It has been a while since our last post, but we have been busy hiking and biking around Tucson and enjoying time with friends. Hans and Lisa were staying nearby so we took the opportunity to hike with them to Bridal Wreath Falls in Saguaro National Park East (the park has units on both sides of the city) by way of the Douglas Spring Trail. We did this hike last year and found a large volume of water pouring over the falls. With some significant rain in this area recently, we felt confident the falls would be just as interesting this year.
After a hike of just under three miles we were a bit disappointed with the volume of water going over the falls. We decided that last year the water came from a heavy snow pack on the mountains above the falls. The steady melting of the snow created a longer lasting water flow than from the recent rain, which ran off rapidly. But the falls was still very beautiful.
While hiking back down on the Three Tank Trail the sharp eyes of the nimble hiker spotted a saguaro with a crested arm off in the desert to our right. Viewing it from the trail just wouldn’t do, so off we went to bushwhack our way through the friendly cacti to get up close and personal with this beauty.
Apparently the local cacti didn’t appreciate our efforts, as three of us ended up with a leg full of their response to our visit.
One evening we went out to the west side of the Tucson Mountains to Western Way RV Park where Steve and MonaLiza (Lowe’s RV Adventures) were staying. They invited a group of us for a great happy hour, complete with Mona Liza’s famous lumpia (Filipino eggrolls). Along with Dave and Sue (Beluga’s Excellent Adventure) and Steve and Mona Liza, we were joined by John and Sharon (On the Road of Retirement) who we haven’t seen since our visit to San Diego a couple of years ago. Great food and conversation were shared by all!
One morning Dave and Sue joined us for a hike in the Robles Pass section of Tucson Mountain Park. We hiked the Camaro Loop, which is apparently named for the shell of a car that sits next to the trail. It appears to be the remains of a mid-70s Camaro but it is difficult to determine the exact make and model.
One of our favorite hikes in the Tucson area is to the top of Wasson Peak on the north side of the Tucson Mountains just west of the city. Jim and Barb (Jim and Barb’s RV Adventure) joined us for the long climb up to the summit.
Toward the end of our stay we hosted a happy hour with Steve and Mona Liza and Joe and Gay (good-times-rollin) who are also staying in the same park as us (Lazy Days KOA) here in Tucson. After snacks and conversation we drove just around the corner from Lazy Days to a food truck parked next to a convenience store. The truck serves great Mexican food and has an enclosed seating area.
For our last hike in Tucson this year we drove back east of the city to Saguaro National Park East to find a couple of Crested Saguaros listed in a park map. The first is found off the South Cactus Forest Trail near the loop road. What was to be a two mile hike turned into four miles, as the park map has incorrect directions (a left turn instead of a right into the Javelina Wash).
After we finally found that one we returned to the Jeep and left the park, driving south on Old Spanish Trail for seven miles before turning left on to Camino Loma Alta. Two miles to the north the road ends at the Camino Loma Alta Trailhead.
We hiked almost a mile up this trail before turning right into Coyote Wash. After slogging our way up the wash for a mile, we began looking to our left, as the park directions said. Fortunately, we spotted this beauty through the brush, but on our right!
We pulled out of Tucson last Friday headed for White Tank Regional Park, just west of Phoenix, where we will spend the next five days. More on that later . . .