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)
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... (http://www.riskybusinesstucson.com/)), 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:
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
* 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!