Day 12: Slow Mornings

March 14, 2021 Mile 135.3 at Grassy Shack Campground Pi Day! Kind of sad I don’t have any pie to celebrate with. I guess I should have thought of that while I was in town. 😞 We had a slow rise this morning. Woke up around 4:30am whether I wanted to or not, and it wasContinue reading “Day 12: Slow Mornings”

Day 11: When the Cacti Bite

March 13, 2021 Mile: 122.8 Ghosthiker and I both had packages of things we wanted to mail home – extra things we realized pretty quickly we didn’t need on this trail. However, we had to wait around in the hotel until about 9:30am because the Vail PO doesn’t open until 10:00am on Saturdays, so weContinue reading “Day 11: When the Cacti Bite”

Day 9: Getting to Vail, AZ

March 11, 2021 Mile: 112.6 Last night a couple of people drove their truck into the stock pond shortly after we arrived. We’re pretty sure they were drunk because they were being kind of raucous and actually playing in the pond! Yuck!! Well, I guess if they don’t die at least their immunity will be offContinue reading “Day 9: Getting to Vail, AZ”

Day 8: Sometimes Guthooks is Wrong

March 10, 2021 Mile: 89.2 Turns out we had nothing to worry about. The wind died completely around 8:00pm and we had another still, silent night. I find it hard to sleep in absolute silence, but I took a Benadryl and had gotten so little sleep the night before that I slept pretty well despiteContinue reading “Day 8: Sometimes Guthooks is Wrong”

Day 7: Kentucky Camp

March 9, 2021 Mile: 79.3 Another cold night. Makes me extremely glad I decided to bring my 0-degree quilt on this hike. While compiling my gear prior to departure, I remembered how freezing I always was during that first week or two on the PCT in the desert, and I didn’t want to end upContinue reading “Day 7: Kentucky Camp”

Day 6: 10 Good Miles

March 8, 2021 Mile: 61.7 Woke up around 6am and laid in bed for a while so as not to wake Ghosthiker. When it got light enough to see, I looked over at the other bed and realized my hiking partner wasn’t even there! She’d snuck out while I was still asleep, and I’d justContinue reading “Day 6: 10 Good Miles”

Day 5: Patagonia, AZ

March 7, 2021 Mile: 51.1 Once again, I didn’t sleep well last night. Ugh, and I went to bed so freaking exhausted! I’m pretty sure the pain in my knee is keeping me awake. Plus, it was a weird night. I started out cold and happily snuggled in my quilt, then I woke up sweating,Continue reading “Day 5: Patagonia, AZ”

Day 4: The Joy of Hiking

March 6, 2021 Miles: 42.2 I woke up around 3:00am this morning. It was way too early to be getting up so I just laid there trying to doze for another hour or so. It didn’t really work, so I eventually gave up. I let the air out of my Thermarest slowly to avoid wakingContinue reading “Day 4: The Joy of Hiking”

Day 2: First Day on Trail – WOOT!

March 4, 2021 Mile: 13.2 Alright, fam. It’s real now. The out and back to the monument was fun and all but getting started north on the AZT this morning was seriously exciting for me. Once again, I was feeling so many things and was so wrapped up in it all that I took almostContinue reading “Day 2: First Day on Trail – WOOT!”

Day 1: It Begins

March 3, 2021 Miles: 1.7 I’m baaaaaaaaaack!! Well, it’s been a spell, yeah? Lot of things happening in the world, amirite? Pandemics, riots, fires literally everywhere! I mean, jeez. It’s been a fun couple of years, right? Right? Anyway, sometime later in the summer of 2020, when I was just fed up with everything andContinue reading “Day 1: It Begins”