The Highest Man in Arizona!!!

I have done it, I have become the highest man in Arizona!! Not Matt-Erra-High, I’m speaking of elevation!! Humphrey’s Peak no longer eludes me!! 12,633ft, and your boy Garret Zuppiger STANDS atop it!

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This is being written from a very dodgy hotel room in Page, AZ. I decided to treat myself to a nice shower and bed after having been outside for a week. The AC and fridge are both hot in here, and I didn’t dare go sub-covers last night in the bed.  With that said, Page is a good place to stay away from. People walk the streets at night here, and not like the people on 36th st. These people are a special blend of drunk indians and homeless old cowboys. It adds a lot to the the aura of the town. Also in Page, some of the most beautiful scenery on earth exists —– if one is able to ignore the power plants and huge electrical lines that go in every direction. On to the meat:

I had to leave Phoenix on August 17th. I put everything that I should need in my truck. It is very nice to not have many things to keep track of. Matt E sheltered me from the rain out in Vistancia and I got to say goodbye to Mrs. Ellen Erra, the sweetest lady in the world who is gone to China for two years. Big ups to my boy Big Bad John for lending me the Waldport Country Club card and setting me up with crab fishing gear!!

Sedona was the first stop. Uncle Jeff is always a delight! The guy has figured it out!! Did some fishing, brewery-ing, and blackberry picking.

We drove up to Pine and took my Great-Grandfather to dinner for his 87th birthday. A great generation he comes from. I must mention however that he was elated to receive a 30-pack of Miller Lite as a gift, and then proceeded to entertain Jeff and I with a detailed account of his “colonostraphe”.

I left Sedona for Flagstaff the next morning. Picked up some fruit and sandwich material and of course a Starbucks and headed for the mountain. The hike up was fantastic. The forest was very wet with the recent rains. I saw deer and made some friends from NC. The last 1500ft. of the hike took most of the effort. There is no air to be had at 12,000 ft. When I summited that SOB, I shared some wonderful blackberries that I had picked with a squirrel and some fellow hikers.

I came down the mountain, and headed straight for the Beaver St. Brewery in downtown Flagstaff. I read somewhere that beer must be constantly consumed whilst on the road, especially after a physically demanding hike to replenish the electrohydrates in your legs. *sidenote – I am also having a beer right now at 8:30AM while typing this. It is a 24oz. Mickey’s, it is cold, it is delicious…* Uncle Jeff met me up at the brewery, because he is a man who believes in beer as well.

Got in touch with Steve-O, and went deer hunting. I had no idea how sharp I look in full camo. My bud Steve can shoot a bow and arrow about a half-mile and hit his mark within a 1/16th inch tolerance. Modern day Robin Hood that moves through the forest with less than a whisper’s worth of noise. He is a deer’s worst nightmare.

We didn’t kill anything. Almost got trampled by one, car alarm scared another one, one guy shot an arrow over the highway at a deer and hit an SUV instead. It was a mess. Did drink quite a bit though and learned a bunch of things from Steve about the forest. Shout out to the Hudson women for the Venison Green Chile and Chicken Enchiladas!!! Best ever!!!

That brings me to Page.  I going to finish my breakfast beverage, and then head toward the canyon. I think I am going to skip my motel’s free continental breakfast, or maybe go get it and feed it to the street people of Page.

Next Stop: Point Sublime, Grand Canyon, AZ

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Steve Hudson
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 16:35:35

    Thanks for comin out with us this weekend. Always a good time with the Zuperintendent.

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  2. Elliott
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 16:47:02

    Real men hunt with a knife.

    Sounds like a great time. You know I love the Grand Canyon as much as anyone.

    Reply

  3. Hope Hudson
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 17:07:44

    Glad to hear you are enjoying yourself! Loved the update!! Made me laugh…..cant wait for the next one!

    Reply

  4. Lauren Feldman
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 17:25:44

    HI 🙂 I’m still very upset with you for blowing me off and not saying goodbye. On the other hand you write very beautifully. I could picture everything you were saying and the pictures look amazing. Not sure what else to say. I’m not even sure if you’ll get this message and if I filled out the leave a reply section correctly. lol. I’m sure you’re having a good time. I guess I’ll talk to whenever we get a chance to talk.

    ~Lauren~

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  5. Mom
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 04:09:25

    Awesome!! I feel as if I am there with you. I am so proud of you! I can only imagine how great it felt to reach the top of the mountain. I miss you lots but am excited to hear about your adventures. Enjoyed your story and the pictures are great. Stay safe and hope to see more soon. XOXOX

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  6. Forrest
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 15:14:07

    “Not Matt-Erra-High” – my favorite part

    Keep the updates coming, Homie.

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  7. jenni
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 18:15:56

    g-zupp…i love this sooo much!!! you are my own personal kerouac…keep it coming

    Reply

  8. bree
    Aug 27, 2010 @ 05:30:00

    great blog, call me anytime you need directions from barstow to palm springs, talk to you later

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  9. Fardo Farms
    Aug 28, 2010 @ 12:06:37

    Nice pictures dude! Keep up the good work. Keep us posted and when you check into the campsites, be sure to tell them you are there as a single camper so they. are aware of where you are. (maybe the good looking female rangers will share a beer with you!) Holding the Prescott job for you.

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  10. ohm
    Aug 28, 2010 @ 15:08:33

    Great blog Garret, I like the special spellings, colonastrophe! I got it. The pics are great and Grandpa and your Mom keep me updated on you and your adventures. Jeff called me too, to let me know how you were. In fact, he said you looked like shit after your big hike up Humphreys. Nana if good and says Hi to her Garret. Stay safe picture puzzle Love Ohm.

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  11. Uncle Jeff
    Sep 04, 2010 @ 07:18:35

    Wow, I love following your blog, nice job, keep it coming. I figured I better “pipe in”, since Fardo has jumped into the computer age. Stay safe on the rooad, and let me know when you land in Oregon, and if they need a civil engineer… UJ

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