Oops, I Kinda Forgot About the Blog...

So, wow, it's already March 2017!  And, no, we are still not on the trail.  Wrapping things up and putting everything in place to has taken much longer than anticipated.  We're pretty close to being out of one house and ready to rent it out.  Finally.  We still need to make a couple trips to New Mexico.  One will be to finish the storage shed we are building at Rã's sister's cabin in Ruidoso.  Our idea, well Rã's idea really, was to build a storage shed at their cabin that would be about the same size we'd rent.  Rather than paying lots of storage fees, we'll use that and when we're done, they'll have a storage shed.  It will likely take us a couple trips to get it built and get it all out there.  At this rate, we'll be really lucky if we hit the trail by summer.  Not a great time to be hiking in many parts of Arizona, although there are sections we could do.  I'm hoping for a fall start.  Why do household projects take so long?  Because Rã likes to rent heavy equipment.

 Who else would rent a 50 ft. boom lift to trim palm trees?

Who else would rent a 50 ft. boom lift to trim palm trees?

I am pretty anxious to get out there, but in the meantime I am really loving my work at Saving Paws Rescue.  It's a German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois Rescue I've been working for for the past year.  It will be so hard to leave when the time comes.  Even when we take our trips to New Mexico, it is hard to be away from the dogs.  Rã is finally winding down with work, only taking small and quick jobs.  Now he can finally get to the projects we need to do in order to get out of here.  Ironically and sadly, while we are getting ready to do alot of hiking, we have no time to hike!  I'm at the rescue 5 or 6 days a week, so that doesn't leave much time to get out there.  I realize it's not a strong excuse, but my one or two days off are spent catching up on household stuff and cooking.  We also volunteer at the rescue. I spent extra time with a very fearful dog, Jarred (pictured above), and Rã does handyman projects.  Some of which involve heavy equipment,  of course.

 Anyone notice a theme?

Anyone notice a theme?

In any case, we are still planning on and focused on the AZT.  Sometimes I am really envious of those who can more easily do a long distance hike.  It's just a bit more involved for us since this really is a lifestyle change.  We're not in our 20's with just a little bit of stuff we can store with our parents.  We're not just leaving our house for a few months.  What we're dong takes a lot more work and planning.  It, hopefully, will all be worth it in the long run. ~ Heather