Enjoying nature as well as more time for hiking were part of my decision to adopt a nomadic lifestyle earlier this year. I started out my solo road trip adventure with a couple of weeks in West Texas and some fantastic hiking at Big Bend National Park. Next I lived in Tucson Arizona for seven weeks and enjoyed solo hiking at Mt Lemmon, Sabino Canyon, and the Saguaro National Park.
Many of the locals told me that I had picked a good time to visit Tucson. The hot temperatures of summer continued into early fall. I arrived in Tucson in mid-October. The daytime temperatures became comfortable for hiking and outdoor activities around Southern Arizona.
Every day that I go hiking or spend some time immersed in nature I feel like I’ve been rewarded with a cheap therapy session. There is something magical and meditative about observing nature. I am not the only one that has adopted this belief – there is a field of study known as ecopsychology. Some researchers believe that one’s connection with nature can improve relationships and overall well-being.
My solo hiking around Tucson included desert hikes and mountain hikes. I prefer hiking in the mountains but the desert hikes are a great way to become familiar with some of the wildlife and the plants of the desert. I enjoy learning about how the various plants and animals have adapted to life in the Sonoran Desert.
Here are some of the animals I captured with my camera while doing some solo hiking around Tucson Arizona.
Tucson Arizona offers many trails that are excellent for solo hiking and there is plenty of interesting wildlife to see along the way. Sabino Canyon was my favorite hiking destination but I enjoyed all of my hikes in Tucson. Southern Arizona is a great place to enjoy the outdoors in autumn.