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Water in Sabino Creek

Morning fog in Sabino Canyon after a night of heavy rain.

This fog bank is soon to overtake us as we watched it move from the creek up the side of the canyon.

We read that Sabino Creek was dry for 154 days – very unusual for the winter months. I am very happy to see it full of water this morning. This is the only photo in this posting taken with the phone.

Eight of the Nine dam/bridges had water on them. We have spent many hours clearing these bridges of vegetation and debris.

These stonework wonders are interesting engineering as they are designed for the high waters to flow over, but to act as dams by creating recreation pools during lower water levels.

The up stream side of a bridge has a quiet reflecting pond, even while the water is pouring over on the other side of the road.

The water had bubbles and was dark with tannins like an exquisite root-beer.

We checked out Anderson Dam area for trash…we did find some floating debris but mainly just enjoyed the beauty of the waterfall.


We also pulled some of the grasses and weeds from the 3.7 island we had planted earlier in the season. So much easier to pull from wet soil!

It seemed like a good day to improve this little corner of the park. We shoveled out the base of the sign, moved some cobblestones and placed on the slope, backfilled with dirt and will wait for the rain to push the dirt between the rocks and clean things up. We will check on it next weekend…

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Phoenix, AZ with Family

We drove to Phoenix to be with these wonderful people! My aunt and uncle have another seasonal rental in Sun City. We coordinated our visit to also be with Mom.

We met J & J who were camped at White Tanks for an outing.

The ladies all looking good in turquoise or is that teal sky!

And the guys in khaki…not like we coordinated our hiking outfits.

We enjoyed a picnic lunch after the walk to the waterfall. Photos from previous walk http://tealsky.com/2016/01/09/white-tank-mts-phoenix-area/

A joint birthday celebration!

And a very nice dinner out at Firebirds. We each had something different!

We ended our time together with lunch at the Arizona Biltmore, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The red flowers enhance the composition.

As does the palm tree with the roof line.

An entry canopy.

We did not swim in this lovely pool but we did enjoy the rec centers in Sun City – the tennis, pool and hot tub.

The Sprites….there are some of these in Dow Gardens in Midland. There were 6 here guarding the grounds.

Stained glass window in lobby is classic FLW.

We had lunch on the outdoor patio next to the waterfall, not this private room.

The indoor portion of the restaurant.

Until we meet up again, we will have the memories of this time together in Arizona.

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Working days on Mt Lemmon

We are doing maintenance in the parking areas and pullouts on the Catalina Highway. With all the cigarette butts, we are amazed there is not a fire every day. Smokey Bear must be watching over us.

Lots of cyclists working hard for 23 mile climb to enjoy the tuck back down to Tucson. A Sky Island is an isolated Eco system: this is the equivalent of going from Mexico to Canada with the change in plants as the elevation increases.

Gorgeous scenery along the way. Photos from a non-working day http://tealsky.com/2014/12/22/mt-lemmon-daytrippers/

Picnic lunch at Rose Canyon Reservoir to appreciate the scenery.

Complete with ducks begging for scraps.

Taking in the view south from Windy Vista with the road winding its way back to the valley.

Sabino Creek starts on Mt Lemmon. Sabino Canyon National Rec Area is at the base of the mountain – contiguous with the Santa Catalina National Forest for hiking but you have to drive through part of Tucson to get to it by car.

It is great to see other people out enjoying this beautiful day!

We deserve a bit of a break after raking the picnic areas and cleaning out the grilles. Great placement of this table!

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Winnebago Travato 59K Insulating Doors

We realized doors were not insulated, so we carefully removed cover panels on the back doors and sliding door.

We lined the cavities with 2″ thick batt insulation. We are happy with the results as it seems to cut down on cold air drafts as well as hot air infiltration.

We used a total 7 rolls of 16″ x 48″ unfaced fiberglass, purchased at the local Home Depot.

This is the lower portion of the sliding door. We also used some Great Stuff “Big Gap Filler” insulating foam sealant on the top and bottom 8″ of the sliding door for more efficient seal.

This is the back passenger door before insulation. There is option for a storage compartment but we wanted the insulation.

This is back driver side door which also shows an option for additional storage.

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January 2018 at Sabino Canyon, AZ

Ready to Celebrate Happy New Year 2018!

