My sister Shannon made her annual trip to Arizona on Saturday, this time around we had a few new activities lined up and places to explore in Tucson for the extended weekend. We hung out in the valley on Saturday afternoon, did a little shopping, visited the Scottsdale museum, and went out for dinner that evening. Sunday morning we made the drive to Tucson for our first excursion of the day, a horseback ride into the foothills of the Catalina Mountains, which turned out to be a lot of fun (even after my horse ran away). The ride lasted two and a half hours, and to our surprise, neither one of us were sore...not bad after taking a 20 year hiatus from riding.
From there, Shannon and I headed further South to check out the famous San Xavier mission near Sahuarita, Arizona. We didn't stay long, as the sun fell further from the sky, daylight was limited and we still wanted to hike in Madera Canyon before dark. The Bog Springs trail seemed like a good choice and it didn't disappoint. The scenery in this canyon is spectacular, from any angle you look, especially the fortress-like peak of Mt Wrightson. We settled in to our cabin at the Santa Rita Lodge and I prepped my gear for a long run through the mountains the next morning.