Friday, January 23, 2015

On Walkabout in Tucson

This morning we were up and out for a follow up appointment at my doctor's office.  She's pretty far north, so we had planned to take our hiking stuff and go on out to the Tortolitas afterwards.  Unfortunately, someone (who shall remain nameless) forgot his hiking shirt.  So, we came home.  It was still surprisingly chilly.
We decided to take the new Modern Streetcar into downtown so we could walk around.  We parked at the Mercado Agustin to get on the streetcar.  Look at this picture of Jim.  He's wearing a jacket.  This never happens. 
 

We saw this on the ground downtown.  I'm not sure if he was dead or just cold.  Hopefully no one will step on him.


The Tucson Center for the Performing Arts started off life as a church.  It's been closed since 1999 due to structural issues.  The downtown arts community would love to see it reopened, but it will require a large application of money.  It's a really pretty building.


Is this not a cheerful court yard?


This is some of my favorite neon.  Lawyers occupy the building now.  It would be nice if they'd getting it working again. 


We walked up to the U of A campus from downtown.  It was a pretty good hike.  We happily got back on the street car to return to the Mercado; but then there was this.  The street car route is basically an out and back, it's not a giant loop.  When someone rear ends the street car in front of your street car, all forward movement stops.  Apparently two or three cars were involved in a chain reaction, resulting in a rear ender.


The sedan with its doors open pushed the other car into the street car.


Yep, there was contact.


What we found interesting was that there were 8 or so transit guys standing around looking at all of this.  There were no police and no one seemed to be in a hurry to clear the vehicles off the tracks.  The street cars drive in the traffic lanes, so if there are stopped cars, they are stopped, too.  The nice driver suggested that we'd do better to start walking, so we did.  We got bonus miles!  That accident will bollox up the schedule for all of the street cars until they clear the area.  We felt bad for the large group of well dressed people waiting at the stop near the Mercado. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

More Hiking, More Biking in Tucson

Greetings from the desert.  Decent weather has returned and happy we are about that.  While we were waiting for the blustery winds to abate there was hiking.  We returned to the recently discovered hike in the Tucson mountains last Thursday.  Here is Jim, ascending a steep bit of the trail.


We continued on past the point of stopping last time, and walked along a ridge to the very end of the trail.  This is what you see at the end.  There is a pretty steep drop off at that point.


Someone left this wedged in the rocks, there are pencils and a notebook so one can record that one was there.  We dutifully left an entry and put it back.


There's a fair amount of land out here.  One wonders why there couldn't be a few more trails built.



The sun was dropping behind where we had been and was lighting up the rocks a little.


In addition to hiking there has been riding.  Today we did the Santa Cruz trail to the Rillito trail to Mountain and back loop.  We were heading up the trail when we were buzzed by this guy.  He landed in front of us and sat still long enough for a photograph.  He is a big hawk.


After the hawk flew away, we looked up and were surprised to see a P3 Orion.  It's a submarine hunter.  Why is it here?


This is a structure along the trail.  There is a circle of these brick things, sort of like Stonehenge.  It's a good place for a nosh and some conversation.


Today's key learning is to not ride through the UofA campus at the quarter to the hour.  It was wall to wall moving people and bicycles, heading out to their next class. I think my reflexes are not as fast as they were, dodging bikes, people, cars and the street car was challenging.
Other that this, I have zippity-doo-dah to offer up in a post.  We need to go somewhere so I have pictures of new stuff.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wild Skies in Tucson

This is what we saw this morning.  Fog!  In Tucson!  The temperature equaled the dew point, and we had really dense fog.


Later, it cleared up and we had a beautiful day.  It was not that warm, so we headed for a hike in the the Tucson Mountain Park via the Sarasota Blvd entrance.  The sky was just amazing.



We saw a bunny in the brush.


We still wonder why this wall exists.  On the other side is a sandy wash at the level of the top of the wall.  This required a fair amount of effort to create.  What???


On the way back it started looking ominous.  Rain was not in the forecast, but still ....


More ominousness.






Isn't that the most amazing sky?  We got back to the truck before the weather reached us.  It rained pretty heavily on the way home and in the RV park.  After a couple of hours it all moved east and it returned to being a beautiful day.  The weather this winter has just been weird.  It's supposed to be back in the 70's in a couple of days, and I am looking forward to that.
Other than this, I have nothing interesting to report.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

We're Out of Food Again

Well, I see it has been several days since a post.  I hate when I do that, we forget what we've been doing.  The calendar reveals there were a couple of doctor's appointments.  There was also a rainy day, which I will not complain about given the weather the rest of the country is enduring.
Friday I had an outpatient procedure which required anesthesia and intubation.  I will say I was impressed with the surgery center's approach to pain management.  There was IV morphine accompanied by oral percoset immediately upon awakening.  Yeah baby!
We did a short ride Saturday, but I was pretty tired and slow on the bike.  Today was better, we rode the trail out to Camino de Oeste.  The Ironwood Hill still kicks my butt some, but I definitely was riding stronger.
It's been windy.  In addition to rain, we also have much higher humidity.  We've had clouds in the afternoons.  The humidity has been nice, our fingers aren't cracked as they have done in past years.



Tomorrow we must go to the grocery store.  We hate doing that because of the current flu epidemic sweeping through Tucson.  One wonders if we should lay in a stack of surgical masks for shopping trips.   I really do not want the flu.
Other than this paltry offering, maties, I have nothing of interest to offer.  Perhaps we'll go somewhere to provide some blog fodder.