I had been anticipating Arizona Trail Days for months. At first I was counting down to it because we had such a blast at it last year. Then once I started realizing that making Blaine's thru-hiking dream was an actual reality, I saw AZT Days as a place where I could safely meet fellow hikers and announce our wild plans. Kind of like our coming out! Iron and Sour Patch are here to join the Thru-Hiking Class of 2020! We were welcomed with open arms. It isn't every day that a kid becomes hiker trash (this is a good thing, if you don't know hiker lingo).
We got to see our good friends, talk to many new faces, hang out with llamas, and get a lot of good trail advice from Darwin (not that one, I bet that I would have had more deep rooted questions for the other dude). We also got to do a little trail magic of our own with a thru-hiker we met! I cannot wait until next year!