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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

Out Of The Blue And Into The Black   Leave a comment

7 Falls In Bear Canyon — Image by kenne

Hey hey, my  my
Rock and roll can never die
There’s more to the picture
Than meets the eye

Hey, hey, my, my
Out of the blue and into the black
You pay for this, but they give you that
And once you’re gone, you can’t come back
When you’re out of the blue and into the black

 
— from Hey Hey, My My by Neil Young
 
 

7 Falls Trail   Leave a comment

7 Falls Trail In Bear Canyon (03-20-15) — Image by kenne

After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.

 
— G.M. Trevelyan

Bear Canyon   Leave a comment

Bear Canyon — Image by kenne

Bear Canyon trail 
a scenic hike
to seven falls
a favorite spring
hiking destination.

— kenne

Sabino Canyon Hohokam Ruins   1 comment

Since 2011, I have been a volunteer naturalist at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
northeast of Tucson. The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) have
partnered with the Santa Catalina Ranger District of Coronado National Forest to
offer educational programs for children and adults for more than 35 years.

Hohokam Site-4981-72Sabino Canyon North of the Hohokam Ruins

SCVN focuses on conservation, field trip programs for children k-6, nature walks,
guided hikes, and demonstrations designed to help the public learn about nature.
One of the most popular Elementary School field trip programs teaches children
about the Hohokam people who lived in the Tucson basin hundreds of
years ago. (“Back To The Past”)

Hohokum Site-72The Clay Remains Of A Hohokam Adobe Structure

The Hohokam organized villages constructing pithouses, sunken earthen, and
adobe structures with pounded floors and thatch roofs. To provide children at least
a basic understanding of the Hohokam, our naturalist training includes
presentations from anthropologists such as Drs. Paul and Suzanne Fish, who have
written on the “Hohokam Millennium.”

Hohokum Site-11-72Larry Conyers Hiking Down To The Sabino Canyon Hohokam Ruins

As a member of SCVN, I have been provided just enough information “to be
dangerous.” So, one day when I was having a conversation with my neighbor and
anthropologist Larry Conyers, he asked me if I knew of the Hohokam ruins south of
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area near the old Fenster Boarding School. Maybe I had
been told about ruins, but when asked, I had no recollection.

Hohokum Site-10-72The Fenster Boarding School In The Distance On The Right

Larry told me he was familiar with the ruins site, having had a Masters’s Degree
student (Daniel Shereff ), who had done a thesis  (Hohokam Population Dynamics:
Settlement Organization and Migration at the Sabino Canyon Ruin Site, Arizona
) about the site. 

Hohokum Site-9-72Larry Conyers Exploring The Ruins Site

We agreed on a day and time we would go to Sabino Canyon Recreation Area,
walk the Bear Canyon Trail before crossing the fenceline of the southern Canyon boundary.

Hohokum Site-4-72Pieces of Pottery Placed On Nearby Stones

Larry and I spent a little over two hours in the ruins site, so this posting is only
meant to be a “snapshot” of what we experienced. The body of the posting content
contains links to additional anthropological information on the Sabino Canyon Ruins.

Sabino Canyon Hohokam Ruin Video

Photos and Video by kenne

Related Site: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center

 

 

 

Out On A Desert Photo Shoot   Leave a comment

Photo Shoot Day-4978-art-72-2Desert Photo Shoot, A Different Perspective — Image by kenne

Each day take a fresh look at the world around you.

— kenne

Fountaingrass, A Serious Invasive Species In The Sabino Canyon Recreational Area   1 comment

7 Falls Oct 2013-8239 blogFountaingrass in Bear Canyon — Image by kenne

FOUNTAINGRASS

Plants

killing plants,

fountaingrass.

— kenne

Saguaro In The Shadow Of The Sun   Leave a comment

Saguaro-21-72Saguaro Near Bear Canyon Trail — Image by kenne

The Mighty Saguaro

The mighty saguaro,
so majestic and tall,
holds its lifelong secrets
surprising one and all.

