Saguaro, Tucson & Coronado N.F.
Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
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Roadrunner Hostel, which was recommended in our "Let's Go USA" travel guide, provided us a private room, shared bathroom, Belgian waffle breakfast and conversation with other travelers and some residents. I think the value lies in their dorm rooms, though, the upgrade didn't seem worth the price we paid. It was, however, a good location for exploring the university of Arizona campus and surrounding area, especially 4th Ave.'s strip of shops and cafes between Broadway and University.
After an early morning oil change for Giwi (short for Sacagawea, our nickname for the little Nissan Sentra), we bummed around town for a few hours, planning our future itinerary a little further, and exploring the UA campus. Our time at UA's Center for Photography was especially enjoyable. We saw eight Ansel Adams photographs and a current exhibit by Linda Conner that captured the sacred in numerous images, primarily taken in India and Africa over the last thirty years. The artist's arrangement of the images, outside chronological order, was especially powerful, revealing fluidity without the aid of external constructs, time and place.
Pleased with our city venture, but ready to escape again to nature, we drove back up to Coronado National Forest to camp at Molino Basin, which lies between 4,000 and 5,000 ft. on Mount Lemon, and even though we only stayed one night, it was by the most enjoyable camping experience we've had so far. The weather was cool at night, but still warm enough to leave the fly off the tent. The secluded area had sites that were very well laid out and even provided some shade. And the lack of wind enabled us to linger over breakfast and watch the birds. A nice way to start a special day - John's birthday! We set out for a quick hike up a portion of the Arizona Trail from its trailhead at Molino Basin campground before departing for Scottsdale, AZ.