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 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 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 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 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”