We really enjoy riding our bicycles but consider ourselves to be “Florida bikers.” In other words, we like to ride over flat terrain. The city of Tucson is very flat (while surrounded by mountains) so one day this week we headed out to visit the campus of the University of Arizona, about nine miles to the north of our RV park. Half of the ride is on a beautiful, fairly new bike path, while the other half is on in-town roads with nice sidewalks.
We entered the campus at what seems to be the main entrance off of Campbell Avenue and road along University Blvd. through the main quad area.
We road through the main academic area at what must have been a change of class time. The place area was teeming with students going in all directions on foot, skateboard, and bicycle. To us it appeared to be utter chaos, but everyone made their way through the crowd without incident (much to our amazement).
What a surprise, there is a nice crested saguaro on the grounds to the Old Main building at the west end of the quad.
The next day we picked up Steve and Mona Liza for a hike in Sabino Canyon. Sabino Canyon, located northeast of Tucson at the base of the Catalina Mountains, is operated by the U.S. Forestry Service. Three years ago we hiked up to Seven Falls with Hans and Lisa (Metamorphosis Road) and were anxious to return and do the hike again.
The trail goes up Bear Canyon for about four and a half miles, crisscrossing Sabino Creek seven times, and ends at the base of a beautiful series of seven waterfalls. We failed to consider the result of recent rain and mountain snow in the area on the creek but were “tipped off” that the stream might be quite deep when we had trouble crossing a bridge on the road that leads to the trailhead.
Sure enough, the creek was much deeper than it was the previous time we hiked the canyon.
Along the trail we did spot the one crested saguaro known to be in the canyon.
At the end of the trail the path goes up the side of the canyon, giving us a nice view of the falls and the large pool at the base.
On the hike up the trail we took great care in trying to avoid getting wet feet, without much success. On the return trip we abandoned all efforts to stay dry and just slogged our way through the crossings.
While it is a bit uncomfortable hiking with wet feet, the water crossing just added a little adventure to the hike.