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Tortilla Mountains - AZT #15Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 22 2018
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Backpack11.08 Miles 411 AEG
Backpack11.08 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.37 mph
411 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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After our usual amount of emails regarding plan of action and weather, we finally got on the road to start our Thanksgiving hiking weekend on the AZT... well didn't quite get on the right road enroute as I had Guru go the back road. We got there, but a little late even though the drive was indeed pretty (took the road through Florence to the Flo/Kelvin Hwy). At least we got to see the TH we would pass through on our way to finish the hike in a few days. Tracy and Shawn left their vehicle at the trailer park by the river and Guru drove us, almost directly to the TH at Freeman Road. The trail steward is living there in a trailer during season and has snacks and such available for the through hikers. That was just the first surprise he had.

Guru took our group photo and off we went for our mostly downhill hike on this part through the desert under very grey skies but very nice temps. You do a little bit of road walking on this passage but I never mind that as I get to hike and gawk to my heart's content. The desert was just full of itself today from the October rains. So much flora we felt like we were hiking in springtime.

We could see the boulder field in the distance and decided that would be a good place for lunch. It's amazing how far away that field is but you can see it from quite a ways back because after all, we are in the more or less flat desert. We walked through the self-closing gate and into the boulder stack where there was a Queen's chair all set up for me. Well not for me but I took dibs. Life is good.

We continued our hike through our wonderful desert, once again, some road walking and veered here and there with the trail. It was a great way to start our 29 mile trek. We also stopped a moment to talk with a young Canadian thru-hiker who was packing very light; in fact, I think my day pack would have weighed what his overnite pack did. I think he said he had been hiking for three weeks and 500 miles from the North Rim.

The trail appears to be in very good condition. We found a spot to camp trying to stay out of the light wind and that was relatively flat for our tents. We made our dinner and then watched the moon rise. It was quite the show. And later, the night light effect was in full glow. I heard a plane around 4:30AM otherwise slept fairly well I think.

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