Time to Regroup

We’ve been on the road since the beginning of November and are once again in Ruidoso to regroup and reorganize and do taxes.  I had intentions of blogging along the way, but that has proved more difficult than anticipated.  We still have a lot of kinks to work out with this living and working on the road business.  In some ways, things are going well and working as planned, but in other ways, it is working out quite differently than planned.  We are still figuring it out as we go and trying to make it work so we can keep on doing this.

 Arches Trail in Losee Canyon, Dixie National Forest, UT

Arches Trail in Losee Canyon, Dixie National Forest, UT

So, where have we been in the past 5 months? We started in Utah.  Ra had a job north of Salt Lake City, in Layton.  We camped at Antelope Island, a wonderful state park.  See the previous post - I did actually manage to write one post in all this time!.  Then we worked our way south, doing some camping and hiking in Utah before heading to the Utah/Arizona border to begin hiking the AZT.  We spent a chilly few days at Stateline Campground and finally completed our first passage of the AZT (for this trip anyway), which is actually the last passage.  Planning to spend Thanksgiving with friends in Tucson, from there we began working our way south.  We camped outside Cottonwood (just north of Phoenix) for a few days.  We spent a delightful Thanksgiving weekend in Tucson, enjoying friends, good food, and such creature comforts as showers and indoor plumbing. 

 A cold and gusty day at the northern terminus of the AZT

A cold and gusty day at the northern terminus of the AZT

Back to the wilderness.  Feeling clean and with full tummies, we headed south to dispersed camping in the Coronado Forest.  Here we looked upon the Huachuca Mountains and the Border Patrol Blimp.  We were visited late night by Border Patrol and cows.  We then were off to nearby Parker Canyon Lake Trailhead to do some backpacking on the AZT (finally!).  We hiked north on the Canelo Hills: East Passage.  A bit more dispersed camping in the Patagonia/Sonoita area, then off to Phoenix for the Holidays. 

 Sunset from the Parker Canyon Lake Trailhead

Sunset from the Parker Canyon Lake Trailhead

We had planned to stay with a friend, but decided instead to stay at Saving Paws Rescue and do some volunteer work in exchange for showers and laundry.  We had only planned to stay through New Year’s , but one thing led to another and we stayed for the month of January.  It was really fun to stay at the rescue.  I had really missed being there and missed the dogs.  For some of the time, one of the volunteers generously offered us her house while she was out of town. Baron enjoyed the big back yard, Ra enjoyed the recliner, and I enjoyed the kitchen.

 Baron striking poses while we look for service at Oak Flat.

Baron striking poses while we look for service at Oak Flat.

Oak Flat Campground, just east of Superior, AZ (about an hour east of Phoenix) was our next stop.  The plan was to camp here and then hit the AZT a few miles away at Picketpost TH.  Well, we ended up staying just over a month.  Unfortunately, due to a high maintenance tenant, and the fact that Rã is spending more time on property management than our property manager, he is having to work more than planned.  Sitting in the back of the truck, working, was definitely not the vision for this trip, but that’s the way it goes!  I passed the time doing various camp chores and making paracord dog leashes.  Even though I used my rain gear more last month than I have in the last 8 years, overall it was a pretty nice spot to stay.  We met a lot of characters, met many nice people, and really got to know the area. 

Lastly, we did do some backpacking south from Picketpost TH in Alamo Canyon, enjoying beautiful views of Picketpost Mountain and warm weather. It was great to be back on the trail!

Now, here we are, grateful we can use the cabin for a spell.  We need to really go through our gear and try to pare stuff down.  Thru-hikers get a pack shake down, we need a truck shake down.  It is a challenge to travel minimally when we’re car camping and backpacking, and need both warm weather and cold weather gear. At least now we have a better idea of what we really need, what’s nice to have, and what we don’t have that we do need (not much!).

So that’s a quick re-cap of the last few months.  As I haven't done any blogging since I had my store 9 years ago, I’m pretty deep in the ignorance pool when it comes to blogging.  This is a work in progress - bear with me! I will be adding pictures and posts covering our stops more in depth in the next few weeks.  The goal is figure out a better way to do this when we are traveling with very limited service and using one computer.  Being so remote and disconnected is simultaneously a challenge and blessing.  ~Cheers