Bear Canyon & Sabino Canyon Trails: Full Moon Picnic

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Bear Canyon Trail Full Moon Hike & Picnic. (May 09, 2009)

BEAR CANYON TRAIL HIKE & FULL MOON PICNIC: whoever heard of a picnic at night? In a canyon? Well, until today I never heard of such an inconceivable idea. Mr. X as usual came up with this incredible idea; invited the hiking team and I sent my RSVP to confirm attendance. There was to be a picnic after the hike with red wine watching the moon rise over the Catalina’s . . . Have you ever looked up in the night sky on a full moon, only to see the man on the moon peering down back at you? I do that when the moon is full and still wonder . . .

The full moon has always been a source of intrigue for me, as a child my mother told stories about the shadow on the moon: she said it was the man on the moon tiling his land in preparation for sowing of seeds: he has to eat you know! Since I never pursued it, I grew up believing there was actually a man on the moon.

Bear Canyon Full Moon Hike & Picnic. (May 09, 2009). The hiking party
My question was always "why does he never stop tiling his land? Does he not get tired? Does he not need rest and time to do other things?" As I moved from high school to college, I began reading TIME magazine and my Tanzanian friend Vivian had copies of the National Geographic since her father was a diplomat (the magazines were not readily available even in libraries). I learned from both magazines and later by listening to BBC (British Broadcasting Company) radio, the adventures of mankind to the moon (Americans versus Russians) and the desperate need to know if there indeed was life on the moon and if it is habitable at all. Did this change my childhood belief about the man on the moon? You bet ya!

Today my friend Joe picked me up and we headed to Sabino Canyon to rendezvous with our SAAC and X-Hiking group members to go on one of the most exciting hikes I have ever been on: The Full Moon Picnic Hike at Bear canyon.

Bear Canyon Full Moon Hike & Picnic. (May 09, 2009). he Picnic
The idea came about five days earlier when we had gone hiking the Breakfast Canyon, Joe, Steve and I decided that since the moon would be full soon a picnic in the night under the full moon would be an exciting activity for the hikers. Steve took it to heart and was instrumental in getting the idea posted on both SAAC (Southern Arizona Adventure Company) and X-Hiking (which by the way is his private hiking group). The idea was to have an easier hike and still enjoy the full moon and maybe even some howling, ha-ha! Steve says Joe likes howling at the moon (reminds me of my Kansas City Travbuddy meet up).

We all met at the Sabino Canyon Visitor's centre at 6:30 pm. to allow for some cooling: it was 101 degrees Fahrenheit today in Tucson. At 6:30 it was down to the mid 80s and bearable with the breeze.

Bear Canyon Full Moon Hike & Picnic. (May 09, 2009). The moon rising over the mountain
Steve included a list of things we needed for the night hike and picnic: the usual s like 2 litres of water, flash light, a great attitude, a good joke or two and for the picnic something of our choice. Steve also provided 3 bottle of red wine which Alicia offered to carry all the way to avoid having Steve leaving them at the picnic site all afternoon in 101 degree temperature. Alicia said her daughter was so taken a back when she heard that Steve wanted to leave the wines outside: she and Steve had to have a talk about WINE after the hike ha-ha!

We hiked along the wash beds and made a brief stop at a water fall, the quiet (silence) and soft bird sounds were so interesting to be apart of. Since the night was quickly moving on, we hastened our hike with no more stops past the water falls.

Bear Canyon Full Moon Hike & Picnic. (May 09, 2009)
The scenery was incredible even in the darkness, I promised I would retrace the trail again in day light so I can enjoy the view, Steven promised to hike with me in the day time so I will hold him to his promise. He seems to be very good at keeping his word, especially because hiking is his greatest passion. He is an amazing guy, his adventures in hiking are many and I have had about a few, one was intriguing to me - the midnight hike of the Grand Canyon, I do not recall the name of the hike it was something like Midnight Madness ha-ha! If you are bored sometime, try hiking in the night, it is an experience in it's own category. You will not regret unless you get bit by a rattle snake or have a cougar jump at you, just kidding.

Now I have plans to go hiking the Midnight madness at the Grand Canyon, exciting is the word!

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