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Sweepandoutoforder - Other Trail Journal - 2011

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Begins: Apr 7, 2011
Direction: Westbound

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Date: Wed, Apr 6th, 2011

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The Hayduke Trail is a mash of trails, routes, roads, drainages, canyons, washes, ridges and game trails that stretch over eight hundred miles between Arches National Park in Southeast Utah to Zion National Park in Southwest Utah. Along the way, it crosses a rugged, desolate and beautiful land, including six national parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Zion), a national recreation area, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and vast stretches of barely known, but beautiful, wilderness in between. From the heart of the Grand Canyon at 2,000 feet to the top of the Henry Mountains above 11,000, we'll work our way under natural arches and bridges, around spires and hoodoos, down cracks of rock, across ancient sand dunes frozen into rock, into narrow canyons and along mountain ridges. We'll touch 2 billion year old rock, walk through forests of aspen, ponderosa and cactus, shiver in near freezing temperatures at night and wither in the sun on hundred degree days.

Between us, we've hiked a little bit, but I'm still nervous and excited going into this one. It almost feels like I'm arriving at Springer Mountain again to start the Appalachian Trail for the first time, but that is the thrill of adventure and stepping into the unknown. As always, leaving my friends and family is incredibly difficult. Just hearing salsa music playing in the airport almost broke my heart when I thought of all my friends in Tallahassee who I wouldn't be able to dance with for the next few months, but nothing worth doing is costless.

We're not planning to write much on this journal, but we wanted to have a place where we can beg for cookies from friends and family, since, at least for me, that's about 95% of the reason I hike (the other 5%, ice cream). If you want a more substantial journal about thru-hiking try one of our past journals, for me or for Sweep.

Love everyone,

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The Hayduke Trail

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