Archive for September, 2011


Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Here are some images of those wind-thrown Saguaros from the far west side of Avra Valley & to the ESE of the Waterman Mtns.( approx. Lat. 32 degress, 19 mins. N. & Long. 111 degrees, 25 mins. W. )  These all were leveled by the same event prior to their discovery by two pilots returning to their home base in Avra Valley on Saturday, 10 September 2011.

I figure this was the result of either a “gust front” or a “microburst”!

The jpg 3900s are from one area – “blow up” jpg 3923 to see “fallen troops” strewn about the back-ground slope.     Only a few of those have had significant enough “freeze damage” to aid their falling.      West is approx. to the left in these three images.

In the background of jpg 3821 at the ground horizon line in the mid-level background and partly “eclipsed” by the twin branches on the left side of the Palo Verde tree, is another fallen Saguaro.

These are two Saguaros of a “group” of five that are in relatively close( in sight of each other ) proximity to one another.     The area of wind-thrown Saguaros reaches from behind this image to, at least, the “pass” to the left of the small dark hill on the horizon.     The view is towards the NE.

—————— Bill


Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Which is how things are in Tucson. It has been quite a late monsoon this year, but better late than never. And with this wonderful rain the temps have dropped nicely too. I saw a high for Saturday around 89 degrees!!!! That’s almost 20 degrees cooler than last Saturday. YES, I am happy to say that I think we have turned the corner of summer and have entered into fall. Time to dry out, cool down, and get ready for winter.

So now that the weather is nice, lets get out there and run some trails, climb some mountain, and bomb down the hills.

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Night Ride

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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This and That

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Well, what a journey it has been. After graduating from college over a year ago, I was finally able to nail down a job here in town. In addition to my work with Southwest Trekking, you can now find me bagging groceries at your local Albertson’s Grocery Store. Clearly, I have found myself in a position of underemployment, but in this day in age, I am just happy to be able to do something. Although, I continue to find myself outside, it is not the outside as you would have on the trails. It is outside collecting shopping carts in the parking lot. Perhaps I can still make the most of it, getting a workout here and there, being on my feet for 8 hours at a time, and sometimes lifting heavy objects. I guess this is my welcoming into the work force.

But what if all this playing out in the desert wasn’t for nothing? What if there was something greater in the making after all of those hours on the trail? Maybe being outside and developing a particular set of professional skills could carry into different realms. Maybe being a part of Generation 9/11 means devoting oneself to the greater good.

Our thoughts are with you.



Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Went on the morning sunrise hike today with a guest and saw a family of javalina. There were about 8 or 10 of them strolling around, munching on some leaves, and actually blocked the trail for awhile. Which was a great up close encounter, but also a little scary as these guys can bite when cornered. So we let them have their space, and with a little claping and shouting they took off for the hills. It’s always a little rewarding when you get to see the wild life being wild. Getting up does have its advantages.