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City: Fairbanks
State: Alaska
Begins: Mar 1, 2012
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
End: Near Hwy 78

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Cactus garden, Carrizo Gorge


It got much hotter Sunday, well into the 80s I'd guess, a far cry from the down jacket wearing conditions that have prevailed. Flatter country. I easily found my first cache and drank my fill of water and chowed down on food before moving on. Saw a couple of roadrunners sprinting through the brush. Dried socks, readjusted lacing and so on to minimize blisters; so far, do good.

For many miles the trail followed a jeep road but I had it almost completely to myself. In nearly 30 miles I only saw one tiny seep of water, buzzing with bees. .

I thought I'd found a dinosaur femur bone but after seeing similar rocks miles later changed my mind. I did find some other definite fossils though, as well as another piece of ancient pottery. The trail wound through interesting sandstone canyons, with more unusually shaped rocks. I saw what appeared to be three stone posts in a nearly perfect row coming out of the side of a cliff.

Warm Monday, but thankfully a bit cooler. More cross-country travel. I ate lunch under the first juniper I've seen on the trail, a tree very familiar from my firefighting days. There were more impressive "cactus gardens."

The trail continued down a granite gorge and I looked up to see two desert bighorn looking at me. I ended up seeing 6 fine rams, a real thrill as I don't think I've ever seen that subspecies before.

Did just shy of 20 miles today. Will finish this section first thing in the morning.

Going well, trying to ease myself back into trail shape while covering some miles.

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