HooDoos Guard the Catalina Highway Between Tucson and Summerhaven

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HooDoos conversing along the highway to Summerhaven: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ HooDoos Conversing ~

Outlanders have no idea of the beauty to be found in and around the city of Tucson, Arizona.  National TV is partly to blame.  The weatherman shows a map of the United States, and points to the desert southwest painted red on the map, while Chicago is green.  "Be glad we live in Chicago!  It's 105 in Tucson today!"  Here along the road to Summerhaven, the temperature will be 20 degrees cooler, and when you get to the top, you might as well be in southern Canada!

The Catalina Highway begins on the desert floor, and wends its way 26 miles through some of the most magnificent scenery and geology to be found anywhere in the United States.  It's a great drive for motorcycle enthusiasts.

This pullout in a four mile stretch peopled with 'hoodoos' is one of my favorite.  Don't these two put you in awe?  I imagine them conversing about the human ants running up and down the highway.  They were right there when the dominant society in these parts was Apache.  Pretty cool, I think.


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Comments (24)

Dave Roberts
Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty - Healdsburg, CA

Great photo and a smart observation about our tendency to think the snapshot is the same as the real thing. Tucson is a lot more than a temperature map on a weather broadcast.

Oct 05, 2011 02:27 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Mike, Took me a minute to retrieve the term Hoodoo from the back of the brain!  Great shot, I've always loved driving around Arizona when business or vacation has brought me down there.  Bill

Oct 05, 2011 02:28 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Mike, that is a great shot! I love those hoodoo's, now I have to go and Google the origins of the name, LOL.

Oct 05, 2011 02:30 AM
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Interesting perspective there, Mike, Chicago will be headed to Tucson in January :)

Oct 05, 2011 03:52 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


We'll keep the light on for them...


Me too.  Funny that I didn't think of that; I feel a blog coming...


Call me next time you're in town!


Yes it is!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Oct 05, 2011 05:30 AM
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Mike, this is beautiful and yes I find the hoodoos very unique and intriguing! Are there many of them? I had no idea about the temp difference! Stupid ole weather man! Looks like a great place to be!

Oct 05, 2011 07:19 AM
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

Back when I was a kidd, they used to have names for some of them.  Names people probably would not recognize... like Punch and Judy...   

Oct 05, 2011 08:37 AM
Michael and Cheron Lange
Solutions Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Associate Broker, GRI

WOW Mike, that is really cool!!!

Oct 05, 2011 10:39 AM
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

HI MIKE!  One of my all time favoriate roads to travel!  It's hard to look up all the time at the HooDoos so it's worth a stop just to take it all in!

Oct 05, 2011 10:48 AM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Mike great photo.  I never knew what a HooDoo was.  Would never have known it if I saw it.

Oct 05, 2011 12:27 PM
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

I love HooDoos, my favorites are the whole armies of them, like prehistoric giants frozen in time.

Oct 05, 2011 06:09 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


The Catalina Highway doesn't have armies of them, but it has many more than my little photo would represent.  Perhaps companies of them...


Thanks for showing up!  Come back soon.


Amen to that!

Michael & Cheron,

It is pretty cool, isn't it?


I remember Punch & Judy, and I'll bet I'm not the only Rainer to do so...


Plan a visit one of these days!

Mike in Tucson

Oct 06, 2011 03:04 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 am not sure which is more beautiful, the unusual stone formations or the bright blue sky.....

Oct 06, 2011 03:56 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


The cool thing is that you don't have to choose!  :)

Mike in Tucson

Oct 07, 2011 01:38 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Beautiful shot Mike - interesting name!

Oct 07, 2011 01:50 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Hope you had your closing.  I enjoyed lunch so much.  It was super nice to meet you in person.  And your recommendation of Beyond Bread was totally perfect.  I really wish they would franchise.  (or you could just suggest their next location be in Milledgeville, GA)

Oct 07, 2011 03:41 PM
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Mike,

Who do's

And who doesn't?

That is the question they are discussing...

Quite the interesting formation!


Nov 28, 2011 11:15 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Mike, Great photo and an educational piece for me since I never heard of the term hoodoo before.  A great name.  According to Wikipedia these formations can also be called a "fairy chimney", another interesting name.  Thank you.

All the best to you in 2012!


Jan 14, 2012 01:33 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Me again Mike....these hoodoos might be recounting the ditty from The Bachelor and The Bobby-socker...off by the first letter of course.  :)


Jan 14, 2012 01:42 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I hadn't seen that movie, and the clip made me laugh.  Thanks!!

Mike in Tucson

Jan 15, 2012 01:15 PM