Backpacking in Saguaro National Park - Rincon Mountains, AZ (Day 1)I was excited to finally get back out there by myself but I was feeling trepidation as well. What if I no longer liked backpacking? What if I got lonely? What if I ran out of water? What if this is too hard for me and I haven't trained enough?
- 10 Essentials
- Arizona Trail
- AZ Sky Islands
- Coronado National Forest
- Cowhead Saddle
- desert chicory
- Manning Camp
- Mica Mountain
- prickly pear
- Rincon Mountains
- Saguaro National Park
- solo adventure
- solo backpacking
- solo camping
- solo hiking
- Sonoran Desert
- Southern Arizona
- Tanque Verde Peak
- Tanque Verde Ridge
Ramsey Canyon Preserve & Hamburg Trail - Sierra Vista, AZI'd just finished reading Wynne Brown's biography of Sara Plummer Lemmon called "The Forgotten Botanist" and was reminded that Sara and her husband JG Lemmon spent a lot of time botanizing the Huachucas, an Arizona Sky Island I'd never visited before! I looked on a map and quickly started planning my trip there.
August Art Hike Recap - Mt Bigelow, AZOur August Art Hike allowed us to explore the Bigelow Trail after an incredible week of monsoons in Tucson. The Santa Catalina Mountains have been gobbling up all of this rain, turning the mountains lush and green, and sending huge amounts of water down to the thirsty washes and desert below.
June Art Hike Recap - Marshall Gulch, Mt Lemmon, AZFor June's Art Hike we headed back up Mt Lemmon to one of my favorite trails: Marshall Gulch. We got incredibly lucky with some cloud cover because this trail can get warm in the sun. We had another great group come out to hike and paint, some new faces and some who joined us last month.
May Art Hike Recap - Mt Lemmon Lookout, AZLast month I hosted the very first Arizona Art Hike with The Kula Academy! I've wanted to do something like this for years, to finally combine my paint brushes and my hiking boots was a dream come true. It's kind of why I went with the name Brushes and Boots.
Tanque Verde Ridge Trail - Saguaro National ParkFor living so close to Saguaro National Park, I don't make it there as much as I should. The Park is split into two districts, East and West, on either side of Tucson. The East district is 10 minutes from my home.
Mica View Trail - Saguaro National ParkIf you want to hike in Saguaro National Park but don't want to drive all the way into the Park, I have a not-so-secret secret to share with you: the Broadway Trailhead.
Marshall Gulch Trail After the Bighorn FireI hadn't been on this trail since the devastating Bighorn Fire burned almost 200,000 acres of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It was started by a lightning strike on June 5, 2020 near Bighorn Mountain (hence the name) and burned until July 23, 2020. Due to an almost non-existent monsoon season and extremely dry conditions the wildfire spread quickly from one side of the Catalinas to the other. It was gut wrenching to see the entire mountain up in flames and see billows of smoke from my backyard.
Backpacking in Saguaro National Park - Rincon Mountains, AZ (Day 1)
Ramsey Canyon Preserve & Hamburg Trail - Sierra Vista, AZ
August Art Hike Recap - Mt Bigelow, AZ
June Art Hike Recap - Marshall Gulch, Mt Lemmon, AZ
May Art Hike Recap - Mt Lemmon Lookout, AZ
Tanque Verde Ridge Trail - Saguaro National Park
Mica View Trail - Saguaro National Park
Marshall Gulch Trail After the Bighorn Fire