The Arizona Trail (the AZT)

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

I’ve always been awful at goodbyes. As a child I remember walking onto an airplane in San Antonio after visiting my grandparents. My grandma was waiving goodbye from the gate, but I could barely see her. Or the chute. Or my hand waiving back because I had too many tears in my eyes. 15 years later I still struggle with saying goodbye. Each time I move somewhere new or leave an experience I am overwhelmed with a sense of sadness. What can I say? I'm a Pisces.

I felt this way today as my friend Rose dropped me off at the Arizona Trail trailhead on the border of Arizona and Utah. We have become such good friends working and living together. Watching Rose become a small dot on the trail was heartbreaking. As I kept walking I reminded myself that it’s not goodbye. We will see each other again - so I shuffled my way forward on the Arizona Trail with my size-of-a-small-child pack.

That’s how I am treating this trail. A farewell to Arizona. The place I have lived for the past year and a half. It’s a beautiful place with diversity and ruthlessness. The next 16 days on trail is my “see ya soon AZ”. I will be hiking from the Utah/Arizona border to Flagstaff. 200 miles on the Colorado Plateau.

So let’s go!

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