So I’m off the trail after 160 miles.
While I’m in Tucson, I picked up my amigos from our Covid-shortened 2020 AZT trip and returned them, headed northbound, to their stooping point last year – Molino Basin Campground
Me, El Tejano, and Mr. Bean
Then,yesterday, I returned Pete and Hannah to American Flag Ranch Road trailhead to resume their journey to the next trail town, Kearny, AZ
They were both looking strong after a day of rest in Tucson and Paula cooked a big breakfast to power them up!!
Took a few photos while hiking with them for a few miles.
Hot today! Over 90…
Today we met Nancy “Solo” Grayson
Nancy and Pete
She was at the trailhead in Oracle where I picked up Pete ( who has now completed 200 miles – one quarter of the trail).
Nancy is a full time trail Angel. She has done most of her angel work on the Continental Divide Trail, but is kindly helping out hikers on the AZT this spring
Notice the CDT sticker on the bumper
And the mirror
The van is Nancy’s retirement home and her retirement time is spent hiking and helping hikers.
She’s the first full time trail angel I have ever met and she is inspirational to Pete and me.
At the American Flag 🇺🇸 Trailhead in Oracle
The hiking community (hikers, trail overseers, trail maintenance workers, and angels like Nancy) make this a very special place. So lucky to be out here!!
Very limited cell phone service after leaving colossal cave kept me from uploading images, but I’ll get some stuff up now
Got this lightweight camera with a telephoto lens and video capability which I’m learning how to use. Here’s a few southwest birds to identify
? A western screech owl
The owl was living in a tree right above our tents and was vocalizing during the night.
We’re on a long stretch of gently rolling hills.
Drinking mainly out of cow tanks (filtered, of course)
Just a nice walking day
Just past the 80 mile mark on the 800 mile AZT.
Got up and over the Santa Rita mountain ski island
Colder than we expected but clear.
Paula came down from Tucson and met us in Patagonia. We cleaned up and did some laundry at our Hotel – the famous (sort of) Stage Stop Inn.
Issues now include foot blisters for me and Pete – so we loaded up on Bandaids. The water sources have been pretty shakey, and our water filter clogged, so we had to get an industrial strength filter for the next stretch. Envision a muddy puddle shared with the local cows 😱
All good though. Heading north shortly. Next trail town is Vail, Az near a park called Colossal Cave. We’ll be there in 5 days.
Will post whenever we have a signal.
Up in the Canelo Hills after descending from Miller Peak and the Huachuca mountain range ( our first “sky island”)
Strawberry Hedgehog cactus
First bloom – on an ocotillo
Rainbow hedgehog cactus
All for now.
Town of Patagonia tomorrow
Just arrived at the summit of Miller Peak – over 9000 feet – one of the highest points on the trail.
A bit of snow up here.
Saw some caves or mine shafts on the way
They had a large controlled burn in the valley that put out a lot of smoke
View as we climbed
All for now…