The Adventures of Chavalina in the Desert, Pt. 2

Today I went hiking with my friend Bean at Sabino Canyon. I don’t do a lot of hiking, but that’s mostly because I don’t like going out alone. I’ve heard too many stories about unprepared hikers and how quickly one can die from dehydration in the desert. Plus, you could get eaten by a mountain lion. Safer to go in pairs, and be prepared to throw your companion behind to predators. Ha ha.

Today’s hike, though, is one of the easiest trails around Tucson, and it has beautiful views. Many people of all ages hike the main road in Sabino. It is a paved, 3.8 mile stretch and if you don’t want to do the full out-and-back, there is even a tram that you can ride one or both ways. Win! We hiked the full way today, and it was a great day for it. Here are some pics. (And there are more at Bean’s blog. She took pictures of flowers; I just wanted to see a rattlesnake.)

After our hike, we were famished. For lunch, we decided to try Renee’s Organic Oven, a nearby restaurant that features organic and sustainable food. Renee’s has won a couple of restaurant awards in the past year, and I can see why. The menu features many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The atmosphere is casual, and the food is great. I had a personal Vegetarian Delight pizza ($12) with feta cheese, mozzarella, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, red onion, and various other deliciousness. It was cooked to perfection, the crust had a great crispy texture, and the veggies weren’t overcooked (always a danger).

In all, another successful day of break. Tomorrow I may take a day off from fun to do work (boo), but there will be more adventures later in the week. Stay tuned!