I am going to finish hiking all the sections of the Arizona Trail that run through Flagstaff by the end of May and thus so completing all the trails on my Flagstaff hiking map. I will add up the mileage and number of hikes once I complete these few last sections.
The forecast is predicting 3 inches of snow between 11pm tonight and 11am tomorrow but this afternoon you’d never believe it.
Bright blue skies and a comfortable 68 degrees as I began this sectional hike. An occasional gust of chilly wind was the only clue the weather change might be coming.
This section of the AZ trail goes from Walnut Canyon to Fisher Point. Last year I hiked from Fisher Point towards Walnut Canyon ,so to complete this section I started at Walnut Canyon until I reached the intersection I had previously turned around on. I’m sure there was a much clearer way to explain that.
Anyways, the trail was rocky but relatively flat until the switchbacks started leading me down into the canyon. But first..
I saw this chewed to the bone deer leg near the side of the trail and tried not to think about whatever it was that had gnawed on it.. not to mention completely ripped it off the deers body.
As I continued hiking I saw several other various bones and all of a sudden I had this incredible desire to find all the bones of this poor deer and try to reconstruct it. Not that I thought I could bring it back to life, but more like a puzzle;fitting all the pieces together. You know, how people try to reconstruct dinosaur bones all together? Yes, I have a weird brain. But I also have a terrible sense of direction and knew if I went in search of all the bones I’d most likely get way off trail and be lost forever until someone found my bones scattered all around the woods and put me back together to try and identify me. Then I got to thinking about being gnawed on like the deer and hastily dismissed all thoughts on this matter.
There is little to no water to be found on a majority of the Arizona Trail. So this handmade ” game water” sign intrigued me. Was this truly notification of water nearby? Was this how the predator lured the deer closer? Was it a mind game? Why was it protected by a barbed wire fence? Such mystery. Upon closer inspection I saw this:
Looks like metal roofing laying on the ground. I see no water. Nor water troughs. Doesn’t appear to be constructed to collect water. The barbed wire and thoughts of the gnawed deer like kept me from further exploration.
Back on the rocky trail and onto the switchbacks led to beautiful views and glimpses of the canyons beauty which eased my mind back into a peaceful purposeful hike.
Some darker clouds made an appearance and suggested rain might be on its way. And if temperatures drop that rain could turn to snow. Oh Flagstaff , how I love your quirkiness! No April showers or May flowers for this city. Too ordinary and expected .
I finished the rest of the section I needed to and uneventfully so.
Though some sweet soul left ” trail magic” for the hardy through hikers.
I might return to this spot someday and leave trail magic. The kind of trail magic I’d like to find. The stuff you’d never carry in your backpack .
I’m thinking an ice chest full of raspberry chocolate, ice cold raspberry ale, fruity ice cream bars, raspberry lemonade-and slushees. Hmm. Can you tell what I crave when I’m on a long hike?
Until next exciting adventure,