However, during our hike, we discovered we had powerful defense of our own. There was no need to fear, because we wielded CHROME DOME UMBRELLAS!
|I am a powerful warrior, with my trusty umbrella at my side. Photo by Jan.|
|No mountain lions would dare attack us when we had giant chrome dome sized heads.|
|I can safely take a rest break under the protection of my umbrella. Plus my knees won't get sunburned.|
|Fighting the fierce jumping cholla cactus. Photo by Jan.|
|Slashing my way through thick vegetation that fought back with vicious spines.|
|Water tanks would sometimes spray us with water when we ventured too close. But we survived the attacks with our umbrellas.|
|I slept soundly knowing my trusty umbrella was within easy reach under my hammock.|
|Just about ready to take off. Photo by Jan.|
***Several alert readers have written to me and suggested that our success on the Arizona Trail was because the trail is actually quite safe, and our fears were overblown. While this is a viable hypothesis, I still wouldn't recommend hiking the Arizona Trail without an umbrella.***
For more information
Umbrella rigging- how to rig your umbrella hands-free to your pack
Golite no longer sells umbrellas, but Gossamer Gear does here.
(Disclaimer- I am a Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador. But I bought this umbrella from Golite).