On May 31st after 2 1/2 months of hiking, events, fundraising, public hikes and backpacking trips and media appearances- I reached the Utah border! What an incredible feeling to have hiked here connecting my steps all the way from Mexico, over 800 miles away!
It was bittersweet to see the multicolored sandstone of the Coyote Valley and know that this journey would soon come to an end. Exciting that I have now walked across Arizona twice!
There was a big celebration at Sanderson’s Into the Grand in Page and Antelope Point Marina was kind enough to donate a houseboat for the evening. Now resting back at my home in Tucson, I will fill in the journals I didn’t have time for while on the trail.
A big thanks to all who donated to the campaign- the total of Indiegogo donations and money raised at events came to $17,800!! If you haven’t made a contribution yet and would like to, follow this link to donate to the Arizona Trail Association.
Many thanks also go to my sponsors Arizona Highways Photo Workshops, Summit Hut and Peace Surplus; and a special thanks goes to That Brewery for donating all that tasty Arizona Trail Ale for the Gateway Community Events!
Thanks to all who participated in the public hikes, backpacks, and events- the turnout was better than I could have imagined and it was a pleasure to share the trail with so many folks. And thanks to all who donated their time, talents, and spaces for the Gateway Community Event series.
So many people helped out with logistics, shuttles, lodging, etc, that it deserves its own blog post. But a special shout-out goes to my dad, who was here for two months being the best support crew a hiker could ask for, and my husband Brian, who is infinitely patient and supportive of my need for adventure.
Now it’s time for me to catch up on my rest- I’ve got three weeks until my river season starts. It definitely softens the blow of being done on the trail knowing that I will spend the rest of the summer working as a guide on the Colorado River in my favorite place of all- the Grand Canyon!