AZT l Day 7 l Mile 61.9 to Kentucky Camp l Steps 34,237 l Miles 14.8 l Total Miles 76.7 l Wx ☀️l WOTD l Gargantuan would be a good word to describe the the climb that started this day. 1400' over 2.8 miles doesn't sound bad, but holy guacamole batman, that will get yer blood bumping in the morning with the hot AZ sun beating down on you as you climb a south slope. But as they say, what goes up must come down. Down 1400', but over 12 miles. In the heat of the day I took a short siesta at Tunnel Spings. It was so soothing to lay at the base of a tree, looking up at the branches being swayed by the light wind. How could a person not catch 40 winks? The views continue to amaze. I am fascinated by a neon green that seems to coat many rock outcroppings, almost like by spray paint. The Santa Rita Mountains pops the AZT out from Casa Blanca Canyon and into a set of lowland hills. Nice, gentle hiking for a change. Today marked the first night hike. The last 2 miles into Kentucky Camp were covered after the sun sunk below the mountains. With only a little illumination from the moon, my headlamp led the way along the trail. And I was only spooked once by what was only the shadow cast by a dead tree. Passage 5 of the AZT will end tomorrow as the trail continues through the Los Calinas passage.
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Our clients in Bellasera sent us this video of two great horned owl chicks in the saguaro across the street from their home.