Daily miles 18
Total miles 128
Camp elevation 3000 feet
Warm night again last night . We could hear the coyotes calling at each other as we drifted off to sleep. Sky full of stars again.
Early start at 6:40am. Beautiful morning walking to La Posta Quemada. It was easy walking and we could take in the mountains in the distance as the sun lit them up.
We saw our first Suguaro cacti this am. They are huge. They are the classic cactus that is seen on Arizona license plates. La Posta Quemada had our mail drops, but the cafe was not open today (much to our disappointment). We had hoped to get a ride to a motel and take a half day off, but that was not in the cards either. We lounged for over three hours at the shaded picnic tables and were able to do some sock laundry.
We hiked out of La Posta at peak warm hours…. We were pretty much tired of sitting around. The hike was exposed but good walking. At Seville picnic area, we took another long break for over an hour. It was shaded, and had a tap with water. Did some calisthenics, looked at some trip planning info and then headed out.
Since we do not have permits to sleep in the Suguaro National Park, we hiked another 9 miles from La Posta and are camped at the last water source before the park boundary. We are camped down in the wash right next to the water. It isn’t much of a Canyon so we don’t expect the katabatic effect to be too much. Beautiful spot.
*hammocking – near I 10, it would be possible to hammock in the trees down in the small canyon close to the AZT. About 1 mile after La Posta and up through LA Seville picnic area, there are trees to Hammock. Also some trees about a half mile before the park boundary .