User
Pass
help
Destination
Happy Jack - AZT #29
12 Photosets
2014-08-17  
2014-07-19  
2014-06-21  
2014-06-15  
2013-06-15  
2012-09-27  
2012-07-18  
2012-06-09  
2010-10-28  
2010-08-06  
2010-08-06  
2010-08-06  

Happy Jack - AZT #29, AZ
2010-08-066 by
 
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Hiking31.75 Miles   11 Hrs   25 Mns    2.78 mph
2,600 ft AEG   
No Routes
1st Trip Logged
Linked  None
Partners 
joe bartels
The Eagle
Tortoise Hiker
Was wondering how I would do on my first 30+ miler in a day, as before I hadn't gone past 21-something in a day. Not for the faint of heart, even with little elevation, but we all managed ok. This was in part to us blessed with one of the best hiking days we could've asked for. Not too hot/humid, clouds around for most of the day, no precip. Plus we all saw some sort of hawk or raptor above us, and I had a couple of elk herd spottings.

FAIR WARNING: On this trail there are areas where cairns and AZT signs are everywhere, and then there are places where it is blatantly obvious that they are needed yet missing. A good percentage of this trail is 4wd roads, yet the trail will suddenly snake off the road and you won't even realize it until you think to look down at your GPS and realize, "hey, the trail left us about a half mile ago" :yuck: I was leading for a good bit of the middle stretch and by that time, every time one of them would shout from behind, "Hey Dave, I haven't seen any trail signs lately" my body would instantly clench .. they were the only ones to find this amusing. :oplz: Denny and I spotted a few of these that the rest of us that any hiker would have easily missed; by the end we all felt that adding on any more to this adventure would have required :stretch: ...

As the day drug on, Bruce & Joe were doing fine job of making a song out of everything anybody said to distract from the pain; even Denny eventually started chiming in, quite a hoot ... ("Hello mother, hello father, greetings from Camp Hiawatha"). By the 26-mile mark, even that wasn't cutting it to get my mind off the pain and the blisters. Joe had taken in his energy shot, and I needed one of my own, so I turned on some of my wife's Latin Zumba dance music. That was all I needed, and I took off like a shot past Joe. Heading down the final stretch, I ran up upon a nice bull elk and his female. They could hear Shakira coming out of my iPhone, and the male naturally took off a little bit farther away and watched, puzzled. The female however started dancing around in circles (no kidding), and stayed there watching Joe and I while doing her pacing, jumping dance until I shut off the music, then she just took off to be with her guy. I guess males and females are the same in America, no matter what the species. :D

Thanks guys, for a great hike that won't be soon forgotten!!!
Wildflowers Observation Substantial
_____________________
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Link     (3) EditsPrint 
Author
azdesertfather's

114 Photosets
  2010-11-19
  2010-11-07
  2010-11-07
  2010-11-06
  2010-10-30
  2010-10-29
  2010-09-10
  2010-08-26
  2010-08-06
  2010-04-23
  2010-04-09
  2010-03-27
  2010-03-26
  2010-02-19
  2010-02-05
  2010-01-29
  2009-12-11
  2009-11-21
  2009-09-25
  2009-09-06
Page: 1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6    


HAZ Tracks
record and follow hiking routes
Member driven since 1996!     Support or

HAZ was created for the love of hiking. Donations keep it online and fund development for future generations.
enjoy hiking & enjoy life


Version 1.8.3
Import/Export to our GPS Editing Cloud App Route Manager


About Books FAQ Go Mobile Shop © 2014 HAZ


Havasu Canyon Trail - Sep 15 2014
I was watching the helicopter make multi-drops of people and supplies when, at one point, a stray horse wandered into the landing field (the gate was open). The guys unloading the supplies chased it around the field until it went back out the gate. Then as it was running up the main drag, another resident must have thought it got loose so he shooed it back into another open gate and back into the field. So now these guys are chasing it around the field again but this time they start pelting it with rocks. The horse was panicking and didn't know where to go. Rocks were being hurled at it from all directions. He ended up falling down after a really hard rock hit and it looked like he broke...
[ read all ]


Mobile Version