With our departure date from Green Valley in sight, we’ve amped up our activity level. All of the sudden, there are a million things we want to get done before we leave. One would think that we would have this figured out by now, but we do the same thing every year.
So, we’ve had an assortment of bike rides and hikes that we’ve done nearly every day. I haven’t taken many photos, as most of these are rides and hikes we’ve done and photographed before.
But, Caroline and I did find a few new sights on a hill-climbing ride a couple of weeks ago. Only in AZ will you find someone who is using a Saguaro cactus skeleton painted purple as a mailbox post.We also passed this sign on the road that goes up to an old cattle ranch.Every day has been hot and sunny. Perfect blue skies, and no rain in sight. Now, don’t all of you in snowy climes get all agitated with me, but it’s actually been too hot. Up in the mid 80s in the afternoon, which is just too much. We have had to close up the Fireball and turn on our little air conditioner when we want to leave Jezzy for an afternoon. Never have we had to do that at this time of year before.
We’ve done one of our favorite hikes up to Rogers Rock twice this month. It’s an easy 5.5 mile hike, with a spectacular lunch spot at the halfway point. Love this hike! The RV park where we are currently camped has a hiking group, and I joined them for a hike to a new spot (for me). We started from the Gordon Hirabayashi Campground on Mt. Lemmon. The campground is the site of the prison camp where Hirabayashi was jailed for refusing to go to one of the internment camps for Japanese-Americans in WWII. Although the buildings there no longer exist, we hiked down into the old reservoir and along the water supply system for the old prison. The campground is a much more pleasant option. The hike itself was unremarkable, but it passed through beautiful Sycamore Canyon.
We stopped to admire some of the many Century plants (Agave Americana). Century plants don’t live to be a hundred years old – 10 to 30 years is the norm. In their last seasons, they send up a tall seed stalk. The last significant hike I did was in the gorgeous Sabino Canyon area of the Catalina Mountains. The Seven Waterfalls trail was our choice of the many hiking options that day. It’s an 8.2 mile trek, along a trail which crosses the same stream about seven times. The stream crossings are fun, but treacherous on the slippery rocks. We came across one 70+ year old woman who had slipped on the rocks, and was unable to hike back out under her own power. Another helpful hiker was phoning 911 to arrange a rescue. We wondered aloud if she would be helicoptered out, or how assistance would be provided. The answer – horseback rescue. We hiked to the spectacular falls, had lunch, and encountered the rescue operation upon our return. Three horses, about a dozen rescue folks from various organizations – Park Rangers, plus at least two different search and rescue organizations. About six vehicles had hauled the rescuers up the road as far as they could go, and they covered the last two miles on foot. So interesting to see…..I think the rescued woman was pretty certain that her foot wasn’t broken, and seemed to be putting up an argument against being taken to the hospital. I’m sure this was a pretty costly hike for her.
For us, it was a terrific hike with lots of beauty. It’s one I would happily revisit every year.There are seven cascading falls at the high point of the hike, with plenty of water rushing down. Hard to find a more pleasant lunch spot, although it was jammed with other hikers on this warm weekday.We’re excited to be hitting the road again, heading to places in California we’ve not visited together yet – Big Sur, Monterrey, San Francisco, Redwoods National Park. Our new axle will be installed Tuesday morning as we leave Tucson. John has been busy with other repairs and modifications, making the Fireball as roadworthy as she can possibly be.
Ready to roll.