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Mallard Duck At Hutch’s Pool   Leave a comment

Mallard Duck Hutch's Pool-Edit-2-72Mallard Duck At Hutch’s Pool In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Hutch’s Pool is a small body of water that contains water year-round, located 8 miles for the Sabino Canyon  Visitor Center. Most people hiking to Hutch’s Pool will take the tram up to stop 9, thereby reducing the 16-mile roundtrip by 7.5 miles. The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) usually schedule a group hike twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. The hike provides very nice views
of upper Sabino Canyon,
images of which I have shared many times on this blog. This time I decided to share a photo of this male mallard duck few years back.

— kenne

Esperero Trail In Sabino Canyon   1 comment

Esperero Trail in Sabino Canyon-72Esperero Trail In Sabino Canyon — Panorama by kenne

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

— T. S. Eliot

What’s In The Brown Bag?   3 comments

Elderly Navajo WomanElderly Navajo Woman — Image by Laura Gilpin

A hiking buddy shared the following:

“For all of us who are married, were married, wish you were married, or wish you  weren’t married, this is something to smile about the next time you see a bottle of wine:

Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road.

As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride.

With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.

Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman.  The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally.

‘What’s in the bag?’ asked the old woman.

Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, ‘It’s a  bottle of wine.  I got it for my husband.’

The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two.  Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an  elder,
she said:

‘Good trade . . . . . ‘”

— kenne

Pondering the Hiking Moments On The Trail   Leave a comment

Hikers Taking A Water Break-Edit-1-Edit-1-72Pondering the Hiking Moments On the Trail — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Pondering the Hiking Moments

Let’s remember for a moment . . .

The trailhead gatherings,
the greetings, the smiles,
the joy of another hike.

The steep climbs, the switchbacks,
the majestic views at the top,
the masterful returns.

The trail fellowship,
sharing who we are
and common interests.

The pools near mountain trails,
resting tired feet in the cold water,
while others jump in.

The hikes along ridges of granite
and the juxtapositions of water-loving
and drought-tolerating plants.

The images captured on camera,
or our mind’s eye,
lasting images to share.

That which we have added
to life’s experiences forming
a better understanding of self.

The desire, the drive to see 
what lies just over the next ridge,
on the other side of the mountain.

To our Sabino Canyon friends,
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome,
dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” *

— kenne

* Edward Abbey

Hiking Ventana Canyon — December 13, 2019   3 comments

Ventana Canyon-8-72Hiking Ventana Canyon — December 13, 2019 — Photo-Essay by Kenne

Ventana Canyon is one of several narrow canyons in the southern front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Arizona. This hike is usually scheduled each fall and spring by the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists, which involves crossing water over a dozen times.

— kenne

 

Hiking Through An Aspen Grove On Aspen Trail   4 comments

In June of 2003 for the Aspen Fire destroyed 85,000 acres on Mt. Lemmon,
located in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Last Friday, we hiked the Aspen Trail,
part of which goes through some of the burned areas.
The aspens were among some of the first vegetation to return,
making these trees now about 15 years old.
Our hike was almost too late in the fall
since many of the aspens have already lost their leaves.

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Aspen Trail-3-72Quaking Aspens On Aspen Trail, Mt. Lemmon — Images by kenne

Swirling leaves,
Like erratic wings of butterflies,
shimmered, shook, slapped,
Simultaneously clapping as we passed.

Grace in the grove, the ticking,
whispering clatter of the breeze
Passing back and forth between worlds,
Spirit and sound merged together.

— from “Riding Through a Grove of Aspens” by Emily Dickinson 

Gusty Winds In The Tucson Basin   Leave a comment

Aspen Trail-11-72-2Gusty Winds In The Tucson Basin — Image by kenne

Last Friday was a windy day creating clouds of dust over the Tucson basin.
This image shows the dust clouds as seen from Mt. Lemmon,
where it was windy but no dust on a chilly fall day.

— kenne

Let the desert wind cool
your aching head. Let the
weight of the world — 
drift away instead.

— Beck

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