What a great AZT day. After psyching myself up for a day of wet, God held back the rain just for us
The first sprinkles didn't fall until we were loading up at the cars.
Not knowing that would be our blessing, I marched on intently for much of the day, focused way too much on the goal
For me, the highlights on this one were the nice views and the historical sites (Kentucky Camp and Morning Star Mine). Good views of Mt. Wrightson all day, which still appears to have a bit of snow above 9000'. All these bennys allowed me to get some nice photos. Did get a bit windy, but nothing unmanageable...they talked about bungee cording me to Denny, but it didn't prove necessary
Saw some javelina hunters and heard several gunshots during the day, but nothing whizzing by too close thankfully. We're not used to seeing anyone much on the AZT, so today we saw more people than on any other segment, between the hunters and all of the people practicing with the Tucson Orienteering Club (we actually found a couple of their devices, that their group was supposed to find
). Other wildlife was limited to birds being tossed around by the wind, a couple of little snakes and 3 deer running in front of us toward the end.
There is some discrepancy about where segment 5 ends and 6 begins. The spot we chose to use was 3/4 mile west of AZ83. At that point the AZT crosses the dirt road, so we chose that spot. There was a place to park a few yards west of there, further down. HIking to this spot is why we are a little higher on the mileage than expected, so technically we probably did the first little bit of segment 6 (shh, don't tell Denny!).
Great hiking with the crew, and having Nick join us. He holds his own with Joe rather well, and Bruce was pretty nice to him today (you know, honeymoon phase
)...Nick, consider yourself warned...