1) We practiced packing our backpack. Which takes skill. You have to disperse the weight a certain way so it helps with balance and comfort. And you have to seriously use some muscle to get your gear compact! (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clothes, tent, water, and any other supplies needed).
2) Hiking in Tucson has it's challenges. Most of the trails are very steep and rocky. Now adding extra weight? All of a sudden 11 miles is no joke!
Here are a few photos we took along the way!
It was a beautiful morning, as there was a storm passing through the canyon!
The desert is so green right now with the plentiful rains that January brought. (Green for the desert)
A few things I learned on this hike:
- I am super excited for more backpacking trips ahead!
- I need to stop being stubborn, and listen to my husband at the beginning and take breaks. It's best to stop every 1-1.5 miles, and take off your pack for a few seconds and stretch out. 2 hours into the hike, I quickly understood why....
- My ankles and lower back need to get stronger.