@hikermor Hi.  Thanks for your reply and comments.  

RE: Arizona - Have you done any of the Arizona Trail?  I have done a part of the southern most section in the Huachuca Mountains.  My oldest son was stationed at Ft. Huachuca and we went out 3 times (from the Atlanta area) to visit him and his family.  I found the hiking to be very interesting and so different from the Appalachians.  Also, I've watched Chris Berry's youtube playlist on hiking the AZ Trail.  Like me, he films and shows the details of every section he hikes.  It looks like a VERY nice hike...

PoppaHiker