Archive for the ‘MMM’ Tag

The Desert Spiny Lizard’s Cousin   3 comments

Mountain Spiny Lizard at Roger’s Rock In Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains — Images by kenne
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For those of us who live near the Santa Catalina Mountains, Madera Canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains is about an hour and twenty minutes drive. There are a lot of reasons to love the canyon, rated the third best birding destination in the United States. Yesterday, the Monday Morning Milers hiked one of the canyon’s many trails to Roger’s Rock where I have captured many vista photographs in the past and did the same yesterday. One of the things that made this hike different from past hikes was seeing the mountain spiny lizard captured in this posting. The colors of this guy were very prominent, sunning in the 6,500 feet elevation cool mountain air. I have learned that every hike, even on the same trail, has something new and impressive to see. 

— kenne

You’ve got to get out
and pray to the sky
to appreciate the sunshine;
otherwise you’re
just a lizard
standing there
with the sun shining on you.

— Ken Kesey

Capturing The Moment — Happy 90th, Don Fletcher   3 comments

Don's Birthday (1 of 1)-2 blogHAPPY BIRTHDAY to Fellow Monday Morning Miler, #90 — Image by Joy

After the hike on Mt. Lemmon this past Monday, some of us gathered for a picnic celebration for a very special person on th occasion of his 90th birthday. Don Fletcher is our hiking “poster child”, since we all would like to still be hiking on our 90th.

Hiking, staying active in general, is a good way to maintain dignity as mature humans, even though store clerks may have replaced “sir” with “sweetie” some time ago.

 

DON’T CALL ME SWEETIE!

Just because I may 

Look old and weak

Don’t call me sweetie —

No “elderspeak” for me.

You may think

You’re being kind,

But it’s not

A good moment

When dignity

Is left behind.

— kenne

Hiking The de Anza Trail Between Tubac and Tumacacori, Arizona   9 comments

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deAnza Trail 2014-9529 blogHiking the de Anza Trail between Tubac and Tumacacori, Arizona, 20 miles north of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico — Images by kenne.

 

Catalina Foothills From The Agua Caliente Trail   Leave a comment

Agua Caliente-9236 art-II blogCatalina Foothills From The Agua Caliente Trail — Image by kenne

This morning’s hike was the Agua Caliente trail in canyons between the Santa Catalina mountains and the Rincon mountains in 32 windy degrees — a life not to complain about.

May the spirits of nature be with you.

kenne

“The Trail Spinner” On Mt. Lemmon   4 comments

Aspen Draw Fall Colors-8372 blogAspen Draw Fall Colors-8372-2 blog“The Trail Spinner” — Images by kenne

Kristen is hiking the Aspen Draw on Mt. Lemmon while using a hand-spinner. Little hand devices, such as this one, have been used for thousands of years to spin fiber into yarn.

— kenne

May The Spirit Of The Hiking Stick Be With You Always.   6 comments

Palisades Trail August 2013Monday Morning Milers Celebrate Don Fletcher’s (center) 89th Birthday — Images by kenne

In the spring of 2011 I began hiking with a group that called themselves the Monday Morning Milers (MMM). I first learned about the MMM from neighbor, Louise Glaysher, who invited me to hike with the group. After my first hike with MMM, I wrote in a blog posting April 13, 2011: “One of the things we love about living in Tucson is if you tire of the desert, within less than an hour you can be in the tree-line mountains. Madera Canyon, located about 65 km (40 mi) southeast of Tucson, Arizona, makes a large dent in the northwest face of the Santa Rita Mountains.” 

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The mountains surrounding Tucson provide many hiking trails for people who love the outdoors. Most in the MMM have been hiking together for many years and know well most trails in southern Arizona — they love hiking so much that some of the guys, now in their eighties, also hike on Friday’s. The elder of the MMM is Don Fletcher, who had his 89th birthday this past Sunday, so after this Monday’s hike on the Palisades Trail in the Santa Catalina mountains we had a surprise potluck luncheon at Middle Bear picnic area. Keeping this a surprise was not easy, since Don and some of the other guys often have lunch at Viv’s Cafe at the base of Catalina highway after hiking in the Catalinas. 

Don and the other octogenarians in the MMM set an admirable example to anyone who loves the outdoors and hiking. To see Don and the other octogenarians hiking, albeit at their pace, most with walking sticks not the more modern hiking poles, sets an example I hope to be doing in my 80’s. I’m already looking forward to posting on this blog our celebrating his 90th after a Monday morning hike.

Although only 15 of the MMM were able to make Monday’s birthday celebration, birthday wishes were passed on from those not able to attend.

kenne

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May the spirit of the hiking stick be with you always, Don.

Hiking To Rose Canyon Lake In The Santa Catalina Mountains   1 comment

Rose Lake July 2013

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Rose Canyon Lake in the Santa Catalina Mountains is the only lake in the mountain, located about 25 miles from Tucson, Arizona. The lake is only seven acres, but is surrounded by cabins and campgrounds in the mountain forest. Images by kenne

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