Saturday, October 2, 2010

Saturday Morning

I started my day bright & early @ 3:45am. I got dressed quickly and headed out to Sabino Canyon to help volunteer at the "Hearts for Diamonds" race. I have been involved with quite a bit of volunteer work lately with the University Medical Center. I have met some great people & will explain more about this in some later posts. We were setting up tables and getting the registration tables ready using flashlights since it was still dark outside. Arizona does not observe daylight savings time so the sun still rises very early -- and by 5:30am it was light enough to see your way around. The sun was up over the mountains by 6:00 when the race started. The sun rising over the mountains was breathtaking and I can't believe I forgot to take my camera to capture a picture :(

Sabino Canyon has a 3.7 mile paved road up to the top of a canyon. I found some pictures I took at the canyon back in the spring and have shared them below. What made me a little uneasy about hiking here in the near future was the sign at the base of the trail stating "mountain lion activity high." On the weekends, bikers are banned from using the paved trails but this weekend bikers have been encouraged to ride the trail because of the high frequency of recent mountain lion sightings. I think I'll wait and hike when the mountain lion threat goes back down or until I invest in a hiking gun :)

sabino canyon

view from one of the many hiking trails

another view of sabino canyon

view from the start of the paved trail via

I was home by 8:00am and going back to sleep didn't sound appealing at the time. I woke Ryan and Sumo up & we all walked down to the Farmer's Market. Sumo was exhausted when we got back and I was happy with my purchases. My purchases included:

- head of lettuce
- a big carrot
- 2 small red potatoes
- clove of garlic --- best/strongest garlic I've ever used :)
- ryan bought a small apple pie and it was gone within 2 hours of being home
- a small pumpkin to help me welcome the Fall season --- these 100 degree temps are making me miss NC
- a sample of some organic dog food that sumo consumed in about 2 seconds
- a bag of chicken tamales from our favorite lady (her daughter helps her @ the market since she doesn't know english) ---- only 1 tamale still remains

my purchases

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