Nick and I set out from City Creek and headed up the Mazy Divide Trail. I love this hike because the views on the way up just seem to get better and better. North Peak looked particularly impressive and inviting.
Once we intersected the Arizona Trail we turned onto the Red Hills section and started making our way towards our destination which was LF Ranch. We had pre-arranged to have dinner and stay the night there. From there we would continue on to passage 25 and 26 in the morning. The journey and the company was a great. The destination turned out to be fantastic as well. Upon arrival there was a note from Mary Ann (Ranch Owner) that she had a flat tire up the road and had to go retrieve some perishable items from the truck. The dogs greeted us and welcomed us in.
We checked things out a bit and shortly thereafter she arrived on her quad. She offered us a cold beer and was very kind and accommodating. LF Ranch is nothing fancy (in fact quite the opposite) but it is peaceful and Mary Ann made us feel right at home. A bit later she cooked us up some hamburgers and delicious corn on the cob. Nick had three ears and I had two. We each ate 2 burgers and had a couple 7-UPs. After dinner she joined us for a bit and we did a some stargazing. It's amazing how much you can see without the city lights.
Nick took a warm shower and after a bit we turned in. CC the dog guarded the bunk house door and always let us know she was close by with her snoring. In the morning before departing we would have an amazing breakfast and coffee. This cost us $40 a piece. Twenty for the stay and ten per meal. It was a bargain and we made a new friend with Mary Ann and several new friends with her animals.