The seedling saguaro
begins small and afraid,
hoping it will survive
beneath the nurse plant’s shade.

The tiny saguaro
grows a little each year,
searching for the water
which is precious and dear.

The struggling saguaro
pushes upward for days,
glad it keeps avoiding
a new herbivore’s gaze.

The lucky saguaro
survives the desert heat,
outliving the nurse plant
not knowing of its feat.

The patient saguaro
looks skyward at all hours,
until at age fifty
it produces first flowers.

The giving saguaro
shares its bounty with all
who wait for months on end
for tasty fruits to fall.

The youthful saguaro
knows at seventy-five
that its newly formed arms
keeps desert friends alive.

The aging saguaro
has been a willing friend
to desert’s small creatures
dependent to the end.

The mighty saguaro
grows to fifty feet high,
waiting two hundred years
to almost touch the sky.

— Debbie Emery

End Of The Trail   Leave a comment

End of the Trail-1 blogBlackett’s Ridge Between Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains
Image by kenne

My days as a hiking guide
May soon have long since passed
But, for this hiker, the trail never ends.

The call of the trail has not silenced
In the course of the coyote’s song
Echoing down through the canyon.

The pace may have slowed,
Canyon walls gotten steeper
Only to be balanced by desire.

But out there in the canyons
The ghosts of young trail runners
Brings back images for the past.

Casting strides to the wind
Hiking trails that have no end
Chasing trail-dust on the wind.

— kenne

Bear Canyon Creek   Leave a comment

Bear Canyon 2013A mountain stream in Bear Canyon — Image by kenne

One word (after the sun) that best describes our past, present and future is water. Currently, in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area the mountain runoff is restarting nature’s wonderful cycle. Other than the fact it almost took my D800 the other day, I love being in its presence. Maybe I need to reduce my “risk factor.”

kenne

Sabino Canyon Picnic Site   Leave a comment

Romero PoolsSabino Canyon Picnic Site with View of Thimble Peak (February 2017) — Image by kenne

Thimble Peak (Elevation 5,323 ft.) is a landmark in the Santa Catalina Mountains on the ridge that divides Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon.

— kenne

A Fun Hike, When Water Is Flowing   2 comments

Seven Falls in Bear Canyon — January 2012 Images by kenne

This Friday the SCVN hike will be to Seven Falls in Bear Canyon. The trail crosses the creek coming from Seven Falls seven times and there should be plenty of flowing water at the falls.

kenne

High Water Over Low Water Crossing   Leave a comment

bear-canyon-low-water-crossing-blogHigh Water Over Low Water Crossing (Bear Canyon Bridge, January 1, 2017) — Image by kenne

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I’d see you again
Been walking

— from Fire and Rain by James Taylor

SCVN Friday Hike — Blackett’s Ridge   Leave a comment

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blacketts-ridge-panorama-1-of-1-blogSCVN Friday Hike, Blackett’s Ridge (November 4, 2016) — iPhone Images by kenne

With morning temperatures in the 50’s & 60’s, our Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists Friday hikes are now off Mt. Lemmon and back in the canyon. Today’s hike was one of my favorite, Blackett’s Ridge that runs between Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon. 

The 6.3-mile hike begins at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center and is relatively flat for the first 1.5 miles before the trail becomes very rocky, turning into a series of 36 switchbacks, with an elevation change of 1800 feet for the next 1.5 miles. 

The trail hasn’t changed much over the six years I have been hiking Blackett’s, and I would like to say the same for me, but my old body is beginning to signal that it might not be willing to hike trails with this much elevation change in such a short distance.

kenne

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…

–John Muir

 

 

Bear Canyon Panorama   Leave a comment

Hiking to 7 Falls Panorama (1 of 1) blogBear Canyon Panorama — Image by kenne

You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

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