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Jan 18, 2016 - Catalina with friends

It was comfortable camping at the KOA, but we were in need of a little elbow room and a more pristine environment so we headed north of Tucson to Catalina State Park for our third stay here. We gave up decent wi-fi and a sewer connection for great scenery. The park is bounded by the Catalina Mountains. As the sun rises and moves through the sky, the shadows move as well and the colors change. We could spend all day sitting and watching them. But we were visited by our energetic friends who took us on a hike through the park. When you hike...

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Jan 17, 2016 - what's new?

With this lifestyle, sometimes days go by when the only people we talk to are each other. That doesn't really bother us, although after over 45 years of marriage, there are few things that we can discuss that are a surprise. Because we read about different topics, sharing what we have learned can be the only new bits of information we can talk about. This make us really appreciate the times when we meet friends, old and new and can have far ranging discussions about things we don't already know. Yesterday we visited with friends from home...

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Feb 6, 2015 - Catalina Mountains and Biosphere 2

Ventana Canyon Hike and Biosphere 2 The Santa Catalina Mountains are another great hiking destination, although I didn’t really know that until arriving here. The Catalina State Park Ranger station was a nice starting place for hike info, and I asked one of the younger rangers if he had any recommendations for two or three hikes. First on his list was the Ventana Canyon, a conceivably 13 mile hike, with an elevation gain of over 3800 feet! Okay. Fortunately, the hike had a nice halfway point at only 1300 feet elevation gain. I have learned...

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Nov 17, 2014 - Catalina State Park, Tucson

In 2014 we have traveled through 3 distinct types of deserts: The Great Basin, also known as the Basin & Range,extends from eastern Washington and eastern Oregon, through parts of Idaho and all of northern Nevada. It's main plant features are sage brush and other similar brush, pinyon pines and juniper tress. Another desert we've gone back and forth through is the Mojave. The plant which makes this desert stand out is the Joshua Tree. Also common are ocatillo, prickly pear and cholla. Southern Nevada and south-eastern California are...

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Rambling Rodericks

Mar 8, 2014 - close by

The city of Tucson has spread north to the state park where we are camped and a mall is right across the street. This weekend it hosted at art fair. We love to go to art fairs and see what creative people come up with to tempt us to part with our dollars. This one had quality stuff and much of it had the southwestern look we would expect around here. There was lots of great jewelry for sale - no surprise now that we've been to the gem & mineral show. We hiked another canyon and were surprised to find water once again. The lush green grass...

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Mar 5, 2014 - Sabino Canyon

We've returned to the Tucson area to do a final bit of sight seeing on the northern side of town. We're camped in Catalina State Park. We came to Catalina for the day last year and heard about the fabulous sunset views on the mountains here and wanted to see them for ourselves. State parks are always nice places to camp. The sites are huge and it feels more like vein out in nature than the resort where we spent the last few months. Obviously many people agree with us. The campground is totally full and the overflow area is overflowing. Our...

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Apr 2, 2012 - Bye Bye Mesa

Our assignment at Mesa is done. Yippeee. We are now at Catalina State Park located in Oro Valley which is a suburb of Tucson. This park is an oasis in the middle of a metropolitan area located about a mile off of the main road. From our site, you can see mountains in the background and the desert flora and fauna that we missed while were working in Mesa. There are a number of trails to hike and a short bike trail nearby. We were here five years ago and enjoyed the park but we were wondering if it would still have the same appeal. It...

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Feb 16, 2012 - Catalina State Park, Catalina, Arizona

This morning we liesurely enjoyed our coffee while watching the news channels and getting some final glimpses of the Superstition Mountains to the north of our site. Mid-morning, we began our short 75-mile trip for the day to Catalina State Park. We checked in at the Ranger Station and proceeded to site 46 in the A loop. Before setting up, we dumped our holding tanks at the dump station since there are no waste water receptacles at the sites. Our spot is at the end of a row and very secluded with strong 50 amp power and great views. For my...

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Dream On

Nov 26, 2011 - Catalina State Park Canyon Loop Trail

We decided to revisit a hike we had done another winter - Catalina State Park is about 15 miles north of Tucson. It's an interesting hike (The Canyon Loop Trail). It starts off climbing above "the canyon" - which is wash - containing a significant amount of water on our last hike - but only a small amount this time. None of the stream crossings required us to remove shoes and socks. The hike continues along the canyon edge heading slightly up and towards the beautiful Catalina Mountains. At its eastern-most point the trail turns north to a...

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Oct 23, 2011 - Catalina State Park, AZ

We have been traveling a little faster than we would like because we want to be in Puerto Penasco, Mexico on October 25th. A little more time has past since JC's last treatments and he is doing pretty good. We share the driving. Go for shorter walks and get more rest. Recovery from treatment is a slow process reminding us of the virtues of patience. Today we arrived in Tucson in plenty of time for Holmes Tuttle Ford to check out what was wrong with our Escape Hybrid. The bad news is the control module for the power steering went out and...

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Jan 26, 2011 - Catalina, Arizona – Tucson area

We traveled some 200 miles east and, through a strange coincidence, moved from one “Catalina” to another: Catalina Spa in Desert Hot Springs, California, to Catalina State Park in Arizona, north of Tucson. We had several reasons for being at Catalina State Park. (1) SaddleBrooke, where Jon’s brother Roger, sister-in-law Jude, and stepmother Janet live, is only about eight miles north. (2) Ranger Steve, for whom we volunteered at Sonoita Creek State Natural Area (SCSNA) in 2006 and 2008, is now the head ranger at Catalina State Park. (3)...

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2011-Adventures

Mar 10, 2010 - Flash flood!

We left Kartchner Sunday morning, knowing full well a storm was forecast, but cleverly incorporating our knowledge that our next destination, Catalina State Park, was very popular and often full. We figured, with the storm coming and it being the end of the weekend and all, we might get in! So we left Kartchner early early early Sunday morning, stopped at a bank machine and a grocery store, and arrived at Catalina Park in late morning, and -- there was room! We smiled smugly at our cleverness and continued smiling, but not so smugly, for...

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