It looks like a mild damp day is upon us. But it just so happens these damp conditions make for a great ride out here in the Tucson Mountains. The moisture makes the sandy washes more dense and makes for faster easier riding! Come on out and let me show you!!
Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category
On our morning hike at the JW Marriott Starr Pass this morning. My guest Annette from Pheonix asked me, “Whats that green stuff in the tree?”. She was refering to a Palo Verde tree about 20 feet away that had a wonderful example of a Desert Mistletoe. She was unaware of the juicy smooch she missed by 20 feet. So guest beware of your guide during this holiday season as there are many, many desert mistletoe in the great out of doors here in Tucson. You just might get lip smacked by your caring guide!
The desert is alive with fall colors! The ocotillo’s are ablaze in yellow orange and red and the palo verde’s are just begging to turn as well! Come out on a hike or a bike ride with us and enjoy the fall flush!!
On our complimentary morning hike at the JW Marriott Starr Pass, I enjoyed a selection of fresh wild berries! There were wolf berries, hack berries, and strawberry pincushion fruit!! What a great treat on a beautiful day! Never eat berries without positive identification. Don’t know how to identify? Take us with you we can teach you how and keep you from getting lost!!
These beauties were seen in Catalina state park while preparing for an awsome team building, scavenger hunt adventure. whether its a family event or a large corporate outing like this one we can make it happen! And we will remind you to have fun and enjoy the natural beauty that our dessert has to offer!
I have been riding a lot lately, putting miles in on the road as well as the mountain. I am turning 39 in February and looking for 39-40 being the healthiest I have ever been. As part of this I am on a Juice fast its been over a week and I feel great. I have lost 16 pounds so far and more energy than ever. The only time I feel hungry or the urge for food is when I am bored. I am getting to race weight and eliminating toxins like mad. Well only 50 days of this juice fast to go, wish me luck and see you on trail. I’ll race you!
Dispite the hard freeze that we expierienced this year as well as dismal rains, there is still a small amount of saguaro fruit around. I won’t be doing a real harvest as the amount of fruit available is low. Some morsels will be enjoyed on trail. Look for fruits that have been knocked into the shrubs or weeds around a saguaro. This will keep you from breaking the no harvesting on public lands thing, and the shrub usually keeps the ants off of them.
Well the 18 degree dip and lack of significant precipitation have led to an almost non existent wildflower and thus wild edible season. In such a scarce year I will not harvest, so that plants may reseed and we can hope for a better year to come. Depending on the monsoons some recipes may reach you in the fall but the spring menu is blank. I will let you know when natures bounty returns. Until then Hike, Bike, Run with someone you love, or one of our lovely guides.
Wow, we are having weather! I mean not just sunny and warm but real weather. Here’s a sight you don’t see every day! Had a couple photographers on the morning hike that got some great seldom seen shots of our beautiful desert! Here’s a shot of them getting their shots.