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Date: Mon, Mar 5th, 2018
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We love long hikes. There is something about being 'out there' day after day that brings magic into our lives. There is magic in the mountains and desert we walk thru. There is magic in the animals and plants that change as we move thru various ecosystems. There is magic in the people you meet along the way, the other trail users and the folks in towns. Each winter, we patiently wait for the temperatures to warm enough to begin.
We've been on the AZT before. We originally section hiked it, then went back in 2016 to thru it. Having hiked the deserts of California (Mojave on the PCT) and New Mexico (Chihuahan on the CDT), we have a bias towards Arizona. And so, we will visit it again.
Yesterday, we put out a few water caches and did the short hike to the Mexican Border. For those new to this trail, the trailhead at the border is not on a road. One must hike a few miles, either from the visitor center at Coronado National Memorial, or from Montezuma Pass (in the Memorial), to reach it. Since the first segment of trail is fairly strenuous, it makes sense to us to get this little bit out of the way.
The trail was in good condition. The day was cool and windy. In 2 years, there have been some improvements: a couple of new benches, a new sign at the border, fresh paint on the monument. Seemed like a lot more people on the trail, too. We must have seen about 20 people hiking, although only 1 looked to be a thru hiker.
Of course, there will be a certain amount of suffering and pain to earn the magic. We're an older couple, so the trails hold special challenges for us! Here's hoping you enjoy the journey with us!