Rylie

Rylie
Rylie

Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie
Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Monday, April 13, 2009

Picacho Peak State Park

Picacho Peak

Before leaving Tucson, I had the opportunity to meet my sister Julie for a hike. Julie, who now lives in Hawaii, was in Phoenix visiting some of her grandkids. We decided to meet at Picacho Peak State Park and go for a hike. There was a forest of saguaro cactus and many other varieties, but there were few that were flowering.


Our original plan was to go all the way to the top of the peak; however, we encountered this in the final mile of the hike:


These are some other hikers climbing the cables up the peak. The bottom figure is a woman who struggled up halfway and then decided that was enough for her and came back down. Her husband made it up this stretch but then came back down and reported that this was just the beginning of the cables section. I had not hiked for several months and neither Julie nor I had gloves, which were recommended for the cables portion of the hike, so we decided this was a good spot to have our lunch. We were satisfied with the view, and our hike.


Julie and Me

Rylie's Notes:

What is the point of all of that climbing if you are have the food with you the whole time?

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Where Have I Been???

I know, it has been far too long since I've done a blog post. But I've been busy! I was working hard to finish up my photo sales in Tucson before I had to head to the San Francisco Bay Area. I must say that I wasn't quite ready to leave Tucson, even though I was really looking forward to seeing Cammie and my friends. I wanted to be in Concord on the 6th for Cammie's birthday, so I had to scramble to get everything done and cover the miles.

I also had a couple of visitors before I left Tucson. Lorna was one of the women tha
t made up the Baja Babes that I explored the Baja peninsula with a couple of years ago. She stopped for a couple of nights on her way East, so we had a fun time catching up. I wanted to attend the Festival of Books they were having that weekend, and Lorna was gracious enough to let me drag her along. This event took place at the university, and they had nearly 400 authors doing workshops and book signings over the course of the weekend. We attended a workshop and an interview, bought some books, got them signed, and talked to some of the writers. As a wannabe writer, I really enjoy these kinds of events, and Lorna had a good time too.

Roy Peter Clark


Festival of Books


Lorna Hiding


I also had a hike with my sister Julie before I left Tucson, but I'll write about that later.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff and I saw another javelina when we were walking in the neighborhood. The smelly beast was lying next to a fence not far from where we were walking along a busy street, close to an elementary school. I stopped for a good sniff and brought it to The Staff's attention -- she probably would not have noticed it if I had not clued her in. I wanted to hang around and investigate further, but she thought it might charge, so we went on our way. She can be such a spoil sport sometimes.