Bring lotion. My hands were...
Bring lotion. My hands were so dry, and cracked so bad that it hurt to make a fist. I justed lathered lotion on my hands in the morning and at night and it worked. Being able to see for miles while sitting on top of my friends roof. Looking out over the desert at night was beautiful.
They drive pickup trucks
Looking at traffic in Tucson I noticed that they used to drive usually quite large pickup trucks.
In Europe (even in warm Mediterranean areas) and even more in Poland they are much less popular at least for the three reasons, I suppose:
- unreasonable price,
- weather (snow, rains),
- they are unpractical (easy to steal unlocked/uncovered loadings).
And they are supposed to be mainly farmers' vehicles in European warmer countries.
Why are they so popular there - either in city of Tucson and in Saguaro National Park where off road driving is forbidden and where it never snows? Almost never to be more exact.
VOICE 1 (from the USA):
Americans generally like everything big because that means power and money. Its probably a cultural thing, because its not usually very practical.
Since when does someone need a 2300kg vehicle to take kids to school?? LOL
From my friend CHRIS (Balfor) from Atlanta, Georgia, USA:
Pick ups are used for more than just farm work. Many Americans do their own home repairs and a pick up is the ideal vehicle for getting supplies home.
Also, many people use them for gardening so they can bring large amounts of mulch, big plants, etc home.
Many Americans have trailers or campers, and a truck is better for pulling those than a car is.
And some people just like the way a truck looks. :-)
THANK YOU Chris :-).
From my friend KATHERINE (Callavetta) from San Francisco, California, USA:
4WD vehicles are another big cultural issue here in the US now. People buy these huge things that are major gas guzzlers and then drive them around the city, never even going off road or in the snow.
Thank you Katherine.
the rincons and mescal
The quickest way to get to Rincon Peak though hiking is via Mescal Road. Take I-10 southeast of Tucson to the J-Six/Mescal Road exit. Turn left (north) and follow the road past the movie facade town of Mescal until the road becomes dirt. This will wind into the hills, and becomes very narrow and bumpy. The portion past Ash Creek (which normally is flowing) is probably not best for passenger cars, but it can be done. This road takes you into some VERY desolate country, and eventually forks. Both ways take you to trailheads (Miller Canyon on the left, Turkey Canyon on the right) which lead into the Rincon Wilderness and towards Rincon Peak. A little north of this is also the Little Rincons, which are hidden by the surrounding mountains. These consist of rolling, green hills lined with mesquites. They are barely visible at hilltops of Mescal Road, and only a few miles down the hiking trails at the end of the road.
Mescal, like Old Tucson Studios, is a Western facade town. This is a working movie studio, so although it was opened to tours just a couple of years ago, it's also often closed for filming. The tours can be pre-arranged and are $6/person booked through Old Tucson Studios (http://www.oldtucson.com/groups_tours/coach_tours/coach_tours.htm). Walk-up tours are available on certain days (check the above web site for a schedule).
A Bike Tour of Tucson
Start: Himmel Park near Speedway Blvd at Tucson Blvd. Park on Treat or on 1st near Treat.
- Treat Avenue south to 3rd Street
- Right on 3rd Street through the Sam Hughes neighborhood
- Cross Tucson Boulevard with a traffic light
- Cross Campbell Avenue with a traffic light to the University of Arizona Mall
- Stevie Eller Theater is on the right, McKale Center (where the UA Wildcats basketball teams play) is on the left
- Bikes are prohibited ahead, so turn left on Cherry Avenue at the stop sign
- At the next immediate stop sign, turn right into the bike lane
- The Main Library is on the left, the Student Union is on the right
- Follow the loop around Old Main and continue straight (west)
- Continue straight through the stop sign at Park Avenue
- Main Gate Square is on your left and you are following the Old Pueblo Trolley Line (Thursday evening thru Sunday evening). Watch the tracks!
- Continue straight through the traffic light at Euclid Avenue into the West University neighborhood
- At the first stop sign at Fourth Avenue, turn left, following the trolley tracks. Again, WATCH THE TRACKS!
- This is the Fourth Avenue business district, lined with shops, cafes and restaurants. Cross 6th Street at the traffic light and continue past 8th Street at the stop sign into the underpass.
- This underpass was rebuilt in 2008, replacing a structure from 1916. Keep right, but don't be surprised if cars are honking: it's just something people do in this underpass.
- At the traffic light, you are in Downtown Tucson in front of the Hotel Congress and Rialto Theatre. Continue straight onto Congress Street. At this point, there is no bike lane, but this is a nice area to walk anyway, so go ahead and move to the sidewalk.
- At the fourth light, get back on your bike and turn right onto Church Avenue. The old, copper-domed Pima County Courthouse is on your left.
make a left (south) on Stone Avenue and cross Broadway.
- The iconic St. Augustine Cathedral will be on your right. Turn left at this block, Corral Street and continue to the next block, Scott Avenue.
- Turn right at Scott. The Temple of Music and Art is on your right.
- At the end of the street, turn right onto 14th Street. Cross Stone Avenue carefully. There is a designated crosswalk but no signal. Tucson Police headquarters is on your right.
- Turn left at the first street, onto Convent Avenue. You have entered Barrio Viejo (the Old Barrio).
- Continue to 17th Street and turn left. Cross Stone Avenue again and then 6th Avenue. This is the Armory Park neighborhood.
Great Food for your Palate
This establishment, part of a local chain, serves very good local and continental dishes. They are known for their quality and service. Their desserts are par excellent. Garlic Shrimp ontop Pasta with Marinara Sauce. Simply delicious.