Orienteering1:59:44 4.71 mi (25:25 / mi) +405m20:04 / mi
Wow, first desert orienteering experience. At Rock Spring with leftover controls from last weekend that Tom and I went out to collect in.
Cacti are difficult! All over so it's just a constant dance around them and then there are the particularly evil cholla with their stick-and-become-fishhooks behavior. Had to take my shoes off twice because I just couldn't bear their attack into my skin with every step.
But, there are also some super cool things, like slot canyons and multi-color rock and fantastic visibility and the saguaro cacti which are impressive and don't really get in your way.
I totally was not in touch with the map at the beginning and flung myself way to far to get to the first control, which embarrassingly and due to mistakenly going through some dark green took a half hour, whoops! After that, I modified my plan to basically just include the controls I needed to get, not the ones Tom was in charge of, like my original plan, so did that. Even doing that was out far too long and was super dehydrated at the end, not good!
Orienteering53:30  3.49 mi (15:20 / mi) +199m13:01 / mi
After a lot of restoring water, an orange juice and an ice cream sundae (thanks goodness for the cafe there!), headed back out to pick up three of the controls for the adventure race. Got to see some new areas and then had my own adventure, coming back through the creek for fun, but initially missing the trail turn off back to the dirt road. Gosh-a-roni it is not easy.