Arizona Firsts – Our first AZ Hike; Charlie’s first hike

Back in Feb we had a beautiful saturday – 70, not too windy for AZ and SUNNY – it felt like a day in the middle of August in the PNW – we were psyched! We had originally had an 11 am training session for Charlie and Zoe, but it was cancelled due to double-booking so we were up, dressed, ready to go with a gorgeous day and lots of time – perfect scenario for a hike. We grabbed some breakfast, Brian did some planning and I grabbed some lunch fixings, we packed and were off.

Brian got some great hikes in over the summer but this was my first hike in AZ, Brian’s first hike with either dog and Charlie’s first hike EVER – it was awesome! Since we moved to AZ I have craved trees. I miss green. I miss lush rainforest walks. I miss water. Now, there wasn’t much green (almost none) but we were definitely in the woods – with plant life reaching towards the sky and underbrush and leaves – I can’t really explain how happy it made me.

We hiked the Lower Huachuca Canyon Trail – we started at an elevation of about 5,000 ft and got to an elevation of almost 7,500 ft – it was three miles out and three miles back but most of the elevation happened in a 1.9 mile stretch. We were aiming for Huachuca Peak but didn’t quite make it to the top because while we got an early start, our preparations kind of took a long time and I’m out of shape so I slowed us down 🙂 The view was breathtaking (the pictures don’t do it justice) and we even saw a prickly pear (but didn’t get a picture)

The dogs did great, the view was amazing and we were doing one of our favorite things together as a family – a perfect day.

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  1. Bob Johnson

     /  March 13, 2012

    Loved your post! Congrats on the firsts. The southwest is a different world. Beautiful in its own way but very different from the northeast and northwest. Brilliant observation, huh?!? Anyway I enjoyed reading about your adventure. Best to Brian, Zoe, and Charlie!

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  2. Your hike sounded terrific! Great photos! You and Brian are impressive in many ways but your ability to adapt to big geographical changes is inspiring!

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  3. Welcome to AZ! People often miss out on the beauty that it has to offer! I have been hiking in AZ for about 20 years, Check out my blog and maybe you will see some places you will want to go next!
    http://thebackpackingjournal.wordpress.com/

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