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scatman

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@scatman - At least you didn't have to move any snakes away from the trail today!
Yeah, no snakes this time. I pulled a groin muscle playing basketball two weeks ago and it was giving me grief on the hike today. I was beginning to think someone was going to have to move me off the trail. :) You know what is interesting though, while no snakes today, I did see a butterfly just off the summit on our way down. It was the first butterfly I have ever seen in December.
 

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Titans

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We have been hiking next to some lovely big Saguaro the last couple of days. We hiked on the west as well as the east side of Tucson. Today we hiked up the steep Tanque Verde ridge trail, but the Saguaro disappear around 4,000 ft, so we turned around after 1,800 ft elevation gain. Lots of confused people at the bottom, trying to find their way in the park (park open, but visitor center is close). We might try to hike into Sabino canyon tomorrow- usually we stay far away from there, but I'm hoping the crowds are focused on holiday morning activities!

Saguaro group hug:
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Rick next to one of the big Saguaro:
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A nice group of saguaro, with a crested one:
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And here I am next to a fallen one, rare to see (luckily):
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A black and white big Saguaro:
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And the crested Saguaro close up:
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Yeah, no snakes this time. I pulled a groin muscle playing basketball two weeks ago and it was giving me grief on the hike today. I was beginning to think someone was going to have to move me off the trail. :) You know what is interesting though, while no snakes today, I did see a butterfly just off the summit on our way down. It was the first butterfly I have ever seen in December.

Ouch, that sounds very painful. That injury can linger for a bit. You know, the older we get, the longer it takes to recover (I can only speak for myself!). Maybe a "Soma" for a few nights ;)
That butterfly might not live long, too cold. Lots of butterflies and flowers in Tucson, but that's hardly a surprise.
 

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