March 26, 2014
|Female Broad-tailed Hummingbird|
|Picnics on the patio...|
This examination informs the surgeon where to remove tissue next which allows for a very narrow surgical margin. Joe is scheduled for his surgery on the 28th. Because there is a 2 week check-up to remove stitches, we have extended our stay until April 14th. He has had this procedure done once before back in Lagrange, GA. We don't consider finding qualified doctors to be a strain in our full-time RV life style, but a blessing to have the ability to take our home where they are.
On to more fun things...yep, there is water in the desert! And I don't mean the pups water bowl!
We had ourselves a very nice hike up to Seven Falls. Its a hike on Bear Canyon Trail in the Sabino Canyon RA. The trail that leads from the parking lot is the same trail we have taken several times... but after about 2.2 miles, it bears off to the left in the canyon. This was the fun and quite peaceful part of the hike as we actually enjoyed the quiet sound of running water in the Sabino Creek as we walked.
We actually crossed over the creek several times. I didn't count, but the info from the VC states there are 7 crossings. There were also pools along the way...
A mallard and a texas patch nose (I think) were sharing the same pool on one of our crossings.
It's so hard to take it all in...do I look up?
Do I look down?
We did encounter a group of Rangers...
They were returning from delivering supplies to another group of folks who were setting out on a 2 week adventure to eradicate unwanted grasses that have invaded the area.
After the last creek crossing, the trail climbs up the wall of the canyon on a couple of long switchbacks.
Then...tah-dah! We came around a corner and there to the left we saw the rock formation that towers Seven Falls. The trail forks here...go left as this goes down to the large pool at the base of the falls.
First view of the falls from the trail.
That last short part of the hike was actually the hardest to us.
Two mallards were enjoying the water in the larger pool at the bottom of the falls.
This is an awesome hike! According to the VC the total miles for this hike is 8.4. According to our feet and muscles it was more like what I would imagine a 10 mile forced march with full gear would be like. It pretty much spanked us. Recovery was quick though as the next day, we were planning for our next adventure!That brings me to the last topic in the title...a make-over. Well, our feet hurt after that hike...especially my heels. So we decided a visit to REI was in order with hiking boots in hand. The very knowledgeable young sales lady informed us our boots had plenty of tread and recommended we simply give them a makeover with new inner soles.
Hope you are having a great week!
Until next time, stay awake, take care and enjoy!
That was some yawn!