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May 29, 2017

Today marked my last day on the AZT as we rode out of Cottonwood Camp and across the Colorado River, then up the South Kaibab trail to the top of the South Rim.

It got hot quickly at the bottom of the Canyon, reaching close to 100 degrees as we made our way towards Phan...

May 28, 2017

At long last it was time to ride through the Grand Canyon!!! My mom and I just had to first ride 20 miles to get to the north rim first. We had been warned by a hiker that there were a hundred downed trees in our way so we were a little nervous to say the least. Thankf...

May 27, 2017

We had a pretty long day ahead of us today (30 miles) and the trail went through some interesting area, from pine trees, to old burn areas, to grassy meadows.

Easily the biggest highlight of the day was getting to have a close encounter with a California Condor. It's ha...

May 26, 2017

After two days off (one spent getting new shoes on the horses and one spent picking up my mom from the airport and driving up to the Utah border) we got back on the trail to start our final 100 miles. It was pretty low key at the border, no monument, but it was a fitti...

May 23, 2017

Thankfully back onto single track trail, we had a nice day riding through pine and aspen trees. We even got to see a tiny bit of leftover snow. Both horses love taking mouthfuls of snow as they pass by. We got pretty close to the ski slopes in Flagstaff and it was funn...

May 22, 2017

Today was a very long (31 miles) ride. It was almost entirely on dirt road too which isn't my cup of tea. The miles just seem to drag slowly by when your horizon and view never change for hours.

We crossed through a few cattle ranches and ran into another little herd of...

May 21, 2017

We had a wonderfully easy 20 miles today. The trail was flat and crossed through some horse pastures. Takoda is always such a social butterfly and was eager to say hello. Most often the other horses are suspicious of his pack saddle and avoid him like the plague. Howev...

May 20, 2017

After making my caches yesterday, I headed back to start a new section of the trail just south of the entrance to the Grand Canyon and rode south for 22 miles. We got a pretty late start but made good time. At the beginning of our day we obviously rode under some sort...

May 19, 2017

After the rain of the night before, I took my time in the morning to let the sun do its work and dry us out.  We have a beautiful campsite here at Little Eldon Springs, with a big grassy meadow, and I was reluctant to get moving too early in the morning when the horses...

May 18, 2017

After a nice day off at a horse camp called Little Eldon Springs just outside of Flagstaff, we got back on the trail and covered 27 miles this day. Shyla absolutely power walked the whole way and was obviously enjoying the easy dirt trail. You know you have seen some r...

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