The inner city trails seem to offer the most bang for the buck.
- Old bell man on Squaw, carries a walking staff with more bells then santa's sled. It's a wee bit "odd" but definitely snake-safe hiking.
- Bird woman on Squaw, always has an over sized parrot? on her shoulder. Perhaps a common scene in guatemala so maybe it's not so "odd".
- The purses on Squaw every now and then or the slacks is a nice touch
- Camelback seems to be the place for 1st timers to carry a gallon of water. I mean kudos on keeping hydrated but man that's gotta be heavy luggin' that sucker up and down. Of course that's just slightly odd. The two litter hot coke approach is my favorite. I quote snoop dog "fizz-yum"
- Some of the backpackers I pass just leave me in awe. I'm not sure if I'm more impressed with the balancing act or the sheer brute strength involved in with carrying a pack twice your size... ugh
- Then there's this one guy hiking through cholla forest in SANDALS! Sheees. Oh wait a minute, never mind...
- I'm out coming down the Dutchman Trail in the heart of the superstitions nearing Peralta junction by Palomino and a young shirtless favio comes jogging UP with a pack that entailed among other things a medium shovel and a huge pick-axe in the back. Which was odd, but five minutes later favio #2 is huffin and puffin up the slopes. I couldn't help but ask at that point. Apparently they were on trail maintenance. And even more apparent in a hurry to be running five miles into the wilderness UP a slope. Guess I should have bowed.
but those things are all just interesting
Truly odd is when you're out in the middle of nowhere and you pass people that you just can't figure out how they got there!
-I'm eight miles into a hike years ago in a sandy wash, no trail near, and I pass this 17-20 year old girl with nothing more then a 1960's looking eclipse/horn/looking canteen. I asked her if she was okay and she just walked by me as if she was boarding a plane.
-As posted on Indian Spring Petroglyphs
. I passed a pack of twenty some individuals of all ages and definitely not hikers. The odd part was there was only one truck at the trailhead and this group couldn't possibly fit in it. But my heart sunk when I passed a couple(HAZ members nonetheless!) minutes later that obviously owned the truck.
Of course this is Arizona, there's nothing odd about that!