Day 39: Cow Water is the Best!

April 10, 2021 523.5 I woke up around 4:00am having to pee something awful, which was doubly-terrible because it was absolutely freezing outside. Ugh! Back in my tent, I had some trouble getting my water heated for coffee. Because it was so cold, the steam made it look like the water was near boiling, butContinue reading “Day 39: Cow Water is the Best!”

Day 37: A Very Good Day

April 8, 2021 492.2 I slept really well last night. Rather than assume I’d be warm enough, I put on my thermal leggings and fleece and cinched the toe box on my quilt, then left my vestibule door half open to help with any possible condensation since we’re camped kind of low and right nextContinue reading “Day 37: A Very Good Day”

Day 35: …or Two…

April 6, 2021 Zero The new air mattress I ordered on Amazon still hasn’t arrived at the Post Office, which is not good. Fortunately, Ghosthiker and I decided early on yesterday that, seeing as how we’ve passed the halfway point of this hike and the last stretch was so long and draining, it was highContinue reading “Day 35: …or Two…”

Day 34: A Much Needed Zero Day

April 5, 2021 Zero I woke up fairly early from unsettling dreams and couldn’t get back to sleep. We walked across town to the Early Bird Café for breakfast. The portions were huge and everything was delicious, and hikers both strange and familiar came trickling in during our time there. The Trio arrived shortly afterContinue reading “Day 34: A Much Needed Zero Day”

Day 25: Of Snakes and Dark Humor

March 27, 2021 Mile 316.5 I didn’t sleep as well as I hoped I would with the brownie and alcohol (did I mention we were also drinking a lot of beer yesterday? RIP). I slept on the top bunk in the room with two sets of bunkbeds, but the room was kind of hot andContinue reading “Day 25: Of Snakes and Dark Humor”

Day 21: Kearney, AZ

March 23, 2021 Mile: 262.9 The moon was really bright last night but I still slept pretty well. Naturally, Ghosthiker and I were the first ones up and breaking camp, hiking out around 6:30am. Lots of great scenery this morning so I took several photos. It was a fair climb out of camp and weContinue reading “Day 21: Kearney, AZ”

Day 20: A Big Mile Day

March 22, 2021 Mile: 251.9 We left camp around 6:30am and covered 6.8 miles by 9:30am. Not terrible. We even found a water cache at Freeman Road, which was unexpected and totally awesome! We were afraid we might have to hitch into town to get water today. It’s a very long, dry stretch. The windContinue reading “Day 20: A Big Mile Day”

Day 19: Water Tanks & Jumping Cacti

March 21, 2021 Mile: 231 The coyotes howled all night long and from all around us, like they were circling us or something. I wasn’t really nervous but it definitely kept us both awake, which kind of sucked.  We reached 4199’ elevation by 9:00am and had some great 360 degree views, followed by lots ofContinue reading “Day 19: Water Tanks & Jumping Cacti”

Day 18: Oracle State Park

March 20, 2021 Mile: 212.9 Oh sweet, merciful Jesus. I don’t believe I’ve ever slept this well in my entire life. My hotel bed was so comfortable, like a nice, soft, broken-in bed you’d find at home. I definitely slept like the dead. I’m sure it helped that the last several nights I’d had almostContinue reading “Day 18: Oracle State Park”

Day 17: Cold, until it’s not.

March 19, 2021 Mile: 199.9 It was a rough night. Ghosthiker and I both got super congested sleeping on the carpeted floor of the post office lobby, but no creepy gigolos showed up in the night and neither Casey nor Ryan snored, plus it was super warm and cozy, so that was nice. I wokeContinue reading “Day 17: Cold, until it’s not.”