A Short Trip to Tucson

August 06, 2013  •  6 Comments

Sabino Canyon #1

                                                                                                    Sabino Creek

 

My short trip to Tucson last week was a good one.  My friend Steve who moved to Vock Canyon a few years back also has a house in Tucson, where he now stays most of the time.  Steve plays golf just about every day and he likes college sports so Tucson is a far better match for him than is Kingman.  Anyway, he asked me to drive his Jeep and trailer loaded down with his quad to him in Kingman.  I had been wanting to take a trip down there anyway, so it worked out fine. 

On the second day of my visit we drove up to the ski village on Mt. Lemmon.  Mt Lemmon is in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson.  Neither of us had been to Mt. Lemmon in over 30 years and it was a good drive.  Mt. Lemmon rises to about 8,000 feet so it was considerably cooler than down in the valley.  After returning to Steve's house to check on his dogs, we warmed up some steak fingers and fries that Steve had bought from the Lucky Wishbone restaurant.  They were just as I remembered from the 1970's.  That evening we drove to Grant's Pass east of Tucson to watch the sun go down.  It was nice but not as spectacular as it can sometimes be.  Timing is everything, as they say.

The next day found us at Sabino Canyon.  Although it was a beautiful day with blue skies and good cloud cover, I did not get many good shots.  While there, we hiked a short trail up to Sabino Dam.  Several families were at the dam and many kids were frolicking in the water.  After watching them have fun for awhile, we headed back to the visitor center.  There is another trail in the Sabino Canyon area that is eight miles round trip and is best visited in March or April,  during the winter rainy season.  This trail goes up to some waterfalls and crosses Sabino Creek several times.  May visit there next March.  We left and had an early supper at the Olive Garden.  Steve had baked ziti which was not to his liking.  My eggplant parmigana was extremely overcooked.  We were both disappointed.

The next day we packed up his Jeep with his dogs our personal gear and left for Kingman. 

Although I did not get many good shots on this trip, it was fun scouting the area for future visits.

This morning Steve left Vock Canyon towing a U-Haul trailer with some things he needs in Tucson.

 


Comments

6.desert southwest landscape photography
Marke,

After reading your post, I googled trails in that area. If I were to tackle a hike of that sort, it would have to be the downhill section. Found this cool link to a young woman who does a lost of hiking in the Southwest:

http://desertsirena.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/mount-lemmon-to-catalina-via-samaniego-ridge-trail/

dh
5.desert southwest landscape photography
Thank you, Paul. Keep at it, you'll catch up.

dh
4.Paul Richter(non-registered)
Nice shot. Nice place. Hey, I just saw you got first place at the Off Track Gallery monthly show. (I'm running a little behind here, as I think you've gathered.) Congratulations!
3.Marke Blue(non-registered)
Hi Don

I've never explored that area, only driven or hitchhiked through Tucson, so I was looking at the satellite map of Sabino Cyn and Mt Lemmon. Looks like a nice trail to come downhill (Sky Island Travers/Kachina Trail) from the mountain, if you had 2 cars and could leave one below, and start up top.

Marke
2.desert southwest landscape photography
Yeah Mike, we had a good time. It is always fun to visit places and maybe even get some good images. Don't forget that you are always welcome here in Vock Canyon.
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