As you hike up this main path, a small trail called Esperero trail, branches off to the northeast. Kim and I hiked this one on many occaisons. It was especially beautiful in early spring when the wildflowers were in bloom and there would be so many butterflies. I stopped at the trailhead to tell the kids the stories of Mama and I hiking this trail...
Near mile marker 1, we spot water!
At mile marker 1, Autumn sits down to get some water out of her Ramona and Beezus pack.
And, I tell the kids, how next time we will take the tram. I've forgotten how that first mile is always the hardest. It is uphill most of the way, before sloping downhill quickly to the mile marker. It is also the least scenic and seems to take forever.
And finally, our all time favorite swimming spot - stop # 6, about 2 1/2 miles up the main trail. We would spend hours working on our tan, eating, swimming, hiking. Once, we were swimming and I saw a tiny head swimming just between us...'Kimmy...look!' I whispered. 'What?' Kimmy asked...'Snake!' I whispered back. Kim got out of that water faster than I've ever seen her move! We took all of our visitors to this particular piece of beach. The day after our wedding, we took everyone on the shuttle ride and stopped here for a picnic lunch. When Kim's niece, Niki, came to visit, we swam here. Cody and Autumn both splashed and froliced in these waters. And today, finally, Antonio had his chance to skip stones and throw sticks into the water. I promised him we'd come back when it was a little warmer. This water is frigid right now, the result of snow run off from Mt. Lemmon towering high above us to the north.
We were blessed with a beautiful day (about 70), and with flowing water in the canyon and the sunshine, of course, the sunshine warming our hearts as we hiked together...
After our 5 mile hike, we were starving! So we went to Viro's!! Vito came out and had lunch with us - Autumn scarfed an immense plate of pasta! Tonio ate a ham sandwhich and Cody had the panini Italiano and mozz sticks. I went with the fish burrito...I'm telling you, it's good!
We weren't done yet! We had tickets to go see the Univeristy of Arizona Icecats versus the Arizona State Univeristy Ice Devils...Amy, Tom and Alex came with and we picked up David, Andrea and Mario's son, too. We first went to eat at El Minuto, right across the street from the TCC.
When we got home, well after 10, we spotted some javelinas eating our neighbor's flowers!
It was so good to go back to Sabino Canyon and share the memories I have of the special times Kim and I spent there...and to give them a new memory of a great day we shared together and to get Antonio there for his first visit!