Tag Archives: Hiking

Wild Flowers and Wild Greens

The weather has been unseasonably warm the last few days, and although we’re supposed to get some more rain soon, I enjoyed a hike though Catalina State Park last weekend. Because we’ve had such a wet winter, the desert is really springing into life!

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Monsoon Season

The Sonoran Desert is one of the most lush deserts in the world, because of its unique pattern of rainfall. Not only do we get winter rains, which are slow and steady, but we also have a monsoon season in the summer, consisting of regular heavy thunderstorms. We had our second monsoon rain of the summer last night, so I decided to go on a nature hike this morning. Continue reading

Gila Monster

Hiking around the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains this morning, I experienced a real treat: my first wild Gila Monster. I was walking around, looking for bugs, when I heard scratching sounds coming from a bush to my right. I looked down, and saw a Gila Monster walking towards me. I stood still to let it pass, but it saw me and turned right around. Continue reading

Desert in Bloom

Exciting news! I have just moved to Tucson, AZ! While I have been volunteering in the aquarium industry for a while now, I just got a real, full-time position at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. I drove from California to Tucson yesterday, so today was my first full day here. To celebrate, I went on a nature walk and decided to start the Homesteading Hippy back up with the pictures I took. Continue reading

Southern California: First Nature Walk

I have been trying to locate a park close to where I live. I knew it was there, and have made several fruitless expeditions in search of it. Today, I stuck gold! Guajome County Park in Vista is a beautiful place to hike. Here are just a few of the things I saw during the four hours I was out. Continue reading

I made it to California!

After a week of getting settled, I would like to show you all a bit of the environment near where I work now, at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, California. It turns out that my friend Jordan, from college, was visiting at exactly the time that I arrived, so we spent a lot of time together over the last week. Continue reading

Spring is Almost Here!

I took another long walk today, photographing plants that caught my interest as I went along. I was hoping, once again, to find some sign that Spring is on it’s way, what with the equinox being three days away. I should have known better, since temperatures didn’t rise above freezing at all today and it snowed this morning, but I did get some nice pictures for you so I call it a success. Continue reading