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Arizona Trail Day 2 | Average Hiker

Last night was NIPPY! Blue Maestro reported it was 34 degrees at 7:30. There was also ice in my water bottle!

I though, stayed snug as a bug in my Katabatic Sawatch quilt with my Feathered Friends puffy wrapped around my head.

We had a short climb and roller coastery hike across Miller before dropping down into Sunnyside Canyon for lunch next to a clear pool of water.

Temps were in the upper 60’s as we made our way through Oak and Mesquite forests – perfect hiking weather!

After Sunnyside Canyon we slowly exited the forest, winding our way through scattered trees and golden grasses along rocky, dry trail.

Our target for the day was Parker Canyon. There was supposed to be plenty of camping and water. This would put us at about 14.6 miles for the day.

Cricket had begun having blister issues about half-way through the day so by the time we arrived at our camp for the night her feet were pretty sore.

We arrived at the stream to find another group in the main campsite so we moved up the trail about 20 yards and each grabbed a site on either side of the trail.

If solo, I would have grabbed water and gone til dusk, but Cricket had had enough. It was nice to relax and take it easy for a bit.

It was a good day. I was back on trail, doing desert hiking I love.

I’m sure as feet and bodies toughen up we will go faster and longer, but for now it is nice to let our bodies adjust to this rugged landscape.

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