A sad sight, looking from the Tucson airport, last day in AZ. I wonder, if I lived here year round, would the novelty of it all wear off? Probably so probably I should welcome these breaks while anticipation for the next visit builds. Yet, I still find myself almost every day looking at something and saying out loud, "Wow, look at that!" I think that is remarkable and am lucky to have those experiences. During the flight to Ohio, I thought, "What were the most significant events of this trip?".....
First was the awesome hike from the south rim of the Grand Canyon to Horseshoe Mesa, then down to the Tonto Platform, hiking clockwise, getting a bit lost, running into two people who confirmed I was on the right track, climbing back to the Mesa and then once on the Grandview Trail, out of the Canyon. The adventure aspect is so cool.
Next on the list was the hike to the top of Table Mountain in the Catalina Mountain range. Gawd that was awesome reaching it and looking to the north and west. I patted myself on the back so often I had sores from the effort.
Hiking to the top of Battleship for about the 6th time was, as usual, a great experience but then hiking to the top of Greonimo Mountain the next week and looking down on Battleship was great.
The off trail hike to Thimble Peak, there in the distance must be on my list and although...
...I have hiked to Finger Rock Guard 3 times, doing so and sitting there while listening to the Buckeye game against MI was great fun. That they won while I was hiking back down and screaming, "Yes!" added to the experience. Of course, practically all.....
....hikes have this in common, fantastic views of multiple mountain ranges, valleys, ridges, etc.... Can't wait to get back there but in the meantime, there are hikes and rides in Ohio to come, one as early as Wednesday. More to come soon.