Archive for the ‘Monday Morning Milers’ Tag

Hiking with Old Buddies   1 comment

The SCVN Friday Nature Hike was Aspen Trail, Marshall Gulch Trail loop,
which would provide an opportunity to see the beautiful fall colors on Mt. Lemmon.
The Aspen Trail has a grove of aspens, which I blogged in a previous posting

Aspen Trail-8-72After hiking through the aspen grove, I began to get out in front of the nature hikers.
With less fall color on the remaining part of the Aspen Trail I decided to pick-up my pace.
I knew from past experience there would be plenty of fall color on the Marshall Gulch Trail.

Aspen Trail-21-72I was aware that my buddies, Jim Thompson and Tom Markey, were hiking the trail;
hence, I might be able to catch up with them. 

Aspen Trail-23-72I first began hiking with Jim and Tom nine years ago. They were part of the Monday Morning Milers (MMM),
the first hiking group with which I started hiking.

Aspen Trail-24-72Most of the MMM were lifetime hikers in southeast Arizona, many of whom were in their 80’s.

Aspen Trail-25-72Jim recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

Aspen Trail-26-72While Tom is a youngster like me, he’s 79.

Aspen Trail-27-72Images by kenne

It seems, as one becomes older,
That the past has another pattern,
And ceases to be a mere sequence —
Or even development: the latter a partial fallacy
Encouraged by superficial notions of evolution,
Which becomes, in the popular mind,
A means of disowning the past.
The moments of happiness — not the sense of well-being,
Fruition, fulfillment, security or affection,
Or even a very good dinner, but the sudden illumination —
We had the experience but missed the meaning,
And approach to the meaning restores the experience
In a different form, beyond any meaning
We can assign to happiness.

— from “Four Quartets” by T. S. Eliot

Morning Shadows In Pima Canyon   2 comments

Pima Canyon  (1 of 1) blogLooking Down Through Pima Canyon, Sonoran Desert (February 9, 2015) — Image by kenne

The warm

morning sun

leaves us

as we hike into

the canyon shadows.

— kenne

 

The Desert Spiny Lizard’s Cousin   3 comments

Mountain Spiny Lizard at Roger’s Rock In Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains — Images by kenne
(Click on any of the images for larger view in a slideshow format.)

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

Leopold Point Boulder With Yellow Lichen   Leave a comment

Yellow Lichen (1 of 1) blogLeopold Point Boulder With Yellow Lichen In The Santa Catalina Mountains (July 14, 2014) — Image by kenne

“If A Tree Falls In The Forest . . .”   Leave a comment

“If A Tree Falls In The Forest . . .” Hiking The Mt. Bigelow Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains. — Images by kenne
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Poppies Along The Phoneline Trail In Sabino Canyon   3 comments

Phoneline Hike-0553-2 PoppiesMexican Poppies Along The Phoneline Trail In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Phoneline Hike-0528 blogMexican Poppy and Desert Lupine Wildflowers Along The Phoneline Trail — Image by kenne

Most Sonoran desert wildflowers are annuals, which are short-lived even when there’s timely rain. Sabino Canyon has had no rain since December 20th.  Oddly enough, limited rain and a short lifespan helps ensure survival in the desert. With the lack of rain and warmer than normal temperatures the annuals have been quickly sprouting and blowing before the dryness and heat kills the plant. 

kenne

“To see a world
in a grain of sand
and heaven in a wildflower.
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour.”

— William Blake

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

Looking Through The Trees   11 comments

Bear Wallow Leaves“Looking Through The Trees” — Image by kenne

A Mexican Garter Snake Having Breakfast   11 comments

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Mexican Garter Snake AZ Striped Whiptail II blogMexican Garter Snake & Arizona Striped Whiptail Lizard — Images by kenne

This morning while hiking the Crystal Springs trail on Mount Lemmon we saw this Mexican Garter snake having just caught an Arizona Striped Whiptail lizard. The snake was in a hurry to het away from us so he could have breakfast.

Regular hikers on Mount Lemmon should take note, even after all the rain on the mountains, the springs are no more. Maybe it’s time to rename the trail. 

Also, the Control Road to the trailhead is in real bad shape from all the mountain rains — lot’s of deep ruts, making for a long 2 1/2 mile drive to the trailhead.

kenne

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