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Begins: Mar 15, 2017
Date: Sat, Apr 22nd, 2017
Trip Distance: 161.5
Entry Visits: 328
Journal Visits: 17,740
Guestbook Views: 223
Guestbook Entrys: 18
North Kaibab Plateau to Just North of Jacob Lake
737.8 to 766.6 for 28.8 miles
We got going on the road quickly this morning to try to stay warm. After about three miles of road, I left Joel and got on the trail at the point where the snow was reported to be 20-50%. It was probably less than that and since it was early and cold, I could walk across the top of the snow. I walked through about 10 miles of high burned forest. This was the most extensive burn I have been through. There was some climbing, and I could see Joel paralleling me on the road from time to time.
The trail got into some nice pine forest before I hit the 89a road that goes to Jacob Lake. Shortly after, I caught up with Joel who had stopped at Jacob Lake for food and hydration. We hiked together for a few miles, traded emails, and he went on.
This is my last night on the trail! There are lots of emotions flying around inside me. Some of them include: happiness, sadness the adventure is ending, determination, pride, reflection, gratitude, completion, confidence, and accomplishment.
Some of the things I'll miss are: the sound of the wind in the pines, talking to the cattle, meeting other hikers, the taste of the first bite of town food, showering after a week living outside, guessing where the trail goes, making water strategies, the response you get from people when the learn of your journey, the rich blue skies against the pines, the awe of a mountain view, waking and sleeping with the sun, seeing the stars at night, telling time with the moon's location, the excitement of trail magic, the warmth of my sleeping bag, walking as the sun rises, feeling the temperature change with the sun and the wind, hearing the coyotes, seeing elk, the accomplishment of a climb, looking back to where you where two days ago, and how good it feels to stretch out at the end of a satisfying day!
P.S. I wanted to recognize the kindness of the three turkey hunters who gave me water today! Shelton, Bennett, and a young lady whose name escapes me, treated me wonderfully as we shared stories about wildlife and various sightings I had on trail. It was refreshing to see young, enthusiastic, and kind people in the middle of the forest. Thank you for your kindness, I drank and carried your water into Utah!
Jim's Nobo AZT Journey
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