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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 11, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Mar 23rd, 2011
Start: El Bosquecito Camp in Colossal Cave Park
End: The same
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 122.1

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 664
Journal Visits: 8,696
Guestbook Views: 335
Guestbook Entrys: 3

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In Colossal Cave

The Wonders of Colossal Cave

Taking a zero day to enjoy what Colossal Cave has to offer and arrange logistics for my trail denouement. I decided not to go into Tucson, get re-supplied, then come back out to the trail north of here, which was officially closed (although the trail was finished, Saguaro National Park was not letting anyone use the trail until the official opening date of April 1) and then get back home by April 1st. Although AZT thru hikers had made it through the new section of trail according to reports on the web, I had met some thru hikers who road walked from Colossal Cave to avoid the closure, not wanting the stress of dealing with a ranger encounter. So I decided to go into Tucson and cut my trip short and finish the AZT next spring. I have to get ready for a back pack trip to Scotland in April.

I really enjoyed my mellow day at Colossal Cave--I paid for my camping at the entry kiosk and then walked up to the Cave and took a tour. I then walked down to La Posta Quemada Ranch and had lunch and looked through the museum. Turns out the snack bar closes at 3 PM so I wouldn't have been able to get food yesterday when I entered the park. They have chicken wraps, nachos, that type of food. I should have sent a re-supply package to La Posta Quemada and avoid the whole logistical nightmare of going into Tucson.

I got a hold of Sunshine Tours and they will pick me up at the entrance kiosk at 6:30 AM tomorrow to go into Tucson.

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