Hi, All. Sorry it's been a while, but I find that I have little time to goof off, here.
Anyway, my deployment ends in January 2012. At some point in the couple of months after that I get post-deployment block leave. I have a trip planned with the family, but I'll still have more time.
So, anyone have good recommendations for a 100-mile-ish hike in March? I figured now was a good time to ask, since folks may have recently been out hiking.
Here are some thought's I've had so far:
Not a hike- but paddling part or all of the Wilderness Waterway in Everglades NP is on my life list, and best done in winter or fringe seasons. I might be able to pull off February instead of March. It's expensive thought, what with travel to Florida, renting a kayak, and hiring a shuttle. A hike within driving distance of Colorado would be much cheaper and more wife-friendly.
Sections 1 and 2 of the Hayduke Trail are 88 miles nicely split by a stop in Moab, and I could mope around Needles longer to fill it out if needs be. Most folks say to start that hike in March. Skurka makes a map/info bundle, so research is easy. I'm still reading the trail guidebook to see if any other sections look good.
White Rim Road in Canyonlands is about 100 miles. It could be done as a big loop, leaving your car at the visitor's center. Downside- almost all of it isn't a trail, it's a road used by 4WD enthusiasts and mountain bikers.
That early in the year I figured that any truly interesting hikes in the Grand Canyon would be treacherous, but if anyone has recommendations I'm all ears.
It may be a while until I can check this tread again, so don't get discouraged if I take a while to respond. But this trip is important to me, coming as it will after a 1-year deployment in Afghanistan.
Big Hug! (Even Rog)