Tony and Hannah who were part of the Voyageur Crew for the past two years have a spring break tradition. Every year they go on an overnight hike with a group of their friends. This year Matt and Cassidy, current Voyageur Crew members joined them for the adventure along with JR, Rose and Ryan also past Voyageur Crew.
What is missing from the equation? ME! It sounds like a great group of people to go hiking with.
This year they are hiking in the Superstition Mountains near Phoenix, Arizona. This area is quite different than hiking in Boundary Waters!
The Superstitions are the largest of the mountain ranges surrounding Phoenix, visible from many miles away along the straight roads through the suburbs east of Mesa. They rise steeply above the flat desert to a high point of 5,024 feet, and are characterized by sheer-sided, jagged, volcanic peaks and ridges separated by boulder-filled canyons, all covered by saguaro at low elevations, with other cacti and bushes higher up. Trees are found only at scattered locations, at springs or beside streamways. Early settlers named the hills on account of the many myths and stories told by the local Pima/Apache Indians about the mountains, and tales such as the fabled Lost Dutchman gold mine.
I’m not sure how many miles they plan to hike or their exact route but I’m sure it will be tough. Last year found them swimming through some freezing cold water during their voyage to the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. This is what I love about our Voyageur Crew members, always up for a new wilderness adventure.