Wednesday, January 11, 2017

More of Same

It's been awhile since I've posted.  I'm struggling with blogging about daily minutia when things are going to hell in a hand basket.  I personally think we're seeing the beginning of the end for this country.  The president elect's constant distortion of the facts and dismissals of the media and intelligence agencies will not do the country any good.  Paul Ryan is changing the way Congress works while we're all distracted by Twitter.  Six days ago, the House of Representatives passed a bill to make it easier to give away public lands - including the national parks.  I could keep going, but I think I will stop - until it gets worse.

So, there has been the usual; bike hike. 







We did call the wild life center about the injured hawk.  They've received many calls about him, and have been out to effect a rescue, but since he's still mobile they've not been able to find him.  The last time we saw him he was standing on the ground and not the fence.  That's not good. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wet New Years, More Hike and Bike

Greetings Earthlings.  How are you doing in this most fractious of years?  Jim and I both continue to wonder how did we get here?  I have R.E.M's song "It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)" stuck in my head.
After a wet weekend we went back out to the Alamo Springs Trail in the Tortolitas at Dove Mountain.  It was a very overcast day, none of my pictures were very good.  Here we have a photo of one of the rockier sections of the trail.  It's good for the proprioceptors.


We did an hour up, and it was enough.  It was a strenuous hour.


We turned around here.  It was enough hike!


Tuesday we biked the 32 mile loop.  It was so overcast that it felt like we were riding at night.  It was also cold.  We both started out wearing our thick fuzzy arm warmers.

Today, we were tired, and did a shorter loop up one side of the Santa Cruz and down the other.  This hurts my heart.  We saw this hawk sitting on the fence when we went north.  Then when we came south he was on the fence on the other side of the river.  Something is wrong with his wing.  There is just no way to get help to him.


So that's  what we've been up to.  Rain, hike, bike.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunny Palm Trees

After two days of rain, the sun has finally reappeared.  Happy we are about that.  I took this late this afternoon.


It was a slow day.  There was sleep deprivation last night due to our neighbors firing guns into the air until about 1:30 this morning.  Apparently Newton's Law of Gravity is not being taught in schools in the area.  Nothing hit the RV roof or the truck, so it's a win.  Last night was the worst New Year's so far.
Other than whining about the weather and the firearms, I have nothing of import to convey.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hiking the Tortolitas

We've been hiking.  Yesterday was from the Genser Trailhead up to the overlook.  It was a good hike. However, it's one we've done a lot lately.  Hidden and Bowen trails are full of rubble, and aren't that much fun for the feet.  That part of the mountains has a lot of pointy rocks that start to hurt after awhile.



Today was overcast and cool.  Jim and I have become such weather wimps, that we decided to hike again.  I suggested Pima Canyon, but Jim demurred, saying it's too rocky.  So, we went up to the Tortolitas at Dove Mountain, because it's much less rocky, right?  HAH!  Double HAH HAH HAH!  We headed out towards Lower Javelina, because it's not as steep as Upper Javelina.  We diverted to the Alamo Springs trail, deciding to do 20 minutes up.  It's so steep!  Much of the trail is piles of big rocks.  This is a benign section of the trail.  For some reason I didn't photograph the piles of rock.  Maybe I was afraid of falling off.


This is the view from where we turned around.  Closer in is the Dove Mountain resort.  Farther out are the mountains.  You can see how overcast it was.


Then we took the Lower Javelina trail.  There is more up on it than we remembered.  We haven't been out there since Christmas 2014.  Check out this saguaro.  There is a lot going on with this cactus.


Look at all of the arms on this guy.


It was a strenuous hike.  We're both feeling somewhat tired, my knees are yelping from all of the stepping up and stepping down.  It's interesting how different the Tortolitas are from the Tucson Mountains.  The Tortolitas have big round rocks, while the Tucson Mountains have small pointy rocks.
Have you seen the national weather forecast for late next week?  There's going to be a cold snap that affects all of the lower 48 states with the exception of southern Florida.  Should be interesting.  The article is here.