After learning about the Grand Enchantment Trail from listening to The Trail Show podcast, I was intrigued to discover it passes only a few miles from my house. The trail goes between Phoenix and Albuquerque, passing by several locations that have good memories with me and my family. The summer of 2016 is already reserved for finishing the CDT, but perhaps 2017 will be my year to thru-hike the GET. But I cannot resist spending a week on the trail near where I live, to try out the maps and GPS waypoints and get a feel for the trail.
My solar panel failed on the first day, so I had to conserve cell phone power and could not write a daily blog. But here is a slideshow of the trip starting in Monticello, NM on September 20, 2015, and ending in Polvadera, NM, on September 26, just five miles from my house.