Evening/Night Hike in Sabino Canyon!

Hello heathens! This is another purely social event brought to you by Tucson Atheists. I've met a lot of really great people in this group, and I'd like a chance to get to know you all better, so I'm hoping to start some semi-regular hikes with the group. Tucson has some really amazing trails and some fantastic wildlife, so lets get out and see it! I've been doing regular evening and night hikes in Sabino Canyon this summer, and I thought it would be fun to hike there with my favorite meetup group. This is a great opportunity to meet other members and to see some of the local wildlife that most of us rarely get to see. On these hikes, you may see gila monsters, javelina, all sorts of snakes, desert tortoises, bats, owls, tarantulas, ring tail cats, and more! In case anyone is concerned about snakes, I'll mention this: Bring a flashlight (and use it!) and you'll be fine. These snakes have no interest in biting us. I've watched fellow hikers get within a foot of coiled Western Diamondbacks without even a tail rattle, and I've even pet a Tiger rattlesnake without incident. You'd have to be dumber than me (which is pretty difficult!) to get bit as long as you're paying attention. I've been on dozens of night hikes with hundreds of people without any trouble. The plan is to meet near the visitor's center, and start hiking at 6:30pm. We'll probably start on some of the side trails and eventually meet up with the tram road. It's 3.7 miles to the end of the tram road, so 7.4 miles round trip. I usually go at a decent pace, so plan on 3 hours total. We've have some good monsoons this week, so weather may be an issue. We may get some rain, so it would be a good idea to bring an umbrella or rain jacket as well. If the weather looks like it will be too bad, I'll postpone the hike until we can get some more cooperation. Everyone pray for clear skies! (just kidding : P) Bonus! What better way to end a hike than with a nice cold beer and a bite to eat? Just down the road is Risky Business (
http://www.riskybusin..., a nice little restaurant & bar. It's a little classier than Red Garter (but we won't hold that against them) and has good drinks and food. After the hike, anyone who cares to can head over here and we'll have some post-hike socializing. To get an idea of the wildlife you can see on hikes like this, check out my flickr account:
http://www.flickr.com... Items I'd recommend bringing: * A good, working flashlight. If you have a black light (UV), we can look for scorpions! * A little something to snack on * Camera! * 1 or 2 bottles of water Parking is $5 if you don't have a pass. We can carpool as well. If you would like to come but need a ride, RSVP yes with your basic area. If you're willing to pick some one up who needs a ride, send them a greeting or an email through meetup and make arrangements. I'm coming from near the university, and have room for three in my car. I look forward to hiking with you all!

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  • Philip M.

    Despite the rain, we still saw some neat wildlife, including the biggest Bark scorpion I've ever seen. It was a good chance to get to talk to people without all the distractions of the bar.

    August 29, 2010

  • Don L.

    A good trek through the canyon with plenty to see and loads of critters to observe. Phil is an excellent guide and it's clear I need to add walking to my exercise regimen. The Monsoon rain was a little inconvenient but after it stopped the air was cool and the atmosphere was pleasant. The toads were amazing. The only snake we saw was dead--not our doing. The hamburger and beer at then was good too.

    August 29, 2010

  • Philip M.

    Just checked the weather report (for what it's worth), and it looks like we should be clear between 6 and 10. Perfect timing for us. All the same, I'm bringing two rain jackets and two ponchos, and would recommend some light protection from rain. Get ready to see some wildlife!

    August 28, 2010

  • Philip M.

    Patsy, starting at 6:30 will give us some daylight and I plan on being on the dusty trails for ten or fifteen minutes only at the start, then on the paved road before it gets dark. I do want to make sure that everyone who wants to join does, so we can skip that part if needed.

    August 26, 2010

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