This year the Jet Stream has been horseshoeing deep into Old Mexico. Storm after storm, followed by cold front after cold front; it's wreaking havoc with our limited winter wardrobe.
I mentioned to winter "locals" Jim and Allison a few evenings ago that it feels more Seattle than Sonoran. And me, without one single pair of long pants (not that I would actually wear them).
It's been so cool and wet this year in "sunny" Southern Arizona we've hardly worked up a good sweat on outings. Such were the conditions on a cold, breezy day after sitting out a couple days of rain and wind. Skies had cleared and we were itching to get outdoors for an extended hike...before the next wave of weather rolled in. We headed a couple miles up the road to the Wasson Peak trailhead.
Knowing it would be windy and cold going up, I had a pack stuffed with gloves, stocking cap and multiple layers of polypro. Nothing I could do about the shorts, though I did ponder wearing my flannel PJs for a moment. Naw. Not there yet. Maybe in a couple years...
The Sonoran Desert is particularly verdant and clear this year. All the cold fronts and subsequent rain sweeps air pollution out to sea, leaving crisp, clean air and far views in it's wake. A good day to have a look at Tucson from the top of Wasson. Might even be able to see the surrounding mountains!
It's been a few years since we viewed the petroglyphs in King's Canyon, so we opted for the wash approach, below the trail...
|Ala Groucho Marx: "Hows about I show you my etchings." :)|
This one resembles a Diamond Back Rattlesnake! Perhaps a warning?
|Sheesh, men...always exaggerating their "manhood."|
|It was so cold it took a long time for poppies to unwrap from slumber.|
|A gangly saguaro gives directions to Wasson Peak...|
Kitt and Baboquivari peaks to the west
|Kitt Peak Observatory complex|
|First glimpse of Tucson|
|The last stretch before the summit|
|From the top, 4,687 feet above sea level...about a 2,000 foot climb, er, "hike," actually. Windy all the way up, but nary a breeze on top. Huh...|