Arizona Trail Passage 10
Another early morning hiking while the sun rises. Blue flowers line the trail, contrasting with golden grass and dark green junipers. Tall peaks of Saguaro National Park rise in the distance, our future.
|Gentle tread makes for easy hiking through fields of blue flowers.|
|Shades of purple and blue.|
|Jan heading towards the mountains.|
|Another new flower.|
Also met Jules today, who was hiking solo after her buddy got injured. She's super sweet and wished we could have talked more.
All the northbounders have had no trouble with water and say the 1's are all flowing. (Water sources are all given ratings for reliability, with 4 being most reliable and 1 being least). We tell them about the cache boxes and how to climb the ladders for the stock tanks in passages 14 and 15. Jan and I started in the worst sections for water, and looks like it's going to be much easier from now on at least for water.
Felt good to hike pain-free in the altra trail runners. Though I did switch back to the keens for a few hours in the afternoon to avoid potential problems for transitioning back too quickly.
Saguaro National Park requires permits to camp in their designated sites. Since we only have a campsite reservation for tomorrow about 9 miles into the Park (at Grass Shack), we had a logistical problem this evening. We decided to camp at the park border, but since there is a climb tomorrow Jan camped a bit closer to the border to get a head start, while I've set up a little lower in more sheltered trees out of the strong winds.
|A sheltered spot out of the wind.|
|Looking up into Saguaro National Park from my campsite.|