Monday, November 26, 2007
Back on the Arizona Trail
After a very mild and dry start to fall, southern Arizona was given its first taste of the winter to come this week. The warm weather broke and a cold front came into town leaving me with the reality that I wouldn't spending my winter warm and cozy. Overcast skies, and temperatures in the high 40's did however make for a perfect hiking day. I decided to get back onto the trails and see how my knee is holding up. I ventured off to the Arizona Trail that starts up again after a few mile road section through the center of Patagonia. This section which basically is a rugged dirt road continues north and leads up to Mount Wrightson, I felt really strong and ended up covering well over 10 miles in just a few hours. I plan on getting back on this trail and to make an attempt to summit Mt Wrightson once again. From the starting point of the trail, it would be a 30+ mile venture. With enough water and an early start, I have no doubt I could complete this section of the trail in good time. On my way back I almost stepped on a snake, pictured above. I also found an old mining shaft, which looked quite interesting. I am so grateful to be healthy and alive. There is so much beauty out here in the desert. I enjoyed my time alone to listen to the hawks and ravens above me. A spooked a few white tailed dear and was happy to see them running around. Life is Good!