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Last Night Stateside - Night 13

Tucson, United States


Columbus Day, a second rate holiday if that. My hosts, however, were required at their day jobs, so I had the pleasure of taking the Volvo for a ride today. After another conference call tying up some loose ends at work, I drove west on Speedway Boulevard up to Gates Pass Recreation Area in Tucson Mountain Park. I hiked a short way up to a small, rock outcropping that likely had a name, though I don't know it, and hung out for a while letting the warm desert wind blow through my hair. From my perch I contemplated the dangerous beauty of this place. Life clings so precariously to the rock and dirt here. The plants and animals use each drop of water as if it were their last, and when given the chance they explode in beautiful colors and odds shapes, vicious bites and sharp points. Tis a small and juvenile mind that finds the desert boring and dull.

In the afternoon i finished up some final shopping errands. Chad and Crissy returned home and we headed to our old happy hour haunt, Bison Witches, for my last supper, as it were. The waitresses remained as good looking as ever, though the potato bacon soup was a bit more watered down than I remember. Justin met us out and I spent the night as his place near Mountain and Grant.

What I Learned Today: I have some truly amazing, generous friends all across this amazing land.


permalink written by  exumenius on October 8, 2007 from Tucson, United States
from the travel blog: Down Under trip Preparation
tagged Hike and TucsonMountains

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