Virginia Burwell Morgan Mill 2013   Leave a comment

Life is all about how well we shift the gears.

Posted April 23, 2014 by Kenne Turner in Information

Bringing Peace of Mind   Leave a comment

Prickly Pear (1 of 1)-2 art III blog framedBringing Peace of Mind — Computer Painting by kenne

Purple and yellow

The Sonoran yin and yang

Bringing peace of mind.

– kenne

Hiking The Picacho Peak Trails   Leave a comment

Picacho Peak State Park Photos by kenne
(Click on any of the images to see a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Driving I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix you cannot miss Picacho Peak, a majestic rock monolith on the west-side of the Interstate. The site of Arizona’s only Civil War battle, involving a Union cavalry patrol from California with Confederate scouts from Texas, the peak has served as a landmark by travels for hundreds of years.


Azure Is To Blue As . . .   6 comments

Sun (1 of 1 ) - 2 When Azure Turnes To Gray. . . Gray Is To Black — Image by kenne

Azure is to blue
Some say, as gray is to black,
A safe blue color.

In the rainbow chart
Colors are not black and white,
Fifty shades of hue.

On this gray morning
The sun slowly touches,
Fifty shades of gray.

– kenne


Appalachian Mountain Club Hike Mt Wrightson In Madera Canyon   Leave a comment

Appalachian Mountain Club Hike Mt Wrightson In Madera Canyon — Images by kenne
(Click on any of the images to see larger view in slideshow format.)

This hike by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) was their last in the Tucson area. We are pleased to have been able to hike with them and share our (SCVN) knowledge and experience of hiking the trails of southern Arizona.

This is the last in a series of postings on the AMC visit to the Sonoran Desert, so let’s remember for a moment . . .

Let’s remember for a moment,
the trail head gatherings,
the greetings, the smiles,
the joy of another hike.

Let’s remember for a moment,
the steep climbs, the switchbacks,
the majestic views at the top,
the masterful returns.

Let’s remember for a moment,
the trail fellowship,
sharing who we are
and common interests.

Let’s remember for a moment,
the pools near mountain trails,
resting tired feet in the cold water,
watching others jump in.

Let’s remember the moment,
the hike alone ridges of granite
and the juxtapositions of water-loving
and drought-tolerating plants.

Let’s remember for a moment,
the rich biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert
which the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
illustrates through its ecological theater.

Let’s remember for a moment,
the images captured by
our mind’s eye,
lasting images to share.

Let’s remember for a moment,
that which we have added
to life’s experiences forming
a better understanding of self.

Let’s remember for a moment,
the desire, the drive to see 
what lies just over the next ridge,
on the other side of the mountain.

Let’s remember for a moment,
lots of mountains, few streams –
all dry this time of year, and my
turning back at the base of Old Baldy.

Let’s remember for a moment,
my friends from New England,
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome,
dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” *

– kenne

* Edward Abbey

Manly Legs In Manly Shorts   3 comments

SCVN Guides (1 of 1) Manly Pants_blog“Manly Legs In Manly Shorts” — Image by kenne

The latest WSJ men’s fashion headline:
“Men’s Cargo Pants Turn Refined for Spring:
No longer weighted down by its sloppy,
collegiate reputation.”

Seems that a Massachusetts bro
was mourning over, 
“retiring bigass
suburban dad cargo shorts.
Godspeed, old friend.”

Sounds like a personal problem
for those who walk The Halls of Ivy,
not the hiking trails of the
great outdoors.

“But there may be life in those pockets yet,”
proclaims the WSJ with a photo
of smooth-faced
young men in their
“debonair cargo pants.”

Give thanks, there is a god after all, 
but “with real New York attitude” –
this god’s east of the Hudson River.
Give thanks!

– kenne
(This one is for my hiking buddy, Jeff B.)

WSJ – Men’s Cargo Pants Turn Refined for Spring

Easter Along The Borderlands   1 comment

Spring Flower (1 of 1)-2 framed blogEaster Along the Borderlands — Image by kenne

When you’re at the mission
Sixty miles north of Nogales
And it’s Easter time too

It’s so easy to put on airs
At the place where
Father Kino drink the

Spring water that once was
Near the banks of the
Santa Cruz River.

On the first Friday after Easter
The Tohono O’odham of the
San Xavier Reservation

Conduct a candlelight parade
Just as the setting sun kisses
The white dove of the desert

Where she awaits the coming
of the
“Excellent Builder”
to complete the second tower.

 – kenne


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