Category: Uncategorized

Welcome to fatherhood.

Greetings! I’m back. After about a 6-7 month hiatus from this dear blog of mine, I am finally able to dedicate some time to it. My last entry was essentially the day that I stopped my Hayduke Trail thru hike on the South Rim…

Hayduke Route 36th day: 20 miles/530 total. Goodbye Bryce’s Under the Rim Trail. Hello again GSENM!

Nobody was lost today. We all made sure we stayed within eye and ear shot. There was alot of climbing and descents and despite all the downhills, we actually topped out at 9000 feet near Rainbow Point, which is where the Under the Rim…

Hayduke Route 35th day: 20(+4) miles/510 total. Goodbye Tropic. Hello Bryce Canyon!

Finally we are back on trail after two zeros in Tropic. Why two zeros? Well, we had planned to leave on Friday the 20th of April, but a snowstorm rolled into the area, leaving us no choice but to stay in town one more…

Hayduke Route 26th day: 15.6 miles/362.7 total. Goodbye Escalante. Hello Kaiparowits Plateau. Into the Heart of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Today was a tough day, both emotionally and physically. I’m not gonna lie, I was considering going home with my wife instead of continuing the trail. I even asked her, “Do you want me to go home?” She essentially said, yes and no. I…

Hayduke Route 20th day: 16.3 miles/297 total. Enter Lower Muley Twist Canyon and Halls Creek

Capitol Reef National Park is really an undiscovered gem. While people race to see the more famous Southern Utah National Parks (Zion, Bryce, and Arches), they often times overlook Capitol Reef National Park. This park is for backpacker’s and it is best explored on…

Hayduke Route 18th day: 17.5 miles/ 270.7 total. Totonka Leads the Way. Goodbye Henry’s. Hello Tarantula Mesa

Was that cattle herd or a buffalo herd we heard last night? We don’t know but the rumble sounded thunderous. I was wondering if sleeping next to this spring was unwise. Being that it was cold last night and morning, as we were still…

Hayduke Route 17th day: 21 miles/263.3 total. Into the Henry Mountains.

After a delicious breakfast at Blondie’s Restaurant, we proceeded to wait for Jared for a ride, but i think he had forgotten or perhaps something came up. We ended up offering the ATV rental place owner across the street $20 for the ride back…

Hayduke Route 16th day: 0 miles. Hanskville Zero in full effect

Today was a zero day, meaning we did no hiking today. Zero miles. Period. Well, maybe we walked 1.5 miles today, just to the restaurants, grocery store, post office, and gas station. Essentially, it was an R&R day and a well deserved one for…

Hayduke Route 15th day (April 1, 2018) Happy Easter and April Fools! 4.5 miles today/242.2 miles total. Hello Hanskville!

Today was a legit nero. With less than five miles to highway 95, our link to civilization, we hurried ourselves, arriving there by 0915. The good news was that our friend Sonya had arranged for us to get a ride from the hotel caretakers….

Hayduke Route 13th day: 20 mile day/220 miles total. Miles on map are actually longer on foot: Dragging ass to the Dirty Devil

There was something about today that really made me hurt. I am tired. We are tired. My feet and my ankle stabilizer muscles are sore. Maybe it was the 20 miles over rough cross country desert terrain. Or maybe it’s the fact that we’ve…