My woods time has been in short supply lately. We have a three month old and a 3 year old and both my wife and I work full time. My wife made plans with her friends to do a girls night in flagstaff this weekend with kids included. I saw an opportunity to get some dirt time. I rode up to Flagstaff with the family and had my wife drop me off at Sandy's canyon trail head. I chose this trail because it was easy to get to and close to where my wife was heading. I also chose it because it links up with the Arizona trail. I didn't have any specific goals in mind for this trip other than spending some time in the woods. I brought my dog penny with. Penny has been hiking with me many times. She has also camped with the family before but she had never been backpacking. I had also never been backpacking with a dog so I was unsure of how much water and food I would need. I ended up bringing 6 liters of water making my pack weigh in at a whopping 42 pounds. This is what the first mile of trail looked like. The first mile or so of the trail was crowded with people and dogs. Once I got on the Arizona trail I only saw 6 people for the rest of the trip. Three of which were forest service employees.