Day 22: The Devil’s Lettuce

March 24, 2021 Mile: 281.6 It rained all night long. We were so thankful for our hotel room, but felt kind of bad for our hiker friends who’d skipped town and were camping in the rain. I guess that’s what you sign up for, on a thru-hike. We’ve definitely done our fair-share of camping inContinue reading “Day 22: The Devil’s Lettuce”

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.”

Day 16: Mt. Lemmon

March 18, 2021 Mile: 184 Another long, cold night of little sleep, and woke up with more frost on the inside of my tent and on my quilt.  When I woke up yesterday, my right eye was a little swollen, so I decided not to take anything before bed last night or when I gotContinue reading “Day 16: Mt. Lemmon”

Day 15: Climbing Mt. Lemmon

March 17, 2021 Mile: 178.8 Did I mention it’s been cold? Yeah, last night was the coldest. There was literally frost all over the inside of my tent and on my quilt this morning. I wish I’d taken some pictures but it was just too cold. I think it was like 9 degrees where weContinue reading “Day 15: Climbing Mt. Lemmon”

Day 10: Cheesecake Time!

March 12, 2021 Mile: 0.0 Our room was so dry last night; even dryer than the desert, I think. At least dryer than the inside of my tent at night. My sinuses have been very plugged up on this hike and I’ve had to breathe through my mouth at night (gross). My mouth gets dry, sure, butContinue reading “Day 10: Cheesecake Time!”

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”