What a beautiful New Year Eve Sunset

A view of our picnic area. Ready for some errands in Tucson.

Along East Bear Creek Trail – an easy 3 mile loop we walk from our camp.

Looking down on the island at 3.7 miles on the road from Phoneline Trail.

This is 3.7 island and the end of the road for the trams. This a little garden area we have adopted by adding an occatillo last year, and this year a staghorn cholla, a barrel cactus, as well as an agave (at my feet). We pruned the beautiful hop bush and left a few other interesting plants. Many people touch the rock as an achievement for running or walking to this point so we made it a bit more accessible. We make weekly trips to water and keep the weedy grass from regrowing.

Another beautiful sunset in the canyon from our camp!

A hike to 7 Falls — no water at all in any of the stream crossing. And no water falls but a beautiful reflection pond is still retaining some water.

One of the many art shots we took while appreciating how the reflection was more scenic because of heightened contrast.

A really nice spot to hang out and contemplate before our 4-mile walk back to camp.

The Canyon during the three day government shutdown: the parking lots and visitor center were closed, creating work for law enforcement.

We spent a day at Catalina State Park with Joan and Jim – we hiked some of the trail to Romero Pools, enjoyed a picnic lunch together, wine o’clock at their camp followed by Joan’s delicious beef stew. Nice day.

Back on the job, we refinished 4 teak benches at the visitor center. Lots of sanding, bending over, and 2 coats of linseed oil.

Two of the larger benches that get more sun damage.

Oh but they feel sooooo nice. Such a good job~!

Couldn’t resist a detail shot!

Storm clouds but still no rain. It is extremely dry — very different from last January!¬† But enjoying another beautiful sunset.

And the full super blue blood moon rise.

We enjoyed one night from our camp site and the other at Saguaro National Park West with the native flute music.

A wonderful way to end this January 2018.

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A Tucson Birthday Celebration

A special three dimensional card made by my friend Wendy in Spain – can’t believe it has been 10 years since we met them and been together. Very nice we still communicate! This card is more beautiful in person with the amethysts and pearls. I am loving the squirrels.

Happy hour party with our friends! We met all 4 years ago: fun to get everyone together.

Burgers and beer on Zinburger’s patio in front of the fireplace.

And of course some wine…a Mischief Red. Appropriate!

M & R surprised me with a gorgeous and yummy cake. We divided into 8 pieces and devoured the entire delight!

J & J brought some gifts for the aging – a diaper, um, swim suit bag – and assistance for those difficult jars.

The next night, we indulged with a nice quiet meal out. And more wine.

And more desert!

And the next night, we celebrated with champagne, flan, and strawberries…

with some more cards and gifts….

…and friends bearing consumable gifts. Good we will be able to keep the party going for a while!

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Heading to Sabino Canyon, Arizona

Retracing our steps, we picked up the MINI in Denver, the Travato in Kansas, and returned to Lake Meredith to catch up on sleep. http://tealsky.com/2016/11/11/oklahoma-texas-panhandles/

We revisited White Sands NM for a beautiful hike on the dunes. http://tealsky.com/2015/12/09/white-sands-new-mexico/

We camped near by on this picturesque pond.

Near Las Cruces, we enjoyed this spot in the Organ Mountains NM for a few nights Рmeeting up with an architecture friend for a Rotary event. First time here in the Travato  http://tealsky.com/2015/12/08/organ-mountains-new-mexico/

Back at our site #2 in Sabino Canyon, enjoying happy hour with Site #1 friends, co-volunteers. Last time we saw them: http://tealsky.com/2017/05/22/flying-from-ft-collins-colorado/

The sunsets are memorable looking east with the saguaros in the foreground. Pictures from a year ago http://tealsky.com/2017/01/15/sabino-canyon-tucson-first-weekfull-moon/

A coworker made this awesome flan for the holiday party! We had to try three servings just to make sure it was as good as it looked!

A Merry Christmas to You Saguaro Nativity.

Sabino Creek is very low with no water flowing, just a few little reflection pools.

This coati was hanging around one of the little pools with 4 other family members – we sure enjoyed watching them forage!

Some incredibly nice fall color as we started our work routine up the canyon.

Hiking on another day we found this pop up art installation of balanced rocks.

This must take a lot of patience but it was very fun to come across it. A peaceful way to start 2018.

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