Goldmine Mountain (Arizona) 13-Jan-2022

After San Xavier and Titan II, we had time for a short hike on our way into Scottsdale. San Tan Mountain Regional Park sits on the very southern edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area and features a viewpoint overlooking the southern end of greater Phoenix. We reached this county park on a mix of controlled access and country roads – we knew we were getting close to Phoenix when the traffic thickened considerably. We paid a $7 day use fee to enter and park at the park’s Phillips Road Trailhead.

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Romero Pools (Coronado NF) 21-Feb-2020

The sunny day we’d had for our climb yesterday of Picacho Peak was but a distant memory when we awoke this morning under a gray gloom. Unlike on previous days, there was no suggestion that this gloom would lift anytime soon. So we adjusted our hiking plans to the Romero Pools in Romero Canyon on the north side of the Santa Catalina Mountains. These pools are shallow catchments on seasonal canyon streams. Since it had been somewhat of a wet winter, we figured that these pools were likely flowing (they were). We also figured that these pools were probably worth seeing even if shrouded in gloom (they were).

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Picacho Peak (Arizona) 20-Feb-2020

Picacho Peak (3,370 feet / 1,027 m) sits hard up against Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. In all the years we’ve been coming to Arizona we must have driven past it dozens of times without once thinking it could be hiked. But after coming across a post by BIT|Hiker we put it on our to do list. After hikes in the Santa Ritas and Tortolitas, we headed for Picacho.

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Wild Burro Loop (Tortolita Mountains) 19-Feb-2020


The Tortolita Mountains lie only about seven miles from the outer suburbs of ever expanding (assuming the water lasts) Tucson, Arizona. Fortunately, a good chunk of this range has been protected within the 5,000+ acre Tortalita Mountain Park administered by the Town of Marana (Tucson’s neighbor to the north). There are a number of trails in this park but we opted to do the Wild Burro-Alamo Springs Loop for an easy visit to the varied flora of the Sonoran Desert – including the iconic Saguaro cactus.

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Rogers Rock (Mount Wrightson Wilderness) 18-Feb-2020

Heidi and Bob live pretty close to Madera Canyon in Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains. So after saying good-bye to them, we headed back up into the canyon to do a loop to Josephine Saddle, passing Rogers Rock along the way. I’d learned about the Rock from an AllTrails post and making a detour to it sounded like a nice way to add a viewpoint to our loop.

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Tumacacori NHP (Tubac, Arizona) 17-Feb-2020

We made our way to the desert again – this time Southern Arizona – to visit our long-time friends Heidi & Bob and do a little hiking. Heidi and I go back almost 50 years – she was a “big sister” to me back in the day when I didn’t have, but sorely needed, one. She was a much admired middle and high school science teacher in the old mining town of Bisbee. Bob will be 99 in May! 😀 He’s squeezed a lot into those years – cowboy, hard rock miner, WW2 bomber pilot, Korean War fighter pilot, and city communications director. He also collects Victorian glass salt dishes. While staying with them south of Tucson, we took a little time to go a little farther south to visit Tumacacori National Historical Park.

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Arizona Hot Spring (Lake Mead NRA) 21-Jan-2020

Arizona Hot Spring, Lake Mead NRA, Arizona

This was our second “make-up” hike in the Las Vegas area – one we’d intended to do last year before fate intervened. This hike, which was billed as a “real adventure,” features slot canyons, a little scrambling, a hot spring, and the Colorado River. What’s not to like? Purely by chance, we went down to the river via the slightly harder side of the loop (Hot Spring Canyon) and returned via the much easier side (White Rock Canyon). A milky overcast once again played havoc with any photo involving the sky but there was enough going on in the canyons to amply compensate for this.

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2018 ~ Adventures with The LovedOne

Another year and The LovedOne is still not keen on having her picture taken. She has countered by hiking ahead of me (and faster) so as to stay out of camera range. Fortunately, subterfuge and deception allow me to get close enough, from time to time, for a photo.

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Rafting the Colorado River (September 1994)

Lees Ferry Diamond Creek Colorado River Arizona

Up until 2008, our adventures were retained only as memories and on 35mm slides. While our memories may have faded (just a bit), the slides haven’t – and we have a lot of them. So we’re digitizing a select few to bring some of our past adventures into the 21st Century. The photos below are some of those old slides.

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Wasson Peak (Saguaro National Park) 25-Mar-2018

Wasson Peak Saguaro National Park Arizona

The LovedOne’s knee was a no-go after our fifth hike, so she decided to spend the day in Tucson looking at art instead of going on yet another hike. Fortunately, Wasson Peak, a local favorite in the western section of Saguaro National Park, was close-by and she was able to drop me off at its El Camino del Cerro Trailhead in the morning well before the art museums opened.

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