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Sunday, November 09, 2008
800-mile trek "validating," Jackson says.
Traveling 800 miles across the state on horseback can do a lot to an individual.
For Dr. Ken Jackson, Molly Johnson and Kevin Morgan, the experience of following the Arizona Trail has changed them. They have learned more about themselves and each other than they ever have in the past.
"It's very validating for myself," Jackson said. "I'm different, even though I didn't expect to be."
Joined by family and friends during various parts of the 800-mile Arizona Trail, the three rode continuously for six weeks.
Part of the purpose of the trip was to honor the Arizona Trail, Jackson said.
"It's a magnificent state," Jackson said. "It's a magnificent trail."
Jackson, 60, has his own medical practice in Kingman and is known as the Cowboy Baby Doctor. During the last 30 years, he has served the Apache Tribe on the Whiteriver Reservation, the Hualapai Tribe at Peach Springs and the Havasupai Tribe in the Grand Canyon.
Jackson has known Morgan for more than 10 years. The pair had talked about making the voyage from the Utah border to the Mexico border for the past eight years, Jackson said.