Snow in southern Arizona! Pathetic eh? But at least it’s much more manageable & easy to trek through…
Last year under one of the brightest full moons, a group of us hiked the Pima Canyon Trail. While it was fairly bright, the dark shadows that were cast everywhere were a little spooky. On Sunday, we decided to do this hike again (during the day this time) since it’s fairly close.
Near the trail head, the trip starts by taking you under a bridge.
Every year Tucson has a Family Festival at Reid Park in which Reid Park Zoo has free admission and businesses gather together with food, games and promotions for the locals. I did some photography that day as part of a promotion & before I left for the day, a buddy & I couldn’t resist stopping at the zoo.
Exploring the ghost town of the Vulture City Mine near Wickenburg, Arizona:
Have you ever stayed in a haunted hotel? We hadn’t until this weekend! Built in 1898, the Copper Queen Hotel is one of Arizona’s longest running hotels. Some guests there have been dead for years.
We debated on traveling to Phoenix for a similar hike but because we were dining at my boss’s home later that evening, we decided to stay near by. The great thing about Picacho is that while it’s a short hike, it’s still intense because most of the way is a steep elevation gain/loss. It makes for an awesome workout. Luckily we are in great shape.
Atop the summit!
Every quarter, the Land Rover group has an off roading adventure. This quarter’s event led us up Rice Peak for a BBQ & a mini mine exploration.
We’re still amazed at how far you can see out in Arizona! In Washington, the view is usually limited by trees & rain clouds.
Feeling a bit homesick for Washington, we decided to spend a bit of time amongst the trees on Mount Lemmon (I know that sounds hippy-ish, but when you go from living in the very luscious, green state of Washington where almost everywhere you look is either an endless ocean or an endless ocean of fir trees to dry, desert-like Arizona… you’ll understand).
Mount Lemmon is always about 20° cooler than the rest of Tucson so we went on an easy 7 mile hike along the Butterfly Trail. Bits of the trail where REALLY dusty but it was surrounded by grass, ferns & green TREES. My calves ended up more brown than usual & my socks were no longer white when we got home.
Can you tell I’ve missed seeing REAL trees?
We were told that people who go camping in Sedona at around this time end up turning into icicles… (20°F/-6°C) so instead of driving 4 hours for frost bite, we decided to stay local & camp on Mount Lemmon.
Here are a few pictures from our weekend of fire, food, games, embarrassing stories & getting in touch with mother nature:
Setting up a roof for our heads.