Summer on the Mountains. Stay Cool!

Butterfly Trail

Mount Lemmon School may have started in some areas already, but there is still plenty of summer left to cool off atop Mt. Lemmon. Mt. Lemmon is a 365 day vacation getaway. Snow in the winter and a cool respite from the sweltering desert heat in the summer. Those of … Continue reading

Hiking the Tucson Mountains

Tucson Mountain Park

New Year’s 2016, it being a holiday weekend, Ms. Rosemary and I, Ms. Karen, decided to stay away from the more popular hiking trails and try the Yetman Trail from the west entrance, located at the Southwest end of the Tucson Mountains. Years ago, our first encounter with the Yetman … Continue reading

AllTrails.com: A Useful Resource

yetman-map

We recommend that hikers subscribe to National Geographic’s AllTrails.com. There is a Free version and a PRO version for $29.95 in 2016. The advantage of the PRO version is that you can print off maps and download them to your phone, for use online or offline use. The maps feature … Continue reading

Hiking in the Tortolita Mountains

Lower Javelina

On a sunny but cool day in December, Ms. Rosemary and I were invited by Toby Parks, Tourism & Marketing Manager for Marana, to join her on an exploratory hike through the Tortolita Mountains just north of Tucson. This was to be an introductory hike of 3-4 miles in an area … Continue reading

Hike to Picture Rocks Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs at Picture Rocks

This past weekend Ms. Rosemary and I (Ms. Karen) went for a hike in search of the Picture Rocks petroglyphs not far off Picture Rocks Road in the Tucson Mountains. Jim and I had heard about them for 12 years, but we never could pinpoint exactly where they were. Perhaps … Continue reading

Ajo, AZ: A Small Town With A Big Back Yard

Ajo public art

Ajo? To my under-educated mind, Ajo was just a little Sonoran Desert burg somewhere way, way west of Tucson. Having spent a recent (October 2015) weekend there, I have a far greater appreciation of this place that Ajo-ites refer to as “A Small Town With A Big Back Yard”. And … Continue reading

A Summer Picnic At Carr Canyon

Reef Townsite Campground high above Carr Canyon.

(July 2015) As we often do in the heat of summer, last Sunday we headed for higher elevation. Carr Canyon is just south of Ramsey Canyon and a lot less crowded than Mt. Lemmon. For a second year in a row, we picnicked at Reef Townsite Campground near the top … Continue reading