So…..cold and wintry here in AZ, but we are determined to hike today. Rick and Linda from Grand Rapids (MI) are here, and they’re looking forward to their first hiking in AZ elevations. We’ve decided to go up to Madera Canyon, and take the Old Baldy Trail to Josephine Saddle and return on the Vault Mine Trail.
However, a steep slippery climb at the onset changed our minds. It was very difficult to get any kind of secure footing due to the snow and icy footprints that had preceded us. So, we backtracked to the Carrie Nation Trail, which had much more snow, but fewer travelers before us. It was not packed down, and much easier to navigate.
Part of the fun is crossing water. The stream was flowing a bit so crossing each time was tricky. After about 3/4 mile, we came to a dead end – either we were slightly off the trail, or it just wasn’t plainly visible because of the snow. So, we backtracked and ‘enjoyed’ our lunch on a cement picnic table in 36 degree temps.
Until the wind picked up, it actually was pretty pleasant. But then came the snow…..
We’re actually feeling pretty sorry for our friends who spent real money to come here this week to bike & enjoy the warm Arizona sunshine. It exists only in the stories we tell them. That leaves a lot of frustration all around – the Blakes are eager to dish out the hurt on bikes, and John is eager to make everyone climb mountains. We just all need the snow to go, and the sun to come.
We’ll see what tomorrow brings…..