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City: Green Bay
Begins: May 11, 2011
Date: Tue, May 10th, 2011
Start: Tucson, AZ
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Left Green Bay, WI last Tuesday and have been visiting with my brother, John and part of his family in Tucson/Saddlebrook: Sandy, Betsy and Ruby. Since we don't often get together, this has been fun and meaningful. Tim C., college roommate, drove a ways from Phoenix to pick me up.
There are differences between Green Bay and Tucson: the former... had a very wet April (one of largest amounts of April snow and rain since weather record keeping), is generally flat (our house rests at a grand elevation of 650'), is indeed green (this includes the colors of the Super Bowl Champion Packer's jersies, the local foliage albeit early Spring and the Bay itself), and is enjoyably cool. Tucson, the latter, is very dry, mountainous, brown and hot. So the past week provided an easier site to make a smoother transition to adjust to the southwest.
I selected the Columbus temrinus because it offers a nice 2-3 desert hike to field test my new gear items and hopefully not get too lost. This approach has historical points of note and has an easier access for support people.
Items purchased since the 2009 PCT hike include: Lightheart Solo tent; downsized to a ULA Circuit pack, a smaller snow peak GS-100 stove and titanium pot. Added a DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w GPS with SPOT, a Droid smart phone + I Pod. While able to utilize their basic,fundamental uses, I confess I have not yet learned to optimize all their features. So, a little electronic ojt awaits. I am much more confident with my basic compass and map skills thanks to great training sponsored by the USMC.
Going solo will be a new experience having hiked the PCT with Bob,Larry and Diane; the AT with Aaron, RB, Bob and so many others, the LT with RB. I have been reading other 2011 CDT journals and Eric the Black's web site to gain helpful insights into gear selection and trail management tactics. Really appreciate their comments and insights.
Fires have been reported in the Gila National Forest, i.e, the Miller Fire, which may require some optional planning.
Regardless, tomorrow, we drive to Deming and then Columbus. The hike will then begin.