One of my former coworkers, Frank, has recently taken up hiking. He’s invited me and Ty and other coworkers on weekend and evening hikes.
Usually, I am so busy with soccer, I haven’t had time.
But last weekend, Ty asked if I wanted to go hike Sabino Canyon. I declined my indoor game, and we set out to hike to 7 falls.
For our first hike, it was not bad, except that my shoes were not the right choice. My feet started hurting really bad on the way up. I think it was about 7 or so miles, except we ended up doing more b/c we started in a different spot then the trail head on my app.
On the way back it was awful, I even thought about taking them off and going barefoot. lol
anyhow, it was a nice, moderately challenging hike. We crossed several streams and had to actually hike up quite a bit.
Aside from my hurting feet, I really enjoyed it.
I didn’t get sore at all. I think probably b/c I have been weight lifting.
Ty did. LOL
Yesterday, Ty and I hiked a super easy trail in Saguaro National Park. Half way through, we found a tiny mountain hill and climbed that. Then came back down and hiked the rest of the trail.
I wore different shoes, but still, not ideal.
I am finding it incredibly addicting.
You go out, find a nice trail, pack water, sun block, chapstick, a couple of protein bars, some nuts and you go.
You are in the middle of a beautiful natural desert, walking and climbing up and down and hoping to come across a bob cat or mountain lion or javelina -in the distance! At Sabino we saw a road runner and at Saguaro we only saw a bunny. LOL but it was still beautiful.
It is calming and meditative, and you can just let your thoughts go.
It reminds me of what soccer used to mean to me when I was struggling with Del and my divorce and Stacy’s suicide and all that… I’d go out and play and not think about anything but the game.
its very similar. Except you are walking and experiencing a closeness with the earth that just takes you away from the bs of life. and it can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
Eventually, Id like to hike this trail labeled hard out at Saguaro that leads to Juniper Basin, where I can camp and then hike back. goals.
Ty said he loves it and if we are going to keep doing it, he’ll need to invest in better shoes. Agreed.
I found some Columbia hiking shoes I really like, they are $80.
and while I know I love doing this, I hate investing in it if I’m not 100% certain I’ll do it frequently.
I mean, I’d easily drop a couple hundred on soccer cleats lol
I found a gently used pair on ebay that would cost me under $30 that I am considering. Though I like the other ones better. augh. I hate spending money. lol though not that much b/c I’m researching hiking shorts, shoes, pants, backpacks, tops so on and so forth b/c I have an addictive personality and have to have it all.
At Seven Falls, Sabino Canyon - you climb up and then back down to get to the falls
I didnt get a pic of the little ponds b/c there were people and I didnt want them in my picture lol
End of that day:
Micah View Loop Trail, in a ravine
Micah View Loop Trail, hill top
Last updated December 29, 2018