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.

AZT – Boxes, Boxes, and More Boxes

I finally arrived in Arizona earlier this week and have been packing like crazy for my thru-hike on the Arizona Trail.  I arrived at my aunts’ house to a pile of various packages (most of them from Amazon.)

Packages piled up for AZT re-supply boxes.

It took a few days, but I have turned the pile into 10 neatly organized and packed re-supply boxes ready to be shipped and delivered throughout the state.

AZT re-supply boxes almost completed.

I had the pleasure of hand delivering one box to an old friend yesterday while visiting Jerome, AZ.  It was a nice break from all the madness that comes from prepping for a long distance hike. I spent the afternoon having good conversation, and even managed to squeeze in a short hike.  This afternoon I will be shipping my first two boxes – one to Colossal Cave Mountain Park, and one to The General Kearny Inn.  This is all starting to get very real!

The first two re-supply boxes to go in the mail.

This is my first of many blog posts from my iPhone 6s. With limited resources during my adventure, and I’m sure as hell not carrying a laptop with me, I’ll be using my phone to blog along the way.  Next Monday, March 27 is go time!  I can’t wait for the journey that lies ahead.  Happy trails!

Dehydrating Fruit for the Arizona Trail

I will be flying to Phoenix to start my journey along the Arizona Trail in just a few weeks.  Before I make my way to Arizona, I will be taking a detour to Texas to visit my friends and family.  What this means is, I only have 12 days before I walk out of my house packed and ready for my hike along the AZT.  While food is one of the most important things to plan while preparing for a thru-hike, I have made zero plans!  Well, that’s not completely true…I have spent the last couple of weeks dehydrating 14 kiwi, 8 pineapples, and 2 bananas.  While this may sound like a lot of fruit, this barely scratches the surface of meal prep for an 800 mile thru-hike.  Since I don’t have enough time to make all of my meals for this journey I’m about to take, my only plan so far is to dehydrate as much fruit as I can until the day I leave.  What are some of your favorite fruits to dehydrate for backpacking or thru-hiking?

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Dehydrating bananas for the AZT

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Dehydrating kiwi for the AZT

Pineapples

Dehydrating pineapples for the AZT

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14 kiwi, 8 pineapples, and 2 bananas