23rd April 2014

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Life is all about how well we shift the gears.

Virginia Burwell Morgan Mill 2013 Life is all about how well we shift the gears.

23rd April 2014

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Bringing Peace of Mind

Bringing Peace of Mind — Computer Painting by kenne Purple and yellow The Sonoran yin and yang…

Bringing Peace of Mind

Bringing Peace of Mind — Computer Painting by kenne Purple and yellow The Sonoran yin and yang…

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22nd April 2014

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Picacho Peak State Park Photos by kenne
(Click on any of the images to see a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Driving I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix you cannot miss Picacho Peak, a majestic rock monolith on the west-side of the Interstate. The site of Arizona’s only Civil War battle, involving a Union cavalry patrol from California with Confederate scouts from Texas, the peak has served as a landmark by travels for hundreds of years.

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Hiking The Picacho Peak Trails Picacho Peak State Park Photos by kenne (Click on any of the images to see a larger view in a slideshow format.)

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22nd April 2014

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Azure Is To Blue As . . .

… Gray Is To Black — Image by kenne Azure is to blue Some say, as gray is to black,

Azure Is To Blue As . . .

… Gray Is To Black — Image by kenne Azure is to blue Some say, as gray is to black,

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21st April 2014

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Appalachian Mountain Club Hike Mt Wrightson In Madera Canyon — Images by kenne
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This hike by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) was their last in the Tucson area. We are pleased to have been able to hike with them and share our (SCVN) knowledge and experience of hiking the trails of southern Arizona.

This is the last in a series of postings on the AMC visit to the Sonoran Desert, so let’s remember for a moment …

Let’s remember for a moment,
the trail head gatherings,
the greetings, the smiles,
the joy of another hike.

Let’s remember for a moment,
the steep climbs, the switchbacks,
the majestic views at the top,
the masterful returns.

Let’s remember for a moment,
the trail fellowship,
sharing who we are
and common interests.

Let’s remember for a moment,
the pools near mountain trails,
resting tired feet in the cold water,
watching others jump in.

Let’s remember the moment,
the hike alone ridges of granite
and the juxtapositions of water-loving
and drought-tolerating plants.

Let’s remember for a moment,
the rich biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert
which the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
illustrates through its ecological theater.

Let’s remember for a moment,
the images captured by
our mind’s eye,
lasting images to share.

Let’s remember for a moment,
that which we have added
to life’s experiences forming
a better understanding of self.

Let’s remember for a moment,
the desire, the drive to see 
what lies just over the next ridge,
on the other side of the mountain.

Let’s remember for a moment,
lots of mountains, few streams –
all dry this time of year, and my
turning back at the base of Old Baldy.

Let’s remember for a moment,
my friends from New England,
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome,
dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” *

– kenne

* Edward Abbey

Appalachian Mountain Club Hike Mt Wrightson In Madera Canyon Appalachian Mountain Club Hike Mt Wrightson In Madera Canyon — Images by kenne (Click on any of the images to see larger view in slideshow format.)

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20th April 2014

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Manly Legs In Manly Shorts

Manly Legs In Manly Shorts

SCVN Guides (1 of 1) Manly Pants_blog“Manly Legs In Manly Shorts” — Image by kenne

The latest WSJ men’s fashion headline:
“Men’s Cargo Pants Turn Refined for Spring:
No longer weighted down by its sloppy,
collegiate reputation.”
Seems that a Massachusetts bro
was mourning over, 
“retiring bigass
suburban dad cargo shorts.
Godspeed, old friend.” Sounds like a personal problem
for those who walk The Halls of Ivy,
not the hiking trails of…

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20th April 2014

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Easter Along The Borderlands

Easter Along the Borderlands — Image by kenne When you’re at the mission Sixty miles north of Nogales…

Easter Along The Borderlands

Easter Along the Borderlands — Image by kenne When you’re at the mission Sixty miles north of Nogales…

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19th April 2014

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Manzanita — To Make Young Again

Manzanita - Little Apple — Image by kenne The manzanita Adds color to mountain trails, Small apples to some.

Manzanita — To Make Young Again

Manzanita - Little Apple — Image by kenne The manzanita Adds color to mountain trails, Small apples to some.

Tagged: ArizonaArtsD800HaikuManzanitaMountain TrailsPaintingPlantsSanta Catalina MountainsSonoran DesertSouthern ArizonaTo Make Young AgainTucson Arizona

18th April 2014

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Capturing The Moment — New Mexico Groundsel

New Mexico Groundsel — Left Image In The Santa Rita Mountains, Right Image In The Santa Catalina Mountains At About 5,000 ft Elevation, April, 2014…

Capturing The Moment — New Mexico Groundsel

New Mexico Groundsel — Left Image In The Santa Rita Mountains, Right Image In The Santa Catalina Mountains At About 5,000 ft Elevation, April, 2014…

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18th April 2014

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Capturing The Moment — One Big Squirrel!

Capturing The Moment — One Big Squirrel!

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Big Rodent (1 of 1) b framedRock Squirrel — Image by kenne

This particular rock squirrel seems to prefer the view from a dead tree in Catalina State Park. When first spotted, it was about fifty yards away and because of its size we thought it might be a cat. Moving in closer we could better tell it was not a cat, but a very large squirrel. The body was at least a foot in length with a tail equally as long, making it over…

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