Posts Tagged ‘Cycling’

The new day brings a great sunrise!

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Get up and out early to witness the majestic sunrises we enjoy daily here in the Sonoran Desert. Amazing colors explode due in part to our atmospheric conditions.

See more, learn more with a professional hiking and mountain biking guide.

Southwest Trekking provides professional guided tours involving education about the very unique flora and fauna in Southern Arizona!

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

 

Pretty

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Beyond the populated city awaits some of the prettiest views.

The monsoon rains make the whole desert pop with color. Pictured above you have the iconic Saguaro, Teddy Bear Cholla, Palo Verde Trees, Ocotillo, and flora that only reveals its beauty after a few storms.

The rain cools down the hot summer giving a nice break for some outdoor fun with a relaxing nature hike or for more of a workout a bike ride, that will surely get your body moving

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service

520.296.9661

www.swtrekking. com

 

Big storms transform our desert!

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Tucson’s wet summer has arrived!

Isolated thunder storms bring massive amounts of rain in a very short time.

The result is an explosion of life and cooler weather throughout the Sonoran Desert.

This is a great time to get out for a guided hike or guided mountain bike adventure with…

Southwest Trekking

Professional Outdoor

Guiding Service

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

 

 

Sonoran Sunrise

Friday, July 14th, 2017

The summer monsoon storms create the most breathtaking views!

Seeing the morning sun ascend over the Santa Catalina Mountains after a night of monsoon storms is inspiring, yet not entirely captured in photos.

The best way to experience this in it’s splendor is an early morning hike or a bike ride, mountain or road.

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service offers professional, knowledgeable hiking and biking guides, bicycle rentals, trail support, and shuttles to the trailhead of your choice.

Southwest Trekking

520.296.9661 

www.swtrekking. com

 

 

Sun-kissed

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

An early morning outing to catch this rugged and beautiful scene of sun-kissed Saguaros in the old Southwest during the hot hot summer months is a perfect way to start the day

Southwest Trekking Professional Guides know just where to take you for some of the best views. Get there by hike, bike or both the choice is yours, we’ll take you there!

Give us a call 520.296.9661

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service

Www.swtrekking.com

 

An inside look!

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

You are looking at the inside structure of the mighty Saguaro! This inner skeleton of wood ribs gives this giant many advantages to surviving in the Sonora Desert. Learn more by hiring a professional hiking guide from Southwest Trekking.

Guided hiking and mountain biking with transportation and a unique insight in to this very unique area and all of its beauty.

Southwest Trekking

Professional Guide Service

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

 

(more…)

Ready for Monsoons!

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

 

Just kidding there aren’t really tornados. Well maybe a couple of rare sightings here and there. The monsoon is our rainy season here in Arizona. There may not be tornados, but there will be hellacious storms going on all around while your little patch of neighborhood is sunny. Just like Mr. Theunis Wessels in the photo, you’ll be “keeping an eye on it” while doing your chores, walking your dog, hiking, or riding your bike. It really is a beautiful time of year for us here in the Sonoran desert. Sit up on a high point and watch the lightning storms electrocute the valley bellow. The afternoons in the summer finally become bearable and cool off. It really is amazing. I can’t wait!

For more on Mr. Theunis Wessel’s story click here

Wanna ride in Arizona?

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Arizona has amazing cycling opportunities, call Southwest Trekking for your own personal customized tour.

We will provide all equipment or bring your own and we will tailor the experience for your wants and abilities.

Mountain or road cycling is abundant in Southern Arizona, Southwest Trekking will pick you up at your hotel or residence and design the best ride for you!

Tucson has proximity to desert or mountain trail routes with tons of diversity and elevation change.

Mount Lemmon is a favorite in the summer for great weather and optimal riding conditions!

Give us a call and we will make sure you get the most out of your outdoor adventure.

Southwest Trekking also provides mountain and road bike rentals as well as guided hiking tours with flora and fauna education.

Professional Outdoor Guiding Service

(520) 296-9661

www.swtrekking.com

 

Arizona Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi)

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Not much introduction is needed for the very popular Lavender Plant but who would have thought that it would grow wild here in this rugged Sonoran Desert.

Arizona offers an amazing assortment of Native Medicinal Herbs, Lavender being one of the most fragrant and widely used. The leaves and dried flowers produce a power house of calming fragrance and medicinal components when enjoyed as a tea

Most desert herbs are hard to identify so hiring a knowledgeable hiking and biking guide from Southwest Trekking can help teach you about the diverse flora and healing nature of this beautiful desert.

Come visit Tucson and give us a call to book your desert adventure!

Southwest Trekking Professional Guiding Service

520.296.9661

Www.swtrekking.com

 

 

Tarantula Hawk

Monday, June 26th, 2017

You may have seen these wasps recently as they are quite active in the Tucson area right now.  Beware!  The sting of the tarantula hawk is the most painful of any insect in North America!

Tarantula hawks are most active in the summer, during the day, although they avoid the highest temperatures. Females give the wasps their common name. Like all members of this genus, they require a spider to serve as host for their larvae, and in the case of the local species, tarantulas are the preferred nursery.

A female wasp finds a tarantula by smell. Generally, she scampers across the ground to locate a burrow. She will enter the burrow and expel the spider, then attack it. She may also encounter a male tarantula during his search for a mate. In an attack, the wasp uses her antennae to probe the spider, which may raise its front legs and bare its fangs. (A tarantula does not always counterattack.) She then attempts to sting the spider. She might seize the spider by a leg, flip it over on its back and sting it, or she may approach from the side to deliver a sting. Once stung, the tarantula becomes paralyzed within seconds. The condition will last for the remainder of its life. The wasp may drink the body fluids oozing from the spider’s wounds or from its mouth to replenish nutrients and water she used during the attack.

Video of the Tarantula Hawk

If the wasp expelled her victim, she will drag it back into its own burrow, now a burial vault, lay a single egg on the spider’s abdomen, then seal the chamber. If the wasp succeeds in stinging a male tarantula on a mating hunt, she will excavate a burrow, drag the paralyzed spider inside, lay her single egg, and seal the chamber.

Read more: https://www.desertusa.com/insects/tarantula-hawks.html#ixzz4l7eRmHmo 

To avoid getting stung by the tarantula hawk, or by an inexperienced guide service, call Southwest Trekking for all your outdoor needs!
Southwest Trekking
Professional Guide Services
520-296-9661
www.swtrekking.com