Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Sunday, March 11 – We went to the Tucson Farmer's Market at St. Philip's Plaza today.


They say there are over 70 booths at this wonderful market. Fresh vegetables, fruits, and delightful baked goods.....yeah, we purchased some cookies and a muffin.



There is goat cheese and goat milk....we purchased the cheese! Delicious!


Fresh peppers and roasted peppers....we liked the roasted peppers! So you see, we enjoyed the Farmer's Market and contributed to the local small businessmen of Tucson.

We hurried home to take advantage of the amazing weather for a hike in the mountains. Our destination was Gates Pass, the same place we enjoyed last night's sunset. There are many nice trails leading up into the mountains and out into the desert. Having hiked the desert several times we choose the mountains for today's hike.


Pretty steep climbs.

We sent several hours hiking from the desert valley up the mountain and actually looked down on Gates Pass the passage between Saguaro National Park and downtown Tucson.

Today we learned that Barrel Cactus always lean to the south.

There were quite a few people out hiking and enjoying the wonderful weather. Fortunately, this is a huge area and we saw very few people on the trails. As the saying goes, after the first half mile of trail, you lose over 50% of other hikers. After the first mile, 75% are gone.


That looked like the case today. Although, on the highest point of our hike on a particular narrow path, we had to scoot over and let a dad and his three kids (I would guess all under 10 years old) pass on their way up the mountain. Guess they start them out young enjoying the outdoors in the Tucson area.


Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. Visiting farmer's markets will be high on our list after we retire. The ones near us are open on weekday mornings ... while we're at work!

  2. You two are very ambitious doing that climb.

    Gotta love roasted peppers and goat cheese. Goat milk? Not so much.

  3. After seeing that snake on your trail, I bet you spend a lot more time looking down than you did before. As the weather warms up there will be more and more of his friends on those Arizona trails too.

  4. The goats milk cheese: bought it! The roasted peppers: bought 'em! If you go back, find the empanada guy and get some - outstanding! Looks like you two are taking advantage of all the good things Tucson has to offer.

  5. I bet the market has some good things to eat.

  6. Have you two lost like 50 lbs.. geez.. I feel so lazy. I read everyday that all you are doing is hiking for hours a day. I'm gonna have some skinny parents!!

    LOVE YOU!!!!!! kelly

  7. Met Odel yesterday... You can hike in the desert out the back of this park, all BLM land behind us.See ya soon, we hope

  8. OK, you've enlightened us that Barrel Cactus always lean to the south. Now the million $ question.... WHY? Inquiring minds want to know :-)

  9. Love the looks of that Farmer's Market. We only have such markets in the summer here in Eugene. Would be nice to have access to local produce all year round.

  10. You two are looking pretty tan from all of that hiking! :)

  11. I see that Mr. Paul has a stick of some kind. . .smart man!


  12. Great looking hiking trail. I don't think I've ever tasted Goat's Cheese!

  13. Local farmers' markets are so much fun...if we can only pass by those outstanding baked goods! LOL What a beautiful place to catch the sunset! You got great pictures!

  14. I sure hope and pray my Rick never suggests a hike...I'd never make it up and back....not that i'm lazy I can hike around a zoo or plantation anytime..just don't like the mountain thing...I get tired just reading about


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