Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Impulse for Tucson

A friend told a story of adventure, and right in the middle of it, I decided to go to Arizona. I made sure Spud was packed with the essentials, but before I could embark on that kind of foolishness, my cousin invited me to stay with her.

She has the delightful skills of nurturing and kindness, while being annoyance-tolerant. It's a combination that just begs relatives to visit.

Seriously, she's almost a saint.

Left alone for an entire morning, I went geocaching. A cache presented itself within theoretical walking distance, so naturally I jumped in the car and headed toward it.

I think of my friend Zee.

The cache was in an arroyo, where coyotes ignore the speed limit. THAT'S adventure! I tumbled right in where regular people just cross the footbridge and keep moving. I saw it there, the cache, at the top of a bank I had no intention of scaling.

 I've been missing saguaros lately, like an actual longing. I notice that we People of New Mexico decorate with them, but we're poseurs. Saguaros live in the Sonoran desert. Chihuahuas live in the Chihuahuan desert.

Gates Pass

Folks back home sayin', "Why don't he write?"

It was hiding in plain sight!

This one was not-so-hidden in plain sight.

This vacation was the luxe life, and I'm powerless to refuse that kind of adventure. We worked up the courage to eat at a French restaurant, braved the elements to reach cafes, and risked our safety for the best parking spots in front of shops. I'm just saying don't let fear stop you from reaching for your dreams.

We started up Mount Lemmon today, but by Molino Canyon Vista we realized we were hangry, so we bagged the scenery and headed toward snacks.

I may or may not stop to see The Thing on my way home tomorrow. That's the kind of tantalization you come here for.

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Mark Johnson said...

Living on the edge! :)

Bill said...

"She has the delightful skills of nurturing and kindness, while being annoyance-tolerant."

We curmudgeons took note of that.

Anonymous said...

Impromptu road trip - the answer to so many issues! Well done.

Sue Malone said...

Amazing how many of us are hanging around here. We went up Mt Lemmon on Friday, and I am only now catching up on blogs after two years hiatus while we built our house in GP. Nice to "see"everyone again.

Sherry said...

I saw it. The same picture twice. It must be a clue. But I still don't get it. Love the cresteds.

Good Luck Duck said...

Sherry, you saw the same picture twice?? Was it twice as good the second time?

There's a lot to see around Tucson, Sue, even not-camping.

I agree, Donna. There's just something about leaving it all in the rear-view mirror for a while.

Ha Bill! My cousin could soften up even the crustiest curmudgeon.

Mark, my edge was soft and comfy.

VtChris said...

So did you cash the cache? I too recently "tried" to geo cache. Twice actually. I just haven't got the hang of it...why something so simple was so complicated... Great pics! Made me home sick and I don't even live there :)

Good Luck Duck said...

Chris, I often don't find the cache I seek. I saw this one, but didn't lay my hands on it (at the top of a bank I was at the bottom of).

Jodee Gravel said...

Tumbled right in....LOL Love the cresteds - and that hawk!!! All the bestest peeps are in Tucson right now :-))))

¡Vizcacha! said...

I love cresteds, too, Jodee - I've always got my hawk-eye out for them.

Barb said...

Great pictures as usual. I agree - who knew I'd end up loving the desert and cactus and ravens and turkey buzzards? Just a little ole girl from California who tent camped for vacations under the Redwoods? I'm SO happy to be in New Mexico now, but sure I'll wander across the state line from time to time. :)

Good Luck Duck said...

Barb, New Mexico feels like home to me, and Arizona is my exotic neighbor. Yes, coming from the Northeast with its green and plentiful water, I never imagined how much I'd love the desert.

Was your move to NM easy-peasy?

VtChris said...

Every time I see that photo of you working on a jig saw puzzle it makes me want to put together another one. So I bought one about a year ago and a week ago finally got it out and started to put it together. I quickly learned it wasn't any fun without you...and donated it to the campground's swap box. Love ya!

Roxi said...

What a nice thing to say! Not that you shouldn't have fun without me - I'm just glad I can enhance fun now and then. :o)