February 5, 2016
What a treat to join the nimble hiker and her better half last week on a hike in the Robles Pass section of the 20,000 acres known as Tucson Mountain Park. TMP was established in 1929 and today is one of the largest natural resource areas owned and managed by a local government. There are about 62 miles of non-motorized shared-use trails.
John and Pam's blog (ohtheplacestheygo.wordpress.com) caught my eye about 3 years ago. Hmmm...hiking? My memories of hiking go way back to Girl Scouts. I think I managed one hike up Blood Mountain (Georgia) when I was in Junior High with a back-pack that weighed more than I did...at least I remember it that way! Anyway, our first major hiking was in Bryce National Park and Kodachrome State Park back in May of 2013. We were hooked! And Joe wears the backpack in the family...
The trails are well marked at all the intersections.
There wasn't a cloud in the sky.
Saguaros lined the trail as we climbed.
Anyone who follows Pam and John's blog know that Pam has an eye for finding crested saguaros. They had done this trail before so this one was no surprise to them, but I was excited.
A close up shows a feathered friend.
|A tiny white fishhook cactus|
|Fishhook Barrel Cactus with fruit|
|Saguaro Cactus arm|
|An abandoned mining house|
This was our lunch spot...thanks John and Pam!
It is a family run business and Joe and I enjoyed visiting with the owners son Jeff.
They have a website and Facebook page which share what is available for the week and the price.
Perfect for our morning smoothie!
Take care and until next time...
happy days and happy trails!