Banker's Holiday: Presidents' Day Hike in the Rincon Mountains

Mortgage and Lending with SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) NMLS 223495

Setting sun paints the Rincons: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

A shadow of his former self: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

I have lived in Tucson for nearly a decade and a half, and I've never hiked in Saguaro National Park East.

Understand that I live west of the Tucson Mountains, and have spent countless hours in Saguaro National Park West.  It was designated a National Park since we moved to Tucson in 1998.  It used to have the National Monument designation.

But I digress...

It takes about an hour to drive from my home in the Tucson Mountains to the very end of Broadway Blvd, where I parked at the trailhead, and headed east.

The first two miles are relatively flat land, and the Saguaro Cacti for which the park is named are very large (and therefore very old.)  The one in the photo above might be more than 150 years old.

Two-foot-tall-or-taller jackrabbits made the day enjoyable with their presence.  They sit real still, and must belive that in doing so, they won't draw attention to themselves.

Didn't work.  I got photos!

I hiked the Pink Hill trail, and saw nothing that resembled pink until the sun set in the western sky.  The sky was all shades of pink tonight, and the afterglow was red.

I wasn't going to put a sunset in this post, but how can I describe it, and fail to show it to you?  I can't.  It just wouldn't be fair, would it?

Getting back to the car: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

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Comments (18)

Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Any day hiking in Arizona is a great day, and it looks like you had a great day.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 21, 2011 03:36 PM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

WOW, Mike, what AWESOME views!!!!

Feb 21, 2011 03:51 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Mike, great photos!  It looks like it was worth the wait!

Feb 21, 2011 04:47 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Mike stunning views and what a great place to go hiking.

Feb 21, 2011 09:12 PM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

The rabbits look to be almost as large the cacti they are sitting next to.  BTW, nice sunset.

Feb 21, 2011 09:38 PM
Charles McDonald®
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner

Amazing colors, I'm glad you included the sunset.

Your Friend in Charlottesville

Feb 22, 2011 12:57 AM
Kim McMahon
Executive Realty Group - Skokie, IL

Mike~ What gorgeous pictures.. Thanks for sharing. I don't think I could ever get bored with that!

Feb 22, 2011 06:48 AM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Mike, I always love to stop by and see your photos. it looks like you had a fantastic hike.

Feb 22, 2011 11:42 AM
Michael and Cheron Lange
Solutions Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Associate Broker, GRI

Wow Mike!!!  You're always in the right place at the right time!  :)  Beautiful!

Feb 22, 2011 03:29 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Life is the right place, so long as I have my camera.  :)


I certainly did; thanks for stopping by.


You're welcome.  It never gets boring.


I knew you would like that.  :)


The rule of thirds.  You're the first to mention it in more than 22,000 comments over three and one half years.  I'll see you on your blog.


That Jackrabbit sits two and one half feet tall to the tip of those long ears.


Everwhere is beautiful with the right attitude.


Yes it was!


You'll have to come see it!


I certainly did.  Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Feb 23, 2011 12:00 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Beautiful pictures Mike.  I want to see the ground with no snow by me!

Feb 23, 2011 06:04 AM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Mike, I always enjoy your photos.  You make Arizona look like a place I should visit... I don't remember anything this beautiful from driving through the state en route to California a few decades ago.

Feb 23, 2011 12:35 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I lived in NJ for 20 years, and I guarantee no one saw anything beautiful driving through on I-95 either.  We have to slow down and travel the blue roads to find the beauty.


Spring's coming; hang in there!

Mike in Tucson

Feb 24, 2011 02:49 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

That was a beautiful shot of the desert. Love the desert animals at night.

Feb 24, 2011 03:59 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I was surprised that the post office was actually open - thanks for that great photo! amazing!!

Feb 24, 2011 09:34 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

So beautiul  to look at..  I would love to go and see for myself..

Thanks for sharing..

Nov 28, 2012 10:41 AM
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
Sounds like an awesome day!
Jan 21, 2013 08:47 PM