Arizona Trail Passages 16 and 15
After hearing that the water would be tough for the next passage from the other section hiker, I was really nervous. Why were we doing these passages when we'd planned to skip them due to what I'd read- the lack of water, the lower elevations. Why hadn't I done more research like I had for other passages, like the first few where Farwalker had shown me all the water. Sure there was a wildflower extravaganza here, but I was apprehensive about the water from Kelvin to Oracle. Our water reports that we had printed out were recent but the last updates were from months ago--why others didn't update the water reports was a mystery.
|Sometimes it's not easy to see clearly when you are heading into the sun.|
Incredibly, we got a flurry of intel about water. Sirena and Emmett got back to us immediately. What a relief! We were going to make it and we could make a plan now.
The descent to the Kelvin Bridge was lined with poppies and lupines- hillsides covered in a golden glow. Ahhh!
|Poppies line the trail!|
|Hillsides of poppies and lupine!|
|Old Time Pizza delivered ice cream, lemonade, and pizza to the trail.|
At the end of the day, I climbed once again into my hammock and sunk into the softness of my quilts. My body relaxed and I gazed into the sky and watched the stars and full moon as crickets sang. And felt grateful for the pizza and for helpful people just a text away. I felt grateful for Jan because we keep each other laughing. I was happy to have strong legs to carry me along this challenging, wonderous path. I fell fast asleep.
|At home in my hammock.|