Best of Tucson

Best of Tucson

Truth time: we left Tucson. We left it two weeks ago and we're just finally beginning the grieving process. We LOVED this city and, in celebration of our time there, we've compiled a few of our favorite Tucson activities. Ordered by level of exertion, we hope you get a chance to experience them all!

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In Da Club: 55+ Social Activities

In Da Club: 55+ Social Activities

Paul says I write too much. I can't help it. I can't bear to leave anything out. This is an attempt at a brief "club" update.

Hardy Hikers: This is the only club that both Paul and I have joined. The hiking group heads out twice a week and goes between 8 and 16 miles each time. They are mostly Canadian and hard of hearing, so we hike along and shout at each other. I tried to teach themstinky pinky a rhyming word game, and they liked it but they kept trying to rhyme things like rock and hop or poodle and ‘park. Most of them were electrical engineers or lab chemist, professions that did not prioritized word play.

Bonus Treat: The full post includes a video of my choral debut

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Doggie Promenade or Discretion by Deterrence

Doggie Promenade or Discretion by Deterrence

TUCSON UPDATE: We’ve moved sites several times, but we’ve finally settled in at our permanent parking spot, on Doggie Promenade

It’s not really called doggie promenade, we actually live on the corner of “one” and “entrance”—the very first site in the park. We’re kind of like the welcome committee, which is also kind of like being the village doormat.

THE CONS: Our new site is across the street from the dumpster and the punch code accessible “butterfly garden.” We are also across from the motorized entrance gate. Everyone entering or exiting the park has to pass through these gates. The butterfly garden is also a popular place to walk pets, so the majority of the K-9 community passes by our porch on a daily basis. What I'm saying is, it’s an aurally rich location.

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Ode to a Bike

Ode to a Bike

You don't always completely appreciate a good bike until some miscreant steals it out of a hospital staff parking lot in broad day light.

Recently, on my drives to work I've had some time to reflect on my bike (a gold colored 2004 Kona "Jake the Snake" serial number: F006K0007 in case anyone in the Tucson area spots it) and the adventures we've had over the past 12 years.

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Mountains are red, Pilosocereus are Cacti and they're blue.

Mountains are red, Pilosocereus are Cacti and they're blue.

Hey! It's valentines day! I took this picture of a heart shaped cactus  on our hike up to Douglas Springs. I got cactied on the way back down and I'm still pulling prickers out of my shin!

I thought it'd be interesting to ask the valentine veterans who I live with what they're doing to celebrate this hallmark holiday. There are folks staying here from all over the country and perhaps they have other romantic gestures worth noting. 

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