Patagonia Lake State Park

After my first three days attempting to thru-hike the Arizona Trail, I decided to get off the trail and re-group.  I spent two days exploring the campground at Patagonia Lake State Park with my aunt.  During this time, I washed my clothes in a bucket, went through my pack and tossed out any unnecessary items, and continued to communicate with my hiking partner in hopes that we would get back on the trail soon.  During one afternoon, my aunt and I went to the marina to see about renting kayaks to tour around the lake.  A very nice gentleman running the marina offered to take us on a quick pontoon boat ride to tour the lake since the wind was too fierce for a kayak trip.

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My aunt and I touring Patagonia Lake, Patagonia Lake State Park, Patagonia, AZ

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Patagonia Lake State Park, Patagonia, AZ

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Patagonia Lake State Park, Patagonia, AZ

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Patagonia Lake State Park, Patagonia, AZ

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Primitive campsite on the shoreline of Patagonia Lake, Patagonia Lake State Park, Patagonia, AZ

The lake and State Park were beautiful with lots of little primitive campsites tucked away which are only accessible by boat.  The two days I spent at Patagonia Lake with my aunt after the first three days hiking the AZT were perfect.  I believe that things happen for a reason, and even though I was feeling pretty low having to get off the trail so soon, the time spent at the lake was very special.

Wildlife Wednesday 11/09/2016

During a recent trip to Hawai’i, I finally had the opportunity to explore snorkeling.  After spending a few hours in the “kiddie pool” at Lydgate Beach Park, I was ready to broaden my underwater horizons.  Anini Beach was the perfect destination for beginner snorkelers, with its’ shallow waters and abundance of wildlife.  After only 10 minutes in the water I spotted several tropical fish, two rays, a sea urchin, and a saddled snake eel.  As I chased down a beautiful tropical fish, out of nowhere a very large sea turtle swam right in front of me.  This was a dream come true!  I spent the next several minutes slowly swimming alongside a sea turtle in its’ natural environment.  Check that one of the bucket list!  ✔

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Sea turtle, Anini Beach, Kaua’i, Hawai’i

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Snorkeling at Anini Beach, Kauai’i, Hawai’i

Wildlife Wednesday 11/02/2016 – Chickens of Kauai

If you have never been to Kauai in Hawaii, then you may not be aware of the most dangerous wild animal on the island – the chicken!  Chickens took over the island after Kauai was devastated by Hurricane Iniki in 1992.  Local sources said the hurricane was a Category 5 with the eye of the storm being larger than the entire island with winds over 180 mph.  After the hurricane, chickens have roamed free throughout the island, where you can find them in the most unlikely places.