The landscape is quite a bit different in Tucson. A week ago I traveled there for my first conference as a trustee of the board to which I was recently elected. I’m happy to report that my wardrobe worked out quite well. I took more than I needed, but that was fine. I was prepared for many different situations. Even though I was in Arizona, the long sleeves and slacks were necessary due to the frigid air-conditioning in the hotel.
While there, I was able to do a pre-conference excursion to Sabino Canyon. We rode the tram one direction and walked the 3.6 miles back. It was a really nice walk and I’m glad I did it. When our sessions ended at 4pm I made a point to swim laps in the tiny (17 yard) lap pool. Even though it was a really short pool, it was nice to swim and stretch after sitting all day. Plus, with the copious amounts of food, I needed to find some way to combat the calorie intake.
Every time I go to Arizona, I’m amazed by the cacti. The Saguaros are amazing. They only grow about an inch per year, and they don’t start growing arms until at least age 50. This one was interesting because of the stuff growing on the top.
The canyon tour was nice because we learned about some of the plants and animals in the area. The weather was great the entire time. Plus, it’s always good when you go someplace and the weather is better than at home.
As I get my thoughts together about the conference, I’m sure I’ll be writing a few more posts about it. But for now, I thought I’d just share a few pictures.