It’s hot! And I’ve escaped to the Apache Junction library…which has been closed for three days to celebrate President’s Day!!!
Need to back up about 10 days!
It’s Saturday night and we are in the middle of the fiberglass rally at Quartzsite. Complaining of pain, David asks me to look at his back. Huge red whelps run in a band around his torso. Not sure, I tell him that it looks like shingles! I lie awake in the morning hours wondering what to do?
Apache Junction is 3 plus hours away. There will be doctors, a campground and his daughter’s home close by. By noon, after saying bye to friends, we are heading back to Lost Dutchman State Park…..our place to go when we are sick and need to heal!!!
Monday is spent at a quick care facility…David does indeed have shingles! Prescriptions procured, we head back to the park.
I decide that Tuesday will be my day to hike Siphron Draw….the trail that has been calling me. I was too sick to hike it on our last visit two weeks ago. David is content to sleep and take his meds.
It’s two miles and 1000 feet elevation gain to make it to the Basin…the trail climbs another mile and another 2000 feet past the Basin to get to the Flat Iron. I know the later is out of the question, but can I make it to the Basin?
It was 10 o’clock before I get on the trail…too late…the sun is already brutal. It is all up! By 11 I am resting frequently and wonder if I can hike until noon, my intended turn around time.
The rocks loom over me…their energy pulling me up closer.
The campground disappears as I climb higher.
This is looking west toward Phoenix.
And I look up at the Flat Iron…..named after our great grandmother’s iron…the kind heated by the fire.
I am exhausted! Finding a shady spot..no easy feat…I stop and snack. The last hiker said I am less than a quarter mile from my destination. Taking inventory of my energy level, there is no more climbing left in my body. A couple of Canadians rest with me and continue their climb. I start down, marveling that I made it as far as I did.
The two young men from Quebec surprised me on the way down. They said I had quit only three minutes from the Basin…it was only another short climb! Oh well…another year!
I am running out of time again! It’s one hour to sunset and Darkness.
Going to publish and promise to finish the saga within 48 hours!