As I sit drinking my morning coffee, it just dawned on me that tomorrow morning my youngest son dean will be starting his 800 mile hike of The Arizona National Scenic Trail. The trail which was developed by a Northern Arizona Teacher, goes from Mexico to the Utah border and traverses the whole length of the state of Arizona.
He has been dreaming of hiking the Appalachian Trail all his life, however, since it takes 4 months to complete, the arizona trail was a great way to break into thru hiking! he also decided that since he lives in Flagstaff, the Arizona trail will be much more convenient and he will be doing it in reverse starting in utah. The hike should take him about 6 weeks to complete.
Dean, Gina & Ruca with the San Francisco Peaks in the distance!
The Arizona Trail begins at the Coronado National Memorial near the US Mexico border and goes north through Tucson, then leading to higher elevations of Northern Arizona going through Flagstaff hiking the San Francisco Peaks. The trail then continues across the Coconino Plateau which I hiked with him last summer, then on to the Grand Canyon! The Trail terminates near the Utah border in the Kaibab region.
Lucky for me, he is doing it with his girlfriend Gina who also loves to hike, so I am happy they have each other when it get’s rough. I’ve recently watched a reality show “Naked & Afraid” and know it probably won’t be as bad at that but I am concerned about snake bites and exhaustion. The fact that they are not sleeping in a tent can also give me anxiety but he says that it would be way too heavy to carry the tent doing at least 18 miles a day.