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City: Portland
State: OR
Begins: Aug 23, 2017
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 23rd, 2017
Start: AZ/UT border
End: near Navajo Trail
Daily Distance: 15.8
Trip Distance: 15.8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 294
Journal Visits: 3,156
Guestbook Views: 35
Guestbook Entrys: 4

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Day 1

My flight was at 5:45 AM, so I didn't get a lot of sleep after finishing up the odds and ends. I forgot my phone in the car at the airport; Aimee saw it and ran it in to me, fortunately. That would have been bad, no photos or GPS until it was mailed somewhere. The airport was packed and I barely caught the flight to Denver. From there, I took a tiny Great Lakes prop plane to Farmington, NM, then on to Page, AZ, with 2 other people.
I was picked up at the airport by JD Horlacher around 1 PM. He provides shuttle services to the trailhead. He was a great guy and I recommend him for future southbounders. He also had a box I sent beforehand with stuff I couldn't take on the plane, like a fuel canister and tarp stakes.
I spent a bit of time at the start, rearranging my heavy load. 4 liters of water and way too much food make for a big pack. I forgot to sign the register at the trailhead, so I don't know if any other thrus are around, but I doubt it. It's pretty early in the season. I didn't see anyone all day.
The trail switchbacks up a 1000 foot ridge, then pretty much stayed level the rest of the day. The plants and terrain feel a lot like central Oregon, but then you see a big red mesa in the distance that would be out of place. It was pretty hot today; I don't have a thermometer, but I'd guess 90s.
I cooked my dinner around 5, partially to get rid of some weight. I'm not in full desert mode yet and drank my water way too fast. I made camp at dusk and finished up the last of the water. Not good. All night I had dreams of people bringing me water. There was lightning all around me in the dark, but it was far enough away that there was no thunder. Stars above me until 3, when I had a few drops of rain. I didn't bother setting up my tarp and the clouds moved on.
1.5 miles to unlikely water or 11.1 miles to a road that leads 2 miles to Jacobs Lake Inn, which has delicious food, I hear. I am going to get an early start, before it gets hot.


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