Days 4 & 5 – Patagonia and a Run-In With Rain

Dates: February 21 and 22, 2020

Miles: 48.3 – 51.2 and 51.2 – 66.7

Friday morning around 7, I walked the road into Patagonia and did the usual town routine. Ate, picked up resupply box at the post office, did laundry, ate some more. I checked the weather forecast and saw some rain and a possible thunderstorm coming up, so I decided to just stay the night. Stay in a warm bed and take a shower? Yes, please.

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First Day on the Arizona Trail

Date : February 18, 2020

Miles: 1 – 8.3

I arrived in Arizona a couple days ago, and have been staying with Tim’s parents, who moved down here a couple years ago and have graciously offered to host me and drive me to the trailhead this morning. As an aside, I’ve decided that I could totally buy a golf cart and move to a retirement community in Arizona. That could definitely be my jam.

At any rate, this morning Tim’s parents drove me to the Montezuma Pass trailhead. It was a 6 hour round trip for them, and Gayle baked me some cookies to take with me. I am very appreciative of their support. Thank you Tim and Gayle!

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I’m Baaaaaaack

The last time I posted on this blog, I was wrapping up a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, and trying to figure out what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I named this blog ‘Walking From The Law’, so I figured, at the very least, I was going to leave the practice of law behind and head off for greener professional pastures. Alas…

This did not happen.
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Post Script: Overdue Thank You’s

I should have written this post months ago.

I have always been terrible at thank-you’s.  If you’ve ever sent me a gift or a kind message and I didn’t respond or send you a thank-you card, well, I apologize.   I appreciate every single one even if I am too scatter-brained to acknowledge your thoughtfulness.  And I promise to make my southern mama proud of my efforts in the future.

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Day 168: Toward The End

Date: September 29, 2017
Miles: 1127.2 – 1153.8

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

I had a wistfully emotional day.  The gray, cloudy sky matched my mood – it too seemed wistful, but not sad, about the end of this trek.  I like to imagine that the dusky hills and valleys of the Granite Chief wilderness felt the same.  An aching, ‘I have to say goodbye for now, but maybe I will see you again’ kind of way.   Continue reading “Day 168: Toward The End”

Day 167: Almost Done

Date: September 28, 2017
Miles: 1103.4 – 1127.2

It’s my second to last full day on trail. This adventure will be over soon and I’m not sure yet how I feel about that. All day I vacillated between impatience to get back to the creature comforts of home and family, and my desire to stay out in the elements I’ve become accustomed to – dirt, mountains, sun, wind, valleys, trees, stars.  Will I be able to slide easily back into a society obsessed with material things?  Will I feel like a weathered square peg trying to shove itself into a plastic round hole?  I don’t know. Continue reading “Day 167: Almost Done”