Taking Paths Less Traveled

Joyful Hiker. Mother. Teacher. Adventurer.

Today I headed out to Flagstaff, Arizona to pick up equipment to go kayak-camping. Having kayaked several times before, and backpacked, this seems to be a pretty good combo of two things I love to do!

We will launch tomorrow at Bluff, UT which is about 3 hours from Flagstaff. From there, we’ll head down the San Juan River to Mexican Hat. I’m hoping to get a glimpse of the mountain sheep, especially since I’ve been told it is lambing season.

On the way here we saw an antelope with huge horns, and, sadly, a massive elk that had been hit by a car. 🥺

The San Juan River is said to be a lot like the Grand Canyon. We should see some Petroglyphs and other artifacts along the way.

Packing for this trip was a little different than for backpacking, but barely. I was able to use a smaller pack because we will have a raft accompanying us along the way. This means that all my food and gear can be kept in the raft and since we are sharing food and equipment, I didn’t need to pack my big backpacking pack.

What is slightly different is that my sleeping gear, clothes and other equipment needed to be kept in dry-sacks. And, I got to bring my full-sized camping chair which normally only gets to come on car camping trips! Lol.

Maybe the best part is how seamlessly my backpacking knowledge has helped me prepare for this trip. I’ve got a good idea of which clothes I needed and which personal items I wanted to bring. Everything fits nicely since I’ve got a system of stacking stuff-sacks.

Depending on how this trip goes, my outdoor adventure equipment may soon include a kayak to hoist on top of my Outback!

Entering Flagstaff area is just beautiful!

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