Archive for February, 2012

Sunset

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Riding until the sunsets.

A quick, short presentation of a recent ride with the dudes at Kona Bikes.  Yep, again, The Arizona Trail.

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Searching

Monday, February 27th, 2012

This weekend a friend of mine, my wife, my dog, and myself all journeyed out into the desert in search of a specific plant. Our search took us to a riparian habitat off of the San Pedro River. This river flows most of the year, and due to the large amounts of water is home to many large and beautiful Cotton Wood trees.

The plant we were looking for was Seep Willow. It’s actually not really a willow, but rather from the Sunflower family, but resembles one in appearance. It’s also called Water Wally, Mule Fat, and a number of other common names. What makes this plant interesting is that when rubbed against some wood, it starts on fire at a very low temperature. This is quite useful for starting friction fires by hand.

So we found one really straight, dead stick, and brought it home with us. We then spun it in our hands against a Sotol flower stem and voila, and ember.

Just goes to show you, if you know what your looking for you can find just about everything you need right in the desert.

The Sonoran Desert

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

An initial glimpse of the desert landscape might leave an impression of vastness and struggle.  And while both at times are true, a slightly closer inspection shows us that while the land is vast and the struggle to live is apparent, life continues on.  An impressive balancing act of organisms which constantly rely on one another happens in front of our eyes, every second of everyday.

The Sonoran desert is a prime example of how all beings, whether walking or growing, are inter connected to one another.  The fallen saguaro decomposing and fertilizing the soil for future generations – the water that falls on the thirsty earth to the flowers that happily drink and bloom – the insects that pollinate the flora to the animals that survive on the fruit – the shade of a mesquite tree sheltering a mule deer to the mountain lions ever patient and watchful eye – everything is connected, all is equal.

Hiking through the magical environment of the Sonoran desert gives us an opportunity, a window, to view the workings of our natural world.  To leave the paved ground in search of raw earth and fresh air provides the solitude needed to appreciate the symbiotic connections that allow life to continue.

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What more can I say?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

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Snow

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Yeah well, OK, it does snow here, kinda.  We had some really cold weather last week and it snowed.  Clients come to Southern Arizona for warm weather.

Ken sent me these pics of a recent outing.

The Gang is all here.

That be snow in them mountains

That's me driving one of our buses.

Ken is a pretty good picture taker.

Ken liked the various rock formations.

An old cattle corral.The trail. The Arizona Trail

 

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Aravaipa Canyon

Monday, February 13th, 2012

We were asked to shuttle a bunch of past clients to one end of Aravaipa Canyon.  And pick them up at the other end.  So we did it.  Great guys, they come to Tucson almost every year and look into doing an adventure.  And they use Southwest Trekking to help facilitate the adventures.  We help facilitate adventures and fun.  They had an awesome time on their hike.  Until next year guys.  Thanks, yet once again.

Before

After

 

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Canadians

Monday, February 13th, 2012

I tell ya, I love them neighbors to our north.

Father, Son and amigo (Friend)  We had a blast.  Great mountain biking and new friends.  Life is good.  And, and, great weather.  Weird.

 

John Heiman

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And we will have fun, oh yeah.

A ride

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Took a group of people mountain biking yesterday. They were a fun group of varied abilities, so things were interesting. All had fun, all had an adventure, and all made it back to the hotel alive. So in a nutshell, it was a success.

All in a days work . . .

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Recreation

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

“To re-create oneself.”

Well we all re-created ourselves on a glorious hike today.  Into Ventana Canyon.  Perfect conditions, perfect clients.

John Heiman

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Citizen critters.

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I saw a roadrunner waiting in a crosswalk  today. It sat on the curb and waited for one car from each direction to pass then crossed directly across the street in the crosswalk. I wonder ho many jaywalking tickets those damn bike cops had to give before that bit of evolution took place?