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Dutchman Trail #104Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 25 2016
SaguaroToSomo
Backpack7.00 Miles 600 AEG
Backpack7.00 Miles
600 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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Took one of my 12-year-old twin boys on his first overnight trip. Yes! We did it as an afternoon hike from First Water, over Parker Pass, and partway into Boulder Basin. "Partway" means that it was getting toward 5:00, and we found a great flat place with a view for the tent. The afternoon was fantastic: not too warm, not too cool, lots of shade along First Water Creek, and shadows from all the rock formations. And that whole area to the east was amazing with the late-afternoon sun lighting up the cliffs! Leftover turkey and apple pie were the main part of supper (some veggies, too, of course...), along with part of our supply of home-baked raisin bread. More on that later. It got dark and cool quickly, so it was sleeping bag time for Kevin except for coming out to see all the stars a couple of times. Read some of "The Two Towers" (Lord of the Rings)in the tent, and then he was asleep. I dozed a little, until about 10:00 when I got wide awake with scuffling noises outside the tent. Somewhere around where the pack was with the food; would have really like a tree large enough to hang food from. Oh well. I shined the flashlight out, and soon figured out what the animal was when I saw the bushy white tail. :o At that point, I figured he'd sample some food if he could dig it out, but there wasn't much I was willing to do about it. Better to lose some food than to stink! He loved ALL the rest of our raisin bread, and munched on apples some; scattered the couple of other things he could get at. Then he wandered off (and later he, or a relative of his, apparently did some spraying farther down the trail). Kevin slept through the whole thing, and when he did wake up a little later and heard the story, he was very interested, and then fell back asleep within a couple of minutes. Morning brought a short burst of color at sunrise, and then a more-and-more cloudy day as we headed out. We had what was left of our breakfast and played some Uno before leaving. The best part: he enjoyed his first backpacking trip, and my muscles survived the first one I've done in about 20 years!
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