We've spent quite a lot of time in this area in both 2013 and 2014 (click on the year if you'd like to read about our previous stays). Now that we've been on the road for over four years we've made lots of friends on the road and Tucson happens to be a popular place for nomads to winter...thus, this stay was full of social time, including several happy hours and a few recreational outings.
Instead of rehashing trails I've written about before and going on about various social events, I'm going to let the photos of our outings tell the story of our stay in Tucson...
|We arrived in Tucson under threat of rain. Though the rain barely materialized, the clouds were stunning on an early morning walk on the trails behind Justin's RV Park.|
We hiked Bridal Wreath Falls in 2013, this time John and Pam joined us.
|We thought Bridal Wreath Falls would be a little bigger than this due to the recent rains.|
|Enjoying water in the desert with John and Pam.|
|Eagle eye Pam spotted this crested saguaro.|
|We biked from Justin's RV park one day and found this crested beauty on the way to Gilbert Ray campground.|
We hiked the Hugh Norris/Dobe Wash Loop with Steve and Mona Liza one day.
|Photo break after climbing the zillion stairs on the Hugh Norris trail.|
Since Tucson is so spread out it was great to move up to Catalina State Park and focus on trails in NE Tucson. We love the views at Catalina! Plus we got to spend time with our local friends Dennis and Sheryl.
|We may not have gotten one of the prime perimeter sites at Catalina, |
but the middle sites still have great views and plenty of space.
|Dennis and Hans hanging out on Alamo Creek, a wonderful little unmarked trail at Catalina SP.|
|Sheryl photographing me as I photograph her!|
|Hans and I hiked the steep, rocky Romero Pools trail one day and were surprised to see this blooming agave...|
the only one blooming of the many miles we hiked in Tucson!
Mark and Bobbie clued us in to the new Honeybee mountain bike trail so we joined them on a 20 mile ride one day. What a fun ride! Long, gentle uphill on mostly smooth trail, followed by a long flowing downhill. The entire trail winds among cactus so you must constantly watch out for stickers, but every stop provides expansive views. We learned that the best place to park (currently) is the empty dirt lot at the intersection of Golder Ranch Rd and Oracle Hwy. Plus...Nico's Tacos (next to Basha's) are a great way to refuel after this ride!
|Only one flat tire among four people on 20 miles of trail through cactus...not too shabby!|
|Hundreds of these ground squirrels at Catalina State Park!|
|Lots of birds too!|
That's it for Tucson for this year. Today we moved north where we'll hop around the parks surrounding Phoenix for a couple of weeks.