After the fire

My son and I spent the afternoon hiking Mt. Lemmon, Tucson's oldest and most popular recreational area. In the summer when temps are 100+ in the Tucson valley, Mt. Lemmon's 8,000 foot trails are a cool and breezy respite from the summer.This was my first trip back to Mt. Lemmon since the Aspen ... Continue reading

Saturday hiking

I visited my Geocache today and did some overdue maintenance. The grass was higher than I've ever seen it, and the hillside was lush with Arizona Poppies. We've had a record monsoon season, and it shows.The cache had sustained major damage from the storms, which meant digging out, replacing the ... Continue reading

Beauty in the commonplace

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Palo verde

Lest you think every flower in the desert is red, I give you the Mexican Palo Verde (literally "green stick"), the closest thing we have to a tree in this part of the Sonoran Desert. The Palo Verde gets its name from it's chlorophyll-rich bark. In the spring, the Palo Verde is a showy profusion of ... Continue reading

More spring in Tucson

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A trip to Yosemite 3

California is getting drenched, so it's been a cold and wet couple of days here at Yosemite. Not complaining, though. We came here to see water, and Yosemite has water in abundance.The rains have really amped up the waterfalls. Yosemite Falls is a mile away, but it's roaring like a jet plane. I ... Continue reading

A trip to Yosemite 2

Heading north out of Bakersfield, we passed mile after mile of almond groves, each tree laden with pale, pink blossoms. Every few hundred feet a cluster of bee hives sat beneath the spreading branches, the bees happy to do the farmer's work.Between almond groves were huge vineyards. Grape vines ... Continue reading

Monsoons and rainbows

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