Arizona Trail Passage 1
Our campsite last night could not have been better--what a way to start our final day for our 300 mile section hike of the Arizona Trail! Wind gusts howled up the mountains and swirled over treetops, but down in our little spot, I was snug and untouched by the breeze. I lingered in my hammock eating my cold granola trying to savor the moment and tuck it into my memory. The warmth of my quilts in the cold air, the pine smells, the deep satisfaction in being in the mountains and having everything you need in your pack.
|Farwalker tells us the names all the peaks around us.|
|Happiness is... THIS!|
|And first rays of sunlight on ponderosa pine--can't get any better than this!|
|On top of the Crest Trail.|
|Well-constructed tread on steep terrain.|
|Through the burn area.|
|What are you doing here?|
|Lichen up here!|
|More of the unexpected.|
|Jan gets water from Bathtub Spring.|
|Steady drip out of the faucet.|
|Too much to carry out.|
|View of Montezuma Pass from Miller Peak.|
|We made it to Mexico! 300 miles! Woohoo!|
We decided to just hike back to the parking area at Montezuma Pass where we hoped we would have enough cell phone reception to google the location of the darn thing. Which is exactly where we found the register--near the parking area!
Farwalker's husband met us at the trailhead with ice cold drinks, and took us back to town. The scenery we passed this last day was unparalleled-such diversity and certainly a highlight of the entire trip. I still can't quite wrap my head around it all. Nothing like I imagined. So much laughter and fun and challenge and beauty.
|Another AZT sign pointing the way north. I love that we always go the other way.|