Day 31: This is a Hard Trail, Ya’ll

April 2, 2021 Mile: 426.2 Lots of wind last night. Unsurprising, since we’re camped in a saddle. I set my alarm for 3:30am so we could hike out a little earlier than normal to beat the heat. We decided on Day One that we wouldn’t do any night hiking, but my headlamp should be brightContinue reading “Day 31: This is a Hard Trail, Ya’ll”

Day 27: Roosevelt Lake Marina

March 29, 2021 Mile: 345.3 Slept so well last night. Good thing, too. I needed it. I hope Ghosthiker slept the same if not better. I only woke up once to put more air in my mattress and then I didn’t wake up again until 5:00am. I actually had a dream that I got offContinue reading “Day 27: Roosevelt Lake Marina”

Day 23: MJ’s Place

March 25, 2021 Mile: 300.5 The moon was so bright last night, and I definitely woke up at least twice to the sound of someone rummaging through their food bag. Pretty sure it was Cameron, lol. That’s okay, because I definitely had to roll off my sleeping pad and blow it back up at someContinue reading “Day 23: MJ’s Place”

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 14: Cold and Wet

March 16, 2021 Mile: 167 We were camped below 4000’, so it wasn’t terribly cold during the night, but it got colder as the morning came on. The snow started coming down in sharp pellets shortly after we started hiking and didn’t let up for a couple of hours. The wind was biting and prettyContinue reading “Day 14: Cold and Wet”

Day 13: From Sand to Snow

March 15, 2021 Mile 148.9 So. Bloody. Cold! Our campsite is at roughly 5200’ elevation and near a stream, so…yeah, it’s cold.  Crawling out of my tent to get my food bag out of the bear box was a serious chore. I slept like the dead and woke up so stiff, having hot coffee in theContinue reading “Day 13: From Sand to Snow”