Archive for the ‘Hiking’ Category

Rancho Fundoshi Above Bear Canyon Creek   Leave a comment

Rancho Fundoshi Above Bear Canyon Creek — Images by kenne

“Where I was born and where and
how I have lived is unimportant.
It is what I have done with where I
have been that should be of interest.”

— Georgia O’Keeffe

In Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, if you hike to Seven Falls, you walk the Bear Canyon road to Bear Canyon trail,
which crosses the Bear Canyon creek seven times. South of the trailhead sets a house on a cliff above the creek
outside the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Since 2010, I have hiked to Seven Falls several times and may
have noticed the house but was more focused on the hike. 

Yesterday, a group of us older, now slow hikers hiked the newly paved Bear Canyon road to the Bear Canyon trailhead,
taking a trail south to get a better view of the house on the cliff, where I took a few images of the house.
After discussing the possible owners, I decided to do a Google search once I got home. I first did a drag & drop
in Google Images with no match. So, started a Google search using a few descriptors. I learned that
about 65 years ago, Jack Segurson, a local high school wrestling, and swimming coach and teacher from the 1950s
into the late 1980s, bought the 151-acre property that he lived on, cherished, and mold into a
naturalist’s paradise — it became become his legacy. 

Segurson died at age 90 in 2011, and soon afterward, an appraiser valued his land at $3.9 million.
He left the property to The Nature Conservancy with restrictions that it never be sold or developed.
The Nature Conservancy donated the property, which Segurson named “Rancho Fundoshi,” a fundoshi
is a Sumo wrestler’s loincloth to Pima County. The Pima County Regional Flood Control District
manages the property as open space and owns and manages other lands along Bear Canyon
and Sabino Canyon as part of its riparian habitat and upper watershed preservation program.

— kenne

Stumble On   Leave a comment

Hiking Shoes — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Stumble On

My hiking shoes rest in the garage

Next to the hiking poles, yet

I continue to stumble on — 

Stumble on down life’s path.

A life of jogging, enduring pain

Followed by a decade of hiking

Enduring pain in an old man’s body,

Yet I continue to stumble on —

Stumble on down life’s path

Trying not to let a stumble

Become a fall on life’s path.

— kenne

 

The Woods Do That To You . . .   1 comment

Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all.
The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost,
like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream,
like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water,
most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or
past manhood and all the living and the dying and the
heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds
as they pass overhead seem to testify
(by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.”

–Jack Kerouac

Spring Flowers Along The Trail   Leave a comment

Spring Flowers Along The Trail — Image by kenne

“I dream of a quiet man
who explains nothing
and defends nothing,
but only knows where
the rarest wildflowers
are blooming…”

— Wendell Berry

Spring Break At Seven Falls   Leave a comment

Spring Break At Seven Falls in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area — HDR Image by kenne

May my feet always touch the earth

Stretching from the desert to the mountains

While I’m still able to hike on the rocks

Made by fire and time.

— kenne

 

Hiking To Romero Pools   Leave a comment

Hiking To Romero Pools in the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Hiking provides opportunities to be present in the moment

becoming emotionally attached to nature.

— kenne

 

The Pause   Leave a comment

“The Pause” (The Wave Vermilion Cliffs National Monument) — HDR Image by kenne

Time to pause

Time to feel moments

Time to be.

— kenne

Hiking In The Santa Catalina Mountains   Leave a comment

Hiking In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

These regal,
sky islands exist,
unique, and vast, ​
unmatched diversity
raising summits
a sun sparkling
through the canyon
guiding hikers
to conquests
we aspire.

— kenne

A Fall Hike   Leave a comment

A Fall Hike In the Sonoran Desert — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Fields of gold
more beautiful
than any mineral

Strike it rich
it’s out there
to be found

There’s more
I know, just
keep on hiking

Over the hills
through meadows
of golden magic

— kenne

Aspen Draw Fall Colors   Leave a comment

Aspen Draw Trail On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

You should always know when

you’re shifting gears in life.

You should leave your era,

it should never leave you.

— Leontyne Price

 

Western Diamondback On The Defence   1 comment

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake On The Defence — Image by kenne

With desert temperatures in the upper 40s at night and low 80s during the day,
it’s not uncommon to see these guys along the trail getting some sun
before moving on as they look for food.
This guy was a little bothered as we approached.
However, he was kind enough to let us know. 

— kenne

Neutral Touches Interwoven   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

I am a lone raven high
above the canyon wall
circling up, then down
as hikers make their way
on the old mule trail up
to a series of switch-backs
opening into a meadow
where many options prevail
going east, going west
before turning back north
to the mountain called Lemmon.

I am a lone raven blessed
to fly above other mortals
circling up, then down
but still, I work hard to fly
seeing images of life below
inspiration of an alien being
a curious extrovert, I call out
taken as a signal by some
just a lot of noise by others
still unnoticed by others
neutral touches interwoven.

— kenne

Chasing Life’s Horizons   Leave a comment

Hiking Rock Creek Trail (August 6, 2006) — Images by kenne

Chasing Life’s Horizons

Ain’t nothing better

than hiking through

a window in the sky —

the air is fresh,

the sky is blue,

a magical mystery

in a world of horizons

far as the eye can see.

Chased by every hiker,

a vision soon left behind

only to be replaced

by another, another 

magical mystery.

— kenne

Rock Creek is a beautiful Eastern Sierra backcountry canyon in the John Muir Wilderness (Jerry, George, and Kenne, August 6, 2006)

“Art is the funnel, as it were, through which spirit is poured into life.”

― Thomas Mann

Mt. Lemmon Columbine   1 comment

Mt. Lemmon Columbine — Image by kenne 

I hold no preference among flowers,

so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.

— Edward Abbey

Santa Catalina Indian Paintbrush   1 comment

Santa Catalina Indian Paintbrush — Image by kenne

Love is like wildflowers;
It’s often found in the most unlikely places.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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