-public/ I walked five …

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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. https://www.flickr.com/photos/186593395@N08/49446459536/in/dateposted-public/ An open area reminded me of the Canelo Hills, except more spread out with long stretches of …

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The Arizona Trail Day 58: Ambiguous Forested Area

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 I left Flagstaff this afternoon under grey skies spitting rain. The AZT heads north through the city to Buffalo Park, passing a tribute sign to Dale Shewalter (founder of the Arizona trail) before the Oldham Trail junction. In my logbook entry, I wrote 'I don't know' under the date column, because …

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The Arizona Trail Day 57: Cat Lady Future

Monday, May 13, 2013 Being in Flagstaff felt odd after walking through so many small towns. Hey, these bus-things are transporting me places for a minimal fee. Neat. I took a photo of two huge grocery stores right next to each other... then later deleted it in acknowledgement of the fact that such pictures are …

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The Arizona Trail Day 55: Flies Coming out of the Woodwork

Saturday, May 11, 2013 I continued along the mesa in the morning. Nice views of Upper Lake Mary. https://www.flickr.com/photos/186593395@N08/49446332876/in/dateposted-public/ The trail passed a wetland that hikers are asked not to camp by, and a cool observatory, and Marshall Lake. I saw a pile of tape, then a hose, then burn areas that looked fresh. Marshall …

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The Arizona Trail Day 54: Variation

Friday, May 10, 2013 I felt better after yesterday's conversation with Larry, and ready to tackle the forest again after retrieving my package from the post office. Why did I choose to resupply so soon before Flagstaff? Well, um, I estimated the distance between Mormon Lake Village and Flagstaff based on the map... and estimated …

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