Sunday, August 02, 2009

Hiking Finger Rock

One morning, Kfed and I woke up at 5am to hike Finger Rock. Originally, we planned to do another hike but we changed our mind and man- this hike was MUCH harder than I thought it was going to be. We only did about 3 miles and unfortunately, didn't make it all the way to the top but next time, we will plan for this hike and bring more food and water. The hardest part about this whole thing was actually opening our eyes and rolling out of bed! But once we did, it was awesome being on the trail and hiking before 6am. The heat rolls in pretty early too so you have to hike this early to beat the heat.
The one thing I love about hiking in Tucson is the greenery (its actually greener than you think!) and the cool plants growing in the desert. I love the color of the prickly pear (the magenta color) and I am really just mesmerized by the cool cactus and other plants growing in the desert. We finally got close to where we could get a good shot of "Finger Rock" and next time I am there, we are going to go back and hike this (like a weekend day when we have a few hours to kill). The hike is definitely challenging and can't imagine how much harder it will be as you get closer to the top! Its a great workout and really nice on the way up since you are sheltered by the big rocks and trees from the sun (you are in a canyon). But bring your hat, shades and sunscreen for on the way out when the sun starts to rise up!
Kevin got a little scare from this horny toad that jumped out while we were on our way out! I'd never seen one before but this one let me get super close! They look sooo cool!Click here to see more pics from our hike!

1 comment:

Cathy H. said...

Don't ya love the desert! I'm from PHX originally and still miss living there. My brother had a horned toad as a pet (back before they were protected). We would set him in the front yard and turn the sprinkler on and he LOVED it!

Cathy H.