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Jim Martin, In Loving Memory Of A Great Naturalist   1 comment

Jim and B.J. Martin-Edit-1-72.jpgJim and B.J. Martin, May 7, 2018 , were honored by achieving Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist (SCVN) Emeritus Status.
— Image by kenne

I went to another funeral today, something I began doing at an early age while living with my grandparents. Old people’s friends die. Back then I didn’t always know the people and spent my time running around the graveyard across the road from the church with other children, in a small northeast Alabama rural town.

It’s different today being one of the old people whose friends are dying. When I became an SCVN member in 2011, Jim Martin had been an active member for 23 years, teaching elementary school children about nature and conservation, leading and participating in SCVN  hikes, and serving a treasurer, VP, and President of SCVN. I first met Jim on one of the SCVN Friday Hikes. He was an 82-year-old active hiker, a quiet, pleasant guy to be around — always smiling! 

Jim pasted away at the age of 90, July 16, 2019.

— kenne

 

 

Hiking The Box Camp Trail — A Photo-Essay Adventure   2 comments

Box Camp Hike-2-72Tim, our lead Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist guide went over the safety rules for the day’s hike.

Box Camp Hike-3-72A short distance into hiking the Box Camp Trail, we stop to take in one of the many views.

Box Camp Hike-5-72The trail leads us through ferns and tall pines.

Box Camp Hike-6-72This section of the trail is a rolling downhill path continuing through the tall trees.

Box Camp Hike-7-72.jpgAs the trail continues down the mountainside the pine forest opens to a thick oak growth.

Box Camp Hike-8-72The trail becomes steeper and difficult to follow through the thick overgrowth. 

Box Camp Hike-9-72Looking down over the oak overgrowth you can see Sabino Canyon and Thimble Peak.

Box Camp Hike-11-72The Box Canyon Trail leads down to East Fork Trail, which runs into Sabino Canyon Trail.

Box Camp Hike-12-72However, this rock lookout is where we had planned to rest
and have a sneak before starting the hike 2.5
miles back up the mountain, which has an elevation change of 1,200 feet.
Before starting back we realized our tail-guide, Jeff, was not with us.
Long story short, he had taken a wrong turn in the area where the trail had a lot of over growth.
We started back using the radios to communicate with Jeff, which were spotty at best. 

Box Camp Hike-14-72Even though having hiked the trail many times, the climb back to the trailhead was a real challenge.
I had to really slow my pace with only Sharon behind me
having taken over for the trail-guide task for Jeff.
We soon caught up with the lead group, only because Tim,
our lead-guide was also having some issues,
so Ellen took over as lead. After resting and with the help of GU energy gel
Tim and I were able to continue on.
(The fact that we happen to be the two oldest hikers on the hike had nothing to do with our struggles.) 

Box Camp Hike-15-72.jpgMeanwhile, we continued trying to locate Jeff.  Before returning back to the trailhead,
with radio contact we were able to determine that Jeff was somewhere back on the trail and okay.
Back at the trailhead we kept waiting and he finally showed up as pictured above.
To say the least, the circumstances made for a very interesting hike. — Images by kenne

 

Hiking the Aspen Draw Loop   1 comment

Aspen Drew Hike 07-05-19-1-72The July 5th SCVN Friday Hikes began at the Sky Valley parking lot
where led guide Phil Bentley greeted everyone and covered the SCVN Safety Rules.
This was a six-mile loop connecting three trails, (Aspen Draw, Mt. Lemmon Trail,
and the Meadow Trail) with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet. 

Meadow Triail Hike 07-23-12One of the interest points on this hike was the Lemmon Rock Lookout staffed by the Forest Service personnel.

Meadow Triail Hike 07-23-12The original tower was erected in 1928.

Aspen Drew Hike Lemmon Rock Lookout-2-72On this day we were able to get a tour of the Lookout
since Phil called ahead and talked to the Forest Ranger on duty at the Lookout this summer.

Aspen Drew Hike Lemmon Rock Lookout-72.jpgThe Osborne Fire Finder.

Aspen Drew Hike Lemmon Rock Lookout-7-72.jpgView down into the Tucson Basin and the Santa Rita Mountains.

Aspen Drew Hike 07-05-19-Panorama-72After the tour, we took a snack break before continuing the hike.

Aspen Drew Hike-4-Phil-72A little music from our leader.

Aspen Drew Hike-3-72.jpg

Aspen Drew Hike-2-72

Lemmon Rock-Mark-IMG-4474-72Always a fun time hiking in the Santa Catalina Mountains. — Images by kenne

 

Summer Hiking Season On Mt. Lemmon   2 comments

Old Ski Run Hike-5-72The SCVN Friday Hikes began this past Friday (June 7th) with a short hike up to the old ski run.
Ricki Mensching loves leading this hike each year
and the opportunity to share some the history of the original ski run on Mt. Lemmon.

Old Ski Run Hike-8-72.jpgAs the hikers gathered at the base of the ski run they noticed smoke coming from a camp fire on up the ski slop.
Campers had left the camp fire without making sure the fire was out. Sadly, this kind of happening is not unusual.
We call 911 and the nearby Summer Haven fire department came and extinguished the fire.

On this same day a very large uncontained forest fire began burning in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix.
This marks the beginning of the fire season in Arizona, most all of which are man-made.

Old Ski Run Hike-10-72After getting the fire under control, Ricky continued her narration on the old ski run,
before continuing the hike to the top of the ski run.

Old Ski Run Hike-6-72Images by kenne

HELP PREVENT FOREST FIRES!

 

 

Start of the SCVN Summer Hiking Season On Mt. Lemmon   Leave a comment

This post first appeared seven years ago. Since the SCVN summer hiking schedule on Mt. Lemmon remains pretty much the same year after year, I’m revising the post in recognition of our new hiking season.

Butterfly Trail“Upward and Onward” — Image by kenne

The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Nationalists (SCVN) lead the first Friday summer hike on Mount Lemmon yesterday. The schedule will every Friday through August 31st. You can get the complete schedule by going to http://sabinonaturalists

Yesterday’s hike on Butterfly #16 and Incinerator #18A to Leopold Point. This hike is one of my favorites and one of the few that Joy and I have hikes together. If you click here to see my blog posting on our hike a year ago. If you watch the video, you can see why Joy doesn’t hike with me anymore.

There were about 18 people in yesterday’s SCVN hike. While yesterday’s temperature hit a record 107 degrees, the temperature on the mountain was in the upper 70’s, which is way we spend the summer hiking on Mount Lemmon. A slideshow of my photographs can also be seen on my Flickr account;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/sets/72157630015836120/show/

— kenne

Keeping Alive A Sense Of Wonder   3 comments

SCVN SIR-72Panning for Garnets in Sabino Creek — Image by kenne

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder . . .
he [or she] needs the companionship of at least one adult
who can share it, rediscovering the joy, excitement, and
mystery of the world we live in.”

— Rachel Carson

 

Naturalist Bruce Garrett, May He Rest In Peace   8 comments

Gneiss WalkBruce Garrett with His Talking Stick, Standing On A Gneiss Rock — Image by kenne

Most of this decade SCVN member Bruce Garrett led a geology walk, called “Gneiss Walk” in the Sabino Canyon Recreational Area. It has been a very popular walk, not only because he was very knowledgeable but because he was very entertaining. He loved talking to people.

Bruce will be dearly missed by all who had an opportunity to walk with him in Sabino Canyon and learn about the geology of the Santa Catalina Mountains. 

— kenne

Gneiss WalkKenne, Bryna, and Bruce in Sabino Canyon

 

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