Overnighter on the Arizona trail.

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    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. 20170715_120838.jpg
    This is what the first mile of trail looked like. 20170716_071727.jpg 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.
     
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    Penny and I hiked Sandy's canyon trail until it hooked up with the AZ trail. At that point we hopped on the AZ trail and headed towards Marshall lake. It was overcast and sprinkling intermittently which made for great hiking weather.

    20170716_070654.jpg This part of the trail burned somewhat recently and had lots small aspen and oak trees. 20170716_070504.jpg
    We hiked for a total of about 4 miles give or take and then set up camp. The trail climbed fairly quickly to the top of a ridge which offered some great veiws. 20170716_065620.jpg
     
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    Around 3 in the afternoon penny and I were getting hot. Our cloud cover had burned off and the thermometer on my pack said it was 90 degrees. I was concerned that we might not have enough water if we kept going. We found a nice grassy patch and made camp.
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    I setup the tent and Penny supervised. Since this is a bushcraft forum and I know inquiring minds want to know. I brought my Bark River Gunny and Silky F180. 20170715_145840.jpg Unfortunately both of these tools were largely unnecessary as the forest was on fire restrictions. No camp fires, no charcoal and no wood burning stoves. So I did my cooking on my MRS whisperlite. 20170715_155107.jpg
     
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    With camp set up and a cup of hot coffee in my belly I decided try and knock out some stuff for bushclass. This brings me to my first lesson learned. I didn't download the lesson before my trip or make any notes on what to do so it was a non starter. I did do the hat full of woods shavings but that's it.
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    About this time the cloud cover started to come back and we heard thunder in the distance. I saw an opportunity to collect some water for the dog. I setup my poncho to hopefully collect some rain water. 20170715_163719.jpg
    I learned a lot in the process. First off if I did this again I would make it wider. Secondly if you want a surefire way to prevent rain setup your poncho to collect water. It didn't rain the entire time this was up. As soon as I took it down it poured. Go figure. 20170715_172250.jpg
    Most of my time in camp was spent whittling. I made some feather sticks and a walking stick.
     
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    20170716_065225.jpg All in all it was a great trip. Penny was great company and will be coming on future trips. We hiked about 8 miles (4 out 4 back). As I said earlier my pack tipped the scales at 42 pounds. It left me wanting some lighter gear. I also plan to get penny a harness that will allow her to carry some of her own food and water. Thanks for looking.
     
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    Looks like fun!!
     
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    Great trip report and pics. Nice looking dog, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Looks like a good time!
     
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    Nice trip and that's a good looking dog.
    How much water did you end up with?
     
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    Sounds like you two had a good time!
     
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    I had about 1 liter left. It was nice and cool this morning and the hike was all down hill. We used less water on the hike out because of this.
     
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    Nice outing!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    I'm hoping that some of the fire bans will be lifted with the rain falling up north.
     
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    Nice outing thanks for shareing
     
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    Thanks for inviting us along! Looks and sounds like you both enjoyed yourselves, and the pics were well done. Great area as well.......:dblthumb:
     
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    Nice! I ride my horse out there pretty often through sandy's canyon and out to fishers point, my profile photo is actually from the top of there on a friends horse
     
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    I run across those "Arizona Trail" signs in the strangest places. It would make a great long hike.
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    What a great location, thanks for the pics.
     
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    Thanks for all the kind words. I feel lucky to be part of such a great community.
     
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    I was holding out hope the fire restrictions would be lifted before my trip. I think that's the first time I ever camped with out a fire.
     
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    Looks good man! I've hit that trail (though not where you were) a few times in the Flag area and always find it rewarding.
     
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    What a great day, thanks for posting!
     
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    Great trip!
     
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    Nice report and pics. I'll bet it's starting to rain up there now. I was near Alpine, AZ this past weekend and it rained a bit every day.
     
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    Slick idea to use the poncho to catch water.
     
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    I can really relate to having trips in areas with fire restrictions. Happy to see a happy dog though! :D

    Part of me knows that with a lighter pack, you will be able to go even farther. :)
     
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