First Week in Tucson / The Road to Nogales / August 24, 2013
We arrived in Tucson in the late afternoon on Saturday, August 17, 2013. We were able to check in at our new apartment that evening, and started unpacking right away. Curtis had only seen it once before this day, and I have to say, he did a great job at picking out our home for the next 2 years!
Curtis still had 1 week before school began, so we took some time to settle in, and also go explore the area! We went for a sunset hike on A Mountain, then walked around Tucson Mall where we discovered that there is a Cheesecake Factory that’s 10 minutes walking distance from our apartment…boy are we in trouble!
Then one morning, we drove to Tucson Mountain Park and went to tour the Sonoran Desert Animal Museum. It’s actually more like a zoo, with desert animal exhibits all along a walking path through the desert. I have to say, as cool as it was, it also freaked me out realizing that all of these animals/reptiles are things we could encounter on the trails!
After walking through the whole thing, we went to a presentation on rattle snakes and gila monsters. Ok, I’m really not crazy about coming across these on the trails, and was a bit nervous when we went letterboxing right after…and Curtis tried to comfort me telling me he’d never seen ANY wildlife on trails in the 2 years he’s lived and hiked here.
Well, that very night, we went for a sunset walk at Sabino Canyon with Curtis’ friend Mitch, and we saw a bunch of javelinas (scary hairy pigs) AND a tarantula. A first for both of us, and just goes to show that I can’t trust that I’ll never see anything just because Curtis hasn’t!
On our first full weekend here, we went on a letterboxing adventure down I-19 with Mitch and his cousin, Alex. The day started with the guys trying to convince me that Nico’s is the best Mexican food, then finally the real fun began when we got on the road. We stopped to hike on the Anza Trail, at the Sahuarita Mine, and the San Xavier del Blanc Mission.
Our final stop was to walk around Nogales and stand next to Mexico! We didn’t cross over today, but it was fun thinking about how just 2 weeks ago, Curtis and I were crossing over the Rainbow Bridge from Ontario to New York! Married life is an exciting adventure, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us next!