Another great hike and adventure on the Arizona Trail! The first stage is setting up the shuttle.Thanks!! to Grace for helping me drop a car off and Paul for taking us to our southern trailhead
.We started a little bit earlier than normal(2:30) with the goal of having a great time,being done by dark,and not getting rained on!Even though hiking the first several miles in the dark limited our views to the moon,mountain silhouettes,and the reaches of our headlamps it was still a really cool part of the hike.The trail was in pretty good shape and you could here and see water in quite a few places. We made good time to Reavis Ranch and took a little break there.We woke up a couple Whitetail deer in the meadow before the creek.They gave us that
look. We stopped and pumped a little water and I got to try out my new Katadyn pump.Worked great.We climbed up the Reavis Gap Trail from there and it finally started getting light.The trail got a little mushy here but not to bad.We hit the Two Bar Ridge Trail next and it had some great views.We took a little break at Walnut Spring and later Joe picked out a great spot for lunch with some awesome views of Apache Lake.Cottonwood trail was a cool area with lots of trees little streams and wildberry vines.The Thompson trail brought us more ups and downs than we were expecting but we all managed to hold up alright.Some great views of Roosevelt Lake off and on and the tops of Four Peaks.We were a little tuckered out by now and the anticipation of seeing the blue bridge was mounting.It finally showed itself and we all had a little boost of energy. Seeing the dam was cool and crossing the bridge to finish seemed to give this paasage a little extra feeling of accomplishment.Thanks to Joe,Dave,and Bruce for another great hike on the AZT!!!! An extra thanks To Dave's wife for making us snacks and to Bruce for the great dinner at Chalo's in Globe.You guys all rock!!!