Saturday, February 7, 2015

Can't stay away

Sometimes the stars align. You get a project in Flagstaff, and you get to run on the urban trails, with other runners, without worrying about faceplants because there are no rocks.  Really? Other people get to run like this? I would run every day if it were like this, you think.

You get to go to Sedona and run there too, on a trail called Hot Loop, which makes you a little frightened, but it turns out February is the perfect time, with water still in the creek.

You drive the Mogollon Rim and see places you went to, years ago, before you knew how your life would turn out. You somehow manage to get a permit for the Grand Canyon backcountry for the sites you have always wanted to camp at: Horn Creek, where they only allow one party per night and the water is allegedly high in uranium content, and Granite Rapids, even though the park stamps your permit with: AGGRESSIVE ITINERARY! HIKER INSISTED ON ITINERARY!

At home, 100 mph winds are tearing off your roof, but there is nothing you can do about it, because you are here, at the Grand Canyon, which is strangely warm and devoid of crowds. Tomorrow, you hike in.  Again.

Three times in a year and I am still not done with this place. There is some kind of magic here that I can't quite figure out. And I am not even a desert person. I like water, and mountains, and alpine tundra. So why am I here again? I hope to find out.

14 comments:

  1. Lucky you! Getting to visit the Grand Canyon three times in a year! I've yet to get here. But am planning a trip with hubby for late October. I will make it happen!

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    1. That's a perfect time! Where are you going to hike?

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  2. Awesome! It sounds like you're having fun with your work trips. :)

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    1. Yep--trying to make the best of sitting in meetings!

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  3. AGGRESSIVE ITINERARY! HIKER INSISTED ON ITINERARY!

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha,,,, snorting with laughter. They really don't know you, do they? Flash

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    1. Hahahahaha Nope! "Let's make it to Mirror Lake tonight!"

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  4. We had sun yesterday and more today up here. Winds should have died down at your home too. Don't worry about the weather. Enjoy your "AGGRESSIVE ITINERARY" that you "INSISTED" on. :)

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    1. It was soooooooooooo waaaaaaaaaaaaarm. Blog post coming soon!

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  5. Sounds like a good time in an amazing place!

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    1. It was a great trip! Just perfect weather and itinerary!

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  6. I love they have a backcountry site for one party! That is unbelievable and exciting, but not nearly as your aggressive itinerary. I definitely need to chat with you before I plan my 2015/16 winter hiking schedule. I appreciate that we are both primarily mountain, alpine lake gals, but that you've found an appreciation for the desert terrain. I lived in Arizona for 5 years and never found that love, but was not a hiker at that point. I'll be giving it a good chance in March when I hike the AZT and learn some desert skills.

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  7. Are you hiking the whole azt?

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    1. No, we only have a month, so figure we'll make it to maybe Flagstaff. Our goal is 15 mile days. Some of the terrain will make that goal a challenge. Within the first six miles we'll go from 6,000 to 9,000'. I'm concerned about the heat at lower elevations and finding sufficient water to climb the peaks.

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