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Wait Up
State: Minnesota
Country: United States
Begins: Mar 22, 2015
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, May 11th, 2015
Entry Lat: 35.190882
Entry Lng: -106.479338

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 658
Journal Visits: 17,312
Guestbook Views: 568
Guestbook Entrys: 17

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Final Day

Trail Description
The trail down was a little bit of a let down (another backpacking pun
there). You can take a one way tram trip for $ 12. The restaurant was not
yet open, but the tram building has electricity, water, and a bathroom.
The La Paz trail starts off very cool as it is latched on to the steep side
of the crest. It gets frustrating as it zig zags down several boulder
fields. Lastly, once past the boulders it takes long, sweeping switchbacks
down. Future hikers can see on the map a few more direct choices and save
some time.

Personal Reflections
Why not the Tram? I felt like I had walked all this way and it would be a
bit trivializing to just step on a tram and 15 minutes later be done. Out
of respect for the trail, I just walked on to the end.

There were tons of people climbing the trail on a Monday morning. I
stopped counting after 30. Most of them planned to hike up and tram down.
I could tell a few of them weren't going to make it.

The final parts wound around behind some expensive looking suburban homes.
These had a front view down on to Albuquerque and a rear view at the steep
hillside with huge boulders that will one day crash down on them.

I got to the official end (the Tram station) and, of course, took a
selfie. I then went to the restaurant and had the hostess capture the
moment. Then, I went in and ate copiously.

I guess the big personal reflection that most people wonder about is "big
thoughts" or resolving issues. Sorry to disappoint, but there was none of
that. I have been comfortable with myself. (I aint much but I'm all I've
got.) While I don't consider myself a v "lucky" personnin general, I have
been Lucky on the big 4 things. 1) I was lucky to have the parents I did.
2) I was very lucky to meet and marry my wife Helen. 3) I was fortunate to
end up with a good career. 4) lastly, my kids have been wonderful. As a
result, the only additional thought I had is that we live in such a great
and beautiful country. I wish more people would get up the courage and
energy to just get outside to see what we have.

I appreciate everybody who has taken time to read some or all of this
journal. I am a private person, so this has not been easy. I am thankful
for your patience in the sporadic updates, my poor grammar, and the obscure
points I make. Also, I am sincerely appreciative of the work Brett Tucker
did to craft this trail and for fellow GETers who have shared insights and
updates. Above all, I am thankful for my family who has supported me and
put up with my backpacking obsession for too long.

[NOTE: I have had tremendous difficulty loading pictures, so when I get home I will add pictures to recent entries.]

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The Grand Enchantment Trail is a 730-mile wilderness walking route across the Southwest U.S., connecting mountains, deserts, canyons, and places of cultural and historic interest. Beginning in the Sonoran desert near Phoenix Arizona, the route meanders eastward, crossing unique and diverse Sky Island mountain ranges, deep and water-blessed desert canyons, the pine-studded Continental Divide, and toward the southernmost Rocky Mountains, where it descends dramatically to the outskirts of Albuquerque New Mexico at its distant terminus. Learn more:


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