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

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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Comment balloon 17 commentsMike Jones • February 21 2011 11:32PM



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

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 10 years ago

WOW, Mike, what AWESOME views!!!!

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 10 years ago

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

Your Friend in Charlottesville

Posted by Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Solutions) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Kim McMahon (Executive Realty Group) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Michael and Cheron Lange, Associate Broker, GRI (Solutions Real Estate) almost 10 years ago


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

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 10 years ago

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.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 10 years ago


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

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 10 years ago

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

Thanks for sharing..

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team) about 8 years ago
Sounds like an awesome day!
Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) almost 8 years ago